Alison Hollingshead PgDip, BSc(Hons), MBACP
Life experience, however difficult, makes us who we are today. Counselling can strengthen self-belief and self-acceptance, so that we can process our past and make way for a better future.Alison
Here is a little about me, as I feel it is important that you find a therapist or supervisor that you can relate to.
From the age of fifteen I knew I wanted to become a counsellor. I had some difficult childhood experiences which led me to have a real desire to help others process and overcome their own difficult life experiences. I have truly benefited from counselling and the process has allowed me to accept who I am. I feel able to navigate and cope with whatever life throws at me. I am not immune, but know what I need to do to look after myself. Only through our vulnerabilities can we experience our humanity.
I enjoy the outdoors, walking, climbing, running, bike riding, camping and pottering in the garden. Being outside is one of my main coping tools. I also love reading, writing, cooking, pottery, art, meeting my close friends and spending time with family.
Honesty, transparency, humour, connection and communication are the virtues which I value in myself and others.
I’m a Person-Centered Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor. This means I nurture a warm, accepting and open space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I am warm, friendly and compassionate and I want to help you to reach a better place within your life.
I specialise in empowering people to improve self-belief, build resilience, and develop fulfilling relationships through therapeutic sessions, courses, and psycho-educational products.
I work therapeutically with children, young people, and adults. I am also founder and host to an online community called The Self-Belief Project.
The Self-Belief Project is a supportive community for parents, carers, teachers, and therapists, providing resources to help improve self-belief, resilience and relationships in children and young people.
With a degree in psychology, a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy, and over 15 years’ experience and training in the mental health field, I pride myself on being an ethical and effective client-centred therapist. I have transformed people’s lives for the better through the use of therapeutic interventions, drawing from my qualifications, training and extensive experience.
Other experience includes setting up and managing a Residential Care Home for young people aged 15-25 and managing an admin team in a psychological wellbeing service within the NHS. I have worked with many charities as a Counsellor including a Rape and Sexual Abuse Service, Younger Mind and I also set up The Inspire Project, a BBC Children in Need funded therapeutic service for girls aged 14-18.
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (BACP approved)- 2020
- Certificate in Supervision – 2018
- Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Counselling and Psychotherapy – University of Salford – 2013
- BSc(Hons) Psychology – Manchester Metropolitan University – 2005
Training and Professional Development
- Tackling Addictions
- Building Resilient Families
- Counselling Gender, Sex and Sexuality
- Counselling with Children and Young People
- Counselling Trauma and Sexual Abuse
- Working with Diversity
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Congruence in Person Centered Counselling
- Stigma and Equality
- Counselling with Suicidal Clients
- Working with Bereavement
- LGBTQ+ Awareness
- First Aid (children and adults)
- Risk Assessments
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice
- Mental Health First Aid
I have have thousands of hours’ worth of experience which include:
- Low Self-Esteem
- Low Confidence
- Abuse and Bullying
- Work Place Issues
- Relationship Problems
- Communication difficulties
- Loss and Bereavement
- Difficulties Conceiving, Miscarriage and Loss
- Parenting issues
I have worked as a counsellor since 2012. I have worked in mental health settings for 20 years with children, young people and adults. I have worked in the following settings:
- Private Practice
- NHS and IAPT settings
- Care Homes
- Children and Young Peoples services
- Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling
Membership and Code of Ethics
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework. I attend regular supervision and have an enhanced DBS. I am fully insured.