My name is Alison. I am a Creative Arts Counsellor and a Mental Health First Aider.
We ALL have mental health. Just as we all have physical health. I believe breaking down the stigma of talking openly about our mental health is key, and I am proud to provide support for others’ well-being.
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 remember going for my first session:
- I felt nervous
- What am I supposed to say?
- 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 and Experience
- I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- I volunteered as a Bereavement Counsellor at CARIS Islington Bereavement Service.
- An accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP (Accred).
- A practitioner member of the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts (APCCA).
- Tutor for the Introduction to Person Centred Creative Arts Course.
- An accredited professional of the Foundation for Infant Loss.
- A Mental Health First Aider.
To keep my skills and knowledge of emerging therapeutic developments up to date I also undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
If you are considering counselling or have any questions, get in touch..