Allyson Donoghue

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Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MA, MBACP). Online or F2F
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

York, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you grappling with physical, mental, or emotional distress every day?

Feeling Overwhelmed by Daily Challenges?

Do past experiences or current circumstances feel like chains holding you back?

Are recurring patterns in your life leaving you feeling stuck and unfulfilled?

Do you yearn to rediscover your authentic self amidst life's complexities?

Discover Your Path with Awaken Discovery

Specialising in self-discovery, awareness, and empowerment, Awaken Discovery is here to guide you on a transformative journey. Reclaim control of your life, unlock your true potential, and rediscover the joy of being YOU.

“Travelling a journey of confusion, pain and suffering, awakens the deepest desire to recognise oneself” Awaken Discovery

Hello, my name is Ally, and my private practice Awaken Discovery welcomes you. I am a fully trained Humanistic Integrative Counsellor who specialises in helping you recognise and connect with your personal needs.

It’s taken me years of self-discovery to recognise listening to “me” has been the best thing I can do. I also appreciate that I never stop learning. For me learning about myself is valuable. 

I never thought counselling could help me, but it did, and it continues to support me. Twenty-two years ago, I trained as a Secondary school teacher. Carrying out a variety of roles and taking every life event in my stride, or so I thought, I recognised something wasn’t right. There was something about my past, present and future which felt overwhelming to me, I was lost in more ways than one. Counselling provided me with a safe space to explore and consider what I was experiencing. It was painful at times and left me with a lot to process. I am always amazed at how it has supported me. 

I would like to do the same for you. Counselling for some can be a daunting experience, not to mention what is already happening in your life. I aim to support you in this process. I can offer you a safe and supportive space whether face-to-face, by telephone or online. I embrace your uniqueness and will respond without judgement. Above all, I can support you on your journey to find you. Sessions are run for individuals or couples (two people in the session who would like to work things out together).

I can offer short and long counselling work. I am flexible in the way we can work. One way of meeting for the session doesn’t have to be the only way. Please call/ email or connect through my webpage to ask any questions.

The areas covered here and on my webpage are not limited. please get in touch to discuss your needs. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been supporting students and staff in Education for over twenty years and currently continue to do so. Events in my life caused me to question what I was doing and lead me on the path to counselling. Now a fully qualified counsellor registered with the BACP (membership number - 392865). I follow their ethical code of practice along with being DBS checked. My experience gives me the ability to connect with people of all ages. 

In addition to my private practice, I have worked as a counsellor at Selby College and York St John Communities Centre. 


  • Master of Arts - Counselling - Qualified Counsellor – BACP registered. - York St John University.
  • Counselling Skills Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 - Focus
  • Post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership. - University of Leicester
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education. -  De Montfort University
  • BSc. (Hons) Environmental Science (monitoring and management) - Nene College, Leicester University.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

A free initial up to 30-minute online meeting can be booked via my website. Please also feel free to contact me by email, phone or text. 

Individual face-to-face – 60 minutes - £60.00

Individual face-to-face – 90 minutes - £90.00

Individual online/telephone – 60 minutes - £60.00

Couples face to face – 60 minutes - £90.00

Couples face to face – 90 minutes – £130.00

Couples online – 60 minutes - £90

Please contact me about availability as it changes.

York, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Google Meet


Allyson Donoghue
Allyson Donoghue