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 (www.fegans.org.uk), counselling children and doing some Family Support work (parenting issues).

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Additional information

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.

Availability

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

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

Debriefing

- Critical Incident
- Trauma

Christchurch
Dorset
BH23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Organisations

Key details

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

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Alison Watson

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