Ally Robertson BA (hons) works with adults and young people.
I understand that it can be a very big step to make the decision to come for counselling. I try to provide a comfortable warm caring environment in which you feel safe and free of judgement to explore any issues that may be troubling you. I provide counselling from my home in Wigan. I can offer flexible appointments, including evenings and some weekends by prior arrangement. Finding a counsellor that suits your needs is important but not always easy.
How can counselling help?
Counselling can provide a safe environment to explore issues that may be affecting your life. This could be anxiety, depression the recent breakup of a relationship or bereavement. I work with individuals with many different life issues. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They will not usually give advice, but will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems. This empowers people to make more positive changes and enjoy life again.
Counselling can help you to:
- cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
- cope with redundancy or work-related stress
- explore issues such as sexual identity
- deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your ambitions
- deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
- understand yourself and your problems better
- feel more confident
- develop a better understanding of other people's points of view
Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start to feel better.
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am have a BA (hons) degree in Person Centred Therapy. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a background in social care supporting vulnerable adults and young people. I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of contexts in schools, the hostels for the homeless and Cruse bereavement. Before developing my own private practice. Through my work with the hostels I have developed a special interest in addiction. I specialise with Sexual addiction. However I work with most issues for example anxiety , panic attacks, depression, relationship issues.
- University of Cumbria - BA (Hons) Degree in Person Centred Therapy
- Diploma In Sexual Addiction level 5 12/12/16
- Cruse Bereavement Volunteer Accredited Training
- Drug Awareness Course
- Cumbria Alcohol & Advisory Service - Alcohol Awareness Course
- Cumbria Alcohol & Advisory Service - Safeguarding Children
- Carlisle College - Level 1 Counselling Certificate
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with addiction and specialise in the area of sexual addiction.
My fees are £35 per hour session
I work within the guidelines of the BACP and I offer long term and short term work. I have a degree in Person centred therapy and I continually update my practice with regular training to improve my knowledge. Therapy may be long or short term depending on the person their individual issues. Finding a counsellor or psychotherapist who suits you is important but not always easy. To aid with this, I provide a short initial consultation free of charge. There is no obligation to continue with therapy after this.
In addition, I work part-time as a student counsellor. I work with children from six up until 18. The CORE-OM system is used to assess outcomes and my work has a high success rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
evening and weekend appointments
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|