Alison Williamson COSCA reg Counsellor, Relationships Scotland Counsellor
As a counsellor, I aim to provide safe and comfortable surroundings for anyone who would like time and space to explore any issues or concerns. I hope that through an environment of confidentiality and care we can journey together through different aspects of life. The most important part of this therapeutic journey is to establish a relationship of mutual trust and respect. This enables a healing process to begin.
The initial assessment allows the client to discuss pressing issues and understand how the counselling process can work. I explain what a person can expect and the difference a non judgemental and accepting atmosphere can make. This helps overcome any anxiety about talking to a stranger and to see if you wish to continue.
Each person works in a different way and I have an adaptable approach, including person centred (focus on emotions surrounding issues), psychodynamic approach (how the past affects the present) or solution focused (action based therapy). Usually a combination of these approaches, an integrative approach can be most helpful. Sometimes it is helpful to use different media to enrich the counselling journey. My strength lies in following the client's needs and how they like to work. A focus on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) works most effectively within a therapeutic relationship.
When working with couples, the counselling process enables couples to resolve their own issues, to listen effectively to each other and to compliment each other through understanding their partner's style of processing emotions. Emotional Focus Therapy works effectively in over 85% of couples and keeps each partner 'safe' in the present whilst dealing with potentially difficult issues. Couples can meet together or separately when facing separation and divorce.
An area of specialisation is working with people who have experienced trauma or loss in a professional or personal capacity and multiple stress factors which can follow. Together we can explore the recurring themes and how we can break the cycle. Anxiety and depression often occur following bereavement and loss and the therapeutic journey can ease the journey through the trials of life
An increasing area of work has been with teenagers and primary school children. Having completed further training to compliment existing work with these age groups, I enjoy working with children of all ages through the therapeutic use of play, story telling, games and art. It is important to follow the young person's understanding and knowledge and adapt counselling creatively to meet their needs. I have been able to use this knowledge in mentoring young people in school through the charity Transforming Lives for Good and in families needing assessment
I have experience in areas of:
- anxiety/panic attacks
- childhood/adult trauma
- low self-esteem
- bereavement and loss
- relationship issues
- adult learning disability.
- couple counselling/separation/divorce
- attachment issues in children/young people and adults
I currently work in education, particularly with children who find it difficult to learn through mainstream school. My major strength is understanding the learning process of a client and adapting activities to their learning style.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (Edinburgh,Vital Connections)
Bereavement and Loss, FSID (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths)
Therapeutic use of Art and Sand Tray
Colourful Semantics (use of colour with learning difficulties)
Trauma Protection and Recovery Training
Couple Counselling, Relationships Scotland 2015-17
Children and Young People, Open College Network
Conflict Resolution, Cyrenians, Edinburgh 2018
BA Honours (French and Economics, University of London)
Post Grad (Primary) Teacher (Strathclyde University)
GTCS (General Teaching Counsel of Scotland)
PVG (Young People and Adults)
I have extensive experience in the trauma of bereavement and loss, for both children and adults. I have worked with groups of parents suffering the loss of offspring.
At present I am a volunteer in a secondary school working with young people who face issues of learning difficulties, behaviour and anger management and relationship/family issues.
I also work as a volunteer with Relationships Scotland helping couples in relationship counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss and bereavement of infants
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
Initial assessment half hour free
£35-45 per individual counselling hour.
Appointments are available weekdays and some evenings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is wheelchair access to ground floor and toilet facilities
Week days and some evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|