About me

Hi,  I'm Alison and I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and accredited member of NCS. I'm an integrative therapist, which simply means that I've had training on the broad range of therapeutic models (including psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, humanistic, CBT etc) and can therefore use the most appropriate tools and techniques to help and support you with your specific issue(s). However, my core approach is Person Centred which means that your needs are always placed at the centre of the counselling relationship; my role is to support you in a warm, supportive and non-judgemental manner as we work together to untangle your issues and develop a more positive future pathway.

As development of the therapeutic relationship is very important to the outcome, I offer lower cost initial sessions until you are comfortable with how I work and settled into the process.

I am located midway between Nottingham and Derby, close to junction 25 of the M1 and currently available for both face-to-face and online therapy  (using MS Teams, Zoom, Skype or therapy specific platforms).  You  will need a confidential setting for on-line therapy sessions.

I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity's members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK's regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body (National Counselling Society).

I have also trained with a children's charity and work in schools with 11+ aged children/teenagers.

Before I trained as a therapist, my career had been spent working in HR Management in private, public and third sector. organisations. I was able to appreciate first-hand how the stresses of a pressurised job and/or difficult work colleague interactions can often combine with day-to-day pressures (financial, relationships, loss, health etc ) and suddenly tip someone into feeling really anxious and worried  about everything (exacerbated by COVID) and/or really low and demotivated.  This can lead to withdrawing from social interactions/relationships, poor sleep patterns, angry outbursts, phobias, OCD, self-harm and in some cases suicidal thoughts.  Habits adopted to distract, like increased drinking, social media use/gaming, internet shopping, gambling etc can give temporary reprieve but can often make the problems bigger. Friends and family may want to help but often it can feel easier to unload to a counsellor who can listen without judgement, in a confidential safe space, and can then support and encourage you to make any changes needed.

Sometimes poor life experiences (including trauma) either in childhood or early adulthood can really reduce confidence in your own abilities and we can work together to help you prepare for life events such as passing your driving test, attending interviews, presentations or just feeling OK in social settings, by gradually converting negative thought patterns into more positive self-perceptions.

Whatever the issue(s) you are currently struggling with, get in contact. by phone or email. If I think I can help you, we can take it further :  an initial consultation before we progress to paid sessions. If I don't think your situation falls within my level of expertise I will tell you and try to refer you on to someone who maybe better able to help you. I will always work with your best interests at the heart of what I do.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice
  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
  • Mental Health First Aider

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.


From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • HealthAssured

Additional information

Introductory contact free

First Session: £25, Second Session: £35

Thereafter £50 per session for face-to-face counselling, £45 per session for on-line counselling.

Each session is 50 -55 minutes. Payment is by cash on the day for face-to face or by bank transfer 24-hours in advance of the session.

Full-time students and counselling trainees £30 per session.

Discounts for low -income clients.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I currently offer early evening sessions Monday - Thursday and morning and afternoon sessions on a Friday.

Orchard View, 283 Victoria Avenue
DE72 3RL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme
Alison Watson

Alison Watson