- Flexible hours available
- Concessionary rates
I am available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am until 6pm, and 2-6pm on Tuesdays.
About me and my therapy practice
Hello, I’m Allison. I’ve been where you are, experiencing difficulty and seeking help. Finding a good therapist changed my life and this – along with my natural empathy, compassion and interest in what it is to be human – is why I trained to be a therapist. I want to help you to get to where you want to be, whether that’s adapting to live with loss, working out who you are and what you want, quieting the negative inner voice that gives you such a hard time, feeling good enough, or perhaps feeling less anxious or less depressed. Maybe you would just like to understand yourself better; I believe everyone can benefit from therapy.
I’m a fully qualified and insured psychotherapeutic counsellor, and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). BACP registration shows that I have been trained to an approved standard and work in an ethical way, following BACP guidelines.
I work one-to-one with adults who have a range of difficulties, though I have a particular interest in working with those dealing with bereavement and complicated grief, helping people to find meaning, purpose and direction in life, and issues around identity. I aim to create a safe and confidential space, free from judgement. I embrace difference and diversity, and welcome clients of all ages (18+), genders, sexualities and backgrounds. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and child-free positive. I do not work with children, adolescents, families or couples.
The key to effective therapy is the relationship you build with your therapist. It is therefore wise to speak to a few different therapists in order to find someone you connect with and feel you will be able to trust. Clients generally find me open and warm; many are surprised by how quickly they have felt able to trust me. I work in a relational way, not wearing a “therapist mask”, but engaging with you as authentically as I can, human-to-human. Together, we will explore the issues that have brought you to counselling and work towards a way forward.
I work in an integrative or pluralistic way. This means that I do not have one set approach to therapy – we are all different, and I believe that “one size fits all” is not a good way to work with people. Instead, I will consider you and your particular circumstances and draw from the theories and approaches that best meet your needs. In addition to several modalities of therapy, I can offer mindfulness and meditation in our sessions, if this is something you are interested in or open to. I also have a passion for working using creative techniques, such as drawing, sand tray, creative writing and guided imagery – though there is no expectation for you to work in this way if you feel it is not right for you. You don’t have to be “good at” art to work creatively, and it can be a great way to develop insights that don’t easily emerge from thinking or talking about things.
I am currently only offering sessions online, via the Zoom video conferencing app. In the near future I will also offer outdoor appointments at a mutually agreed location. When I feel it is safe to do so, I will be able to offer appointments face-to-face in Sunderland city centre (though I anticipate that this will not be until September 2021). Unfortunately accessibility is limited at this location as there is no lift and my room is on the third floor of the building. However I will continue to offer online and outdoor options.
My first session
Sessions normally last one full hour and cost £40. A small number of concessionary places may be available and I am open to arranging sessions of longer or shorter length. Payment is required at least 24 hours in advance of sessions, by bank transfer, in order to secure your appointment. I offer a discount of 10% for block booking four sessions with payment in full at the time of booking. 24 hours’ notice is required for cancellations otherwise the fee will still be payable.
I would prefer initial contact to be by email, to arrange a time that is convenient for both of us for the initial discussion and how you would like this to take place (phone, Zoom, text or email).
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Redundancy, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults
How I deliver therapy