Alison Bannister

Alison Bannister

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Dromore

Dromore BT25
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


My current operating hours are Monday afternoon and evening, and all day on Wednesday.

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, we will work together to find something that suits.

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified counsellor trained in an integrative approach. I understand how much courage it takes to reach out and ask for help.

You have made the first step on your journey towards change by looking for a therapist - I am here to support and empower you in seeking a happier and more fulfilling life.

Put simply, if it's a big deal to you, it's a big deal to me as well. We work through problems together; I will support you during every step of this journey.

I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, domestic violence, coercive control, grief, bereavement, social anxiety, work-related stress and difficulties arising from childhood.

I have a keen interest in trauma and have first hand experience of the unique difficulties that can arise from working in first response services, such as police, fire and prison services.

Practice description

My therapy style is warm, genuine and empathetic. I strongly believe in treating everyone with compassion, respect and sensitivity. We will work together to ensure you are getting the most from our time together, making sure treatment is tailored to your specific needs. I believe in order to get the most from therapy, you need to be able to feel relaxed and at ease when we are working together. Regardless of your reasons for coming to therapy, I will not judge you and pride myself on treating everyone as equals. Sessions are led by you at your own pace.

I am trained in several counselling styles; cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and humanistic counselling. Practising as an integrative counsellor means I am able to draw on theories and concepts from these different styles to find the right individual treatment plan for you. I understand that one approach may work for one person and not others, meaning I ensure all therapeutic interventions are specially tailored to you and your needs. No one knows you better than yourself, so if something isn't working or doesn't feel right we will work together to find what does work for you.

I enjoy being able to connect with my clients, using humour in sessions when appropriate. I offer a relaxed, safe and non-judgemental space for you to work through any difficulties you are facing at present. 

There is no 'power imbalance' here - I know how it can feel coming to therapy, especially for the first time. I have been in your shoes, which encouraged and inspired me to train to help others.

My first session

I offer a free initial consultation so we can get to know each other, and find out if we are the right fit to work together. I believe for therapy to be effective we have to be able to open and honest with each other. Most importantly, you need to feel safe, supported and able to be vulnerable in sessions without fear of judgement.

Following initial consultation, we schedule in a first session discuss in-depth what you feel you need help with. During this first session I may ask you to complete some short assessments, but will guide you through these.

Sessions usually take place once a week, however we can discuss this should you feel you need alternative arrangements. I offer online, phone and face to face appointments.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Mood disorder, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Animal assisted therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy

Languages spoken