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. I am warm, friendly and compassionate. I want to help you to reach a better place within your life.
I believe you are your own expert and that you know yourself enough to know what is best for you. Sometimes this needs uncovering, and together we can do this. I won’t tell you what to do, but I can offer suggestions or information that may be useful to you. Together we can explore your experience and celebrate the lightbulb moments as they come.
My style of counselling holds you at the centre, so you can bring the content to the session and together we can open it up and explore it as much as you need to. I value getting to know you by hearing your thoughts and experiences, and exploring your emotions at your pace.
I’m curious and ask open questions, allowing you space to share as much detail as you want. I will never judge you or minimise your experience. I offer reflections and notice themes that can lead to valuable insights.
- 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.