Alison Williamson

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COSCA reg Counsellor, Relationships Scotland Counsellor
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Causewayhead Stirling FK9 & Stirling FK8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 complement 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. This includes coaching children in mainstream school who have challenges settlnig in a classroom curriculum through the charity Transforming Lives for Good. It is important to follow the young person's understanding and knowledge and adapt counselling creatively to meet their needs. 

I am currently involved in developing a counselling centre, its policies  and procedures, and supervising counselling placements.

I have experience in areas of:

  • depression
  • 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

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

ACT Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2020

Other Qualifications
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 and currently lead a bereavement course, Life after Loss.

At present I am a volunteer in a craft group with individuals who have learning difficulties, behaviour and anger management and relationship/family issues 

I also work as a volunteer with Relationships Scotland helping couples in relationship counselling.

Member organisations

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Accredited Register Scheme

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Loss and bereavement of infants


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Donation based counselling service available at the Family Life Centre

£35-55 per individual counselling hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Week days and some evenings.  This can vary according to other commitments

I counsel at the Life centre on Monday mornings

Further information

Appointments are available weekdays and some evenings.

Causewayhead Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK9

Family Life Centre, 67 Murray Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 1AU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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There is wheelchair access to ground floor and toilet facilities

Additional languages



In person

Included are counselling centre group supervision, private practice (CYP/ adults) and school counselling supervision, bereavement charity supervision

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