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About me

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.

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 2009, Bella 2009), radio and television (The Big Questions BBC1 2010). I also contribute to the national media on a variety of subjects including articles in NOW magazine, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Bride, Grazia and Heat.

I originally trained as a Life Coach in 2005 and as an Image Consultant in 2006. I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, groups, businesses and charities. Following this I completed a Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy in 2012. Currently working at Relate, for the NHS and in private practice, I specialise in relationship issues, especially affairs, whilst also working with a wide range of personal issues such as anger management, bereavement, low self esteem, anxiety and depression.

What is
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 skilled in working with many other personal problems.

Personal Coaching…

…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.

How does being an Image Consultant help?

Our image is a tool we  can use to improve confidence and self esteem. We all have to wear clothes so why not wear those which help us feel positive about ourselves? Looking good and feeling great is nothing to do with money, it is everything to do with knowledge. I can help you learn which colours and styles flatter even the fullest or shortest of figures. If confidence is an issue for you, working on your image is simply a fun and easy way to look and feel fabulous.


In essence I am an experienced counsellor,coach and image consultant 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.

Already working at a Relate centre, I also have my own private rooms where clients can feel relaxed and able to work through any difficult and distressing circumstances.

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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£40.00 per session

Additional information

1 hour appointments at £40.00

Flexible payment options available on request


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

various times during the week including some evenings

Further information

A sample of my Testimonials

"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)

North Lincolnshire

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor counselling room with one step at the front door and one step into the therapy room.


Alison Tinsley : M.A. Relationship Therapy : Dip LC : R.G.N.: BACP (Accred)

Alison Tinsley : M.A. Relationship Therapy : Dip LC : R.G.N.: BACP (Accred)