Alison Syner

Registered Member MBACP (Senior Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
01625 612720

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01625 612720
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About me and my therapy practice

I am an experienced counsellor, currently working in Occupational Health and in private practice. My original training was in Person Centred practice, but I may now use a more cognitive behavioural approach, depending on the issues clients bring to therapy. I qualified in 1990 when I received my Diploma, and completed my Masters degree in 1994. I have since worked in Primary Care for 22 years and currently work in a hospital Occupational Health Department (where I have worked for 12 years) and in private practice. Typically, clients may want to talk through difficulties they are experiencing - wanting to gain understanding of how and why these issues are impacting on them and wanting to acquire some coping strategies to help them live more healthily. However, if clients are just feeling that things are just "not right", that they are "not themselves" , I would help them to explore their "not right-ness" in a person centred, non-directive way.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Relationships, Stress, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Integrative, Person centred

Clients I work with


How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work

Supervisor - Macclesfield

Macclesfield SK11
Sessions from £40.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

My original training was in Person-Centred therapy, but in my practice I now use an Integrative approach, particularly incorporating some CBT interventions. As a counselling trainer I wrote and delivered supervision training and supervision was included as an important and substantial element of my Masters course. The main focus of the supervision I offer depends on the length of time the supervisee has been practising and on her or his experience - this would be negotiated at the start of the relationship. An experienced practitioner may well want to use supervsion very differently from a student or newly qualified counsellor. Typically, as part of supervision we may look at parallel process, at the relationship between the supervisee and clients and we will recognise and explore ethical dilemmas, making reference to the current BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. If it is appropriate to do so, we may collaboratively help the supervisee to extend his/her range of responses and, if it is useful to do so, help the supervisee to make theoretical links in his/her practice. I see it as part of my role to monitor the supervisee’s fitness to practise, help him/her manage his/her caseload, to be aware of his/her personal limits and resources and his/her need, if appropriate, to rest or, in extreme circumstances, withdraw from counselling. We may also look at possible personal and professional development issues - at CPD and training needs/opportunities.

Types of therapy

CBT, Integrative, Person centred