Alison Watson, BA Hons (Counselling), MBACP (BACP Register of Counsellors)

Alison Watson, BA Hons (Counselling), MBACP (BACP Register of Counsellors)

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About me

I work in private practice, having over 8 years of counselling experience. I offer a safe (and confidential) quiet space in which to share what brings you to counselling. I understand that finding a therapist can be a very daunting thing, and that you will understandably be nervous about trusting a complete stranger, which is why I offer a free half an hour session, to enable you to meet me (not counselling in this free session), and without pressure, decide if you feel comfortable to embark on counselling.

I work with a wide range of issues which includes anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship difficulties (with individuals), workplace stress and bullying, poor self-esteem, bereavement, compulsive hoarding disorder, and trauma including sexual and physical abuse, but if your issue is not listed, please still feel free to contact me, and we can discuss if it would be possible for us to work together.

I am an integrative counsellor, using a variety of therapies and interventions, including creative therapies, and will work with you according to what suits you best, as a unique individual, and always collaboratively so that you are always part of the healing process.  I have a faith, and can work with issues of spirituality, whether shared or of another faith or equally those with none, respecting the Client's position at all times.

Prior to training as a Counsellor, I worked as a Legal Secretary for over 11 years, some of that time on high profile court cases in a high pressure working environments in London.  I am able to draw on these experiences in understanding the challenges of the workplace, its pressures both relationally and from a workload point of view.  I am married with 2 grown up children and so have an understanding of relationships, some of the pressures of parenthood and have experience with those suffering long term health issues.…

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA Honours Degree in Counselling from Roehampton University. I have over 2,500 counselling hours.  I am on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Registration number 063244).

I worked as a Counsellor at the Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre, in Eastbourne, for over 3 years and Counselling Together in Hampshire in addition to my private clients.

I am also trained as a Critical Incident Debriefer - through Le Rucher (Geneva) and in classic Debriefing through People in Aid (London).

I have undertaken practical CPD modules of a Post Graduate Certificate in Children's and Families Therapy, accredited through ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors), and have been working with Fegans (, counselling children and doing some Family Support work (parenting issues).

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I offer a free initial half hour assessment with no obligation to continue.

My fees are £40 for 60 minutes for individuals

Students £30 for 60 minutes, short term contracts available, to cover course requirements for Counselling students.

Concessions may be available dependant on personal financial circumstances (low income or Benefits).

Payment is to be made either by cheque or cash at each session.  Bank transfers can only be accepted in advance and by prior agreement.  I also have a card reader and can accept all major credit and debit cards.

Further information

Therapies offered:

Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

- Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Humanistic Therapies

- Person Centred Counselling
- Gestalt Therapy

Other Therapies

- Creative Therapies
  such as: Inner Child Therapy and Art Therapy


- Critical Incident
- Trauma

Maps & Directions

Christchurch, BH23

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

I can’t offer toilet facilities I’m afraid as external home office.


Daytime and evenings (last appointment 6.30pm) on weekdays only by mutual agreement

Types of client