Alison Turner BA Hons, Dip. Couns, Registered BACP (Accredited)
I'm an experienced, professional therapist who offers you a space which is safe, confidential, warm and supportive where you can talk about aspects of your life that might be bothering you.
Who comes for counselling?
I work with adults who have problems such as depression, anxiety, different kinds of loss, relationship difficulties or problems at work. Some clients come facing life-changing decisions. Or they may want to step back and take a look at where they've come from and how their past may be affecting their current lives. Maybe they just feel there's something wrong with the way they're living but they're not sure what it is.
How counselling can help
As a client, you need to feel safe, understood and respected in your relationship with your counsellor and it's very important for me to provide the kind of space where you feel confident to explore your problems in as much depth as feels comfortable for you. But you're always in control of what you bring to counselling. As your counsellor, I'm not an expert on you - you're the expert on how you feel and how you want to live your life. I'm there to help you think about what your goals are and to work together with you to get there.
I'm totally committed to offering you a space where I listen carefully to the things that have brought you to counselling and do my best to really understand what's going on for you and what your feelings are. It's very important to me that I'm respectful and non-judgemental, and that I offer a warm, welcoming, friendly atmosphere.
What to expect in your first session
In our first session, we'll talk about what has brought you to counselling and how we can work together. We'll discuss things like how many sessions you think you might need, what you want to get out of counselling and any other practical arrangements we might need to make. I usually suggest that we have weekly or fortnightly sessions to start with and each session lasts for 50 minutes. We'll talk about times of the day that are best for you. I usually see people between 10am and 5pm but I can work outside these times if that's better for you.
Although I'm a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor, I've also had training in Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. My way of working is integrative. That means that I have a 'tool kit' of approaches to help you find the best way forward for yourself.
I'm an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I'm fully committed to working within their Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Counselling, University of Warrington
- Diploma in the Supervision of Counselling and the Helping Professions, University of Manchester (2004)
- Psychotherapy in Transactional Analysis (two years training)
- Training in Narrative Therapy (one years training)
- BACP Accredited Member 526279
Training in the following:
CBT Skills, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Relationshp Issues, Assertiveness, Suicide and self-harm, Brief focussed therapy, Mindfulness, Anger Management, Low Self Esteem
- Counselling for the NHS
- Working as on-line Counsellor for Young People
- Work with Employee Assistance Programmes (Face-to-face and Telephone)
- Voluntary work for a Hospice
- Voluntary work with several counselling agencies
- Private counselling.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I'm available from 10am on weekdays. I'm able to work between 5pm and 7pm if required.