My name is Alison. I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), which means I demonstrate my commitment to safe, ethical and competent practice.

MY COUNSELLING STORY

My Dad unexpectedly passed away when I had just turned 21. For the next 15 years my way of coping with this huge loss was to put on a very good mask to the outside world on how I was really feeling inside.

My GP referred me for bereavement counselling. I had no idea what to expect. I remember going for my first session at the agency:

  • I felt nervous
  • What am I supposed to say?
  • What actually happens in therapy?
  • Will it actually help me with the way I am feeling?

I realised quite quickly that this was the first time I had ever felt really listened to, I wasn’t being judged, and the therapist was empathic towards my feelings.

Following my own experience of counselling, I fully appreciate how someone may be feeling when coming to see a counsellor. I understand it is not always easy to talk about problems and to express how you are feeling.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • I volunteered for three years as a Bereavement Counsellor at CARIS Islington Bereavement Service.
  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
  • I also undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to keep my skills and knowledge of emerging therapeutic developments up to date.