M.A. Relationship Therapy : Dip LC : R.G.N.: BACP (Accred)
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As an Accredited BACP member, Relationship Therapist, Counsellor, Life Coach and author I bring a wealth of experience and skill to the counselling arena. Passionate about people and with a compassionate ‘bedside’ manner acquired in a former twenty year nursing career, I'm told by clients I have a friendly, warm and approachable working style.
I originally trained as a Life Coach in 2005 and then completed a Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy in 2012. Working at Relate, for the NHS and in private practice, I specialise in relationship issues, whilst also working with a wide range of mental health and personal issues such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger management and bereavement
No stranger to personal adversity, I have used my own difficult past as a springboard to study and write in order to help others. My story has been featured in the national press (Daily Mirror, Bella), radio and television (The Big Questions BBC1).
I also contribute to the national media on a variety of subjects including articles in NOW magazine, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Bride, Grazia, Heat and most recently in Fabulous magazine (20.3.22)
Counselling and Coaching?
Both are ‘talking therapies’ which help clients bring about effective change or enhance
…is an umbrella term covering various techniques and skills whilst working with difficult or painful issues. I am a fully trained and qualified integrative therapist which means I use systemic, psychodynamic and other proven theories in my work. My speciality is Relationship Therapy and am also skilled in working with many other personal problems and mental health issues.
…is solution focused, doesn’t dwell on the past and uses proven cognitive techniques and strategies to bring about change, usually more quickly than with counselling. I am a trained and skilled coach with a focus on bringing about positive change.
In essence I am an experienced counsellor and coach with a passion for helping clients manage relationship and other personal issues. No stranger to personal adversity, I bring a wealth of understanding and support for those who need help to move forwards.
Integrity, commitment and a smile are guaranteed for my clients. A professional who is fully qualified yet has a warm and caring nature, I am committed to support and guide you through personal problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy 2012
Associate trainer and Coach Goals UK (2010)
Director/Coach/Image consultant at Lavish Lifestyle Consulting (since 2005)
Diploma in Life Coaching (Inst LC 2005)
Registered General Nurse (1985)
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
1 hour appointments at £60.00
Flexible payment options available on request
When I work
various times during the week including some evenings
A sample of my Testimonials
Alison made a HUGE difference to my recovery by enabling me to work through my problems and understand how and why they had caused my breakdown. She is a skilled, empathetic, counsellor. Non judgemental and sympathetic she unravels the issues with care and consideration. I am grateful to Alison beyond words and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
Phil Green (name changed)
"Keep doing what you do, you are fantastic!!
Thanks again Alison, we are so appreciative of your time, input and encouragement, you've been amazing!"
Rachel and George (name changed)
"Thank you Alison. You have helped me enormously and I will be forever grateful."
Sarah Greene (name changed)
"Please don't leave your profession to pursue another career...you're very good."
Paul Smithson, Divisional Director (name changed)