Hello & welcome
I am Alison, a qualified Integrative Counsellor, who is passionate about holistic wellbeing. If you are feeling that parts of your life are unfulfilled or that your emotions and feelings are a roadblock to you becoming who you want to be, I can help to support you through your journey.
If you are thinking about seeking help from counselling, I can offer you a friendly, calm, non-judgmental space. Making the decision to enter into counselling is not an easy one, but I will be there to support you on your journey in a way that enables you to feel safe, knowing you won’t be on that journey alone. I will be right there with you, to walk alongside you, and guide you to where you want to be.
Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals.
Holistic wellbeing is hugely important to me, both personally and professionally. I believe there is a strong link between our physical and mental health. How our bodies feel, can affect how we feel emotionally, and how we feel can affect our physical health.
After qualifying as a counsellor I worked in different agencies, providing support to people with, depression, anxiety, self harm, suicidal feelings and addiction to alcohol and drugs. I continued with this for several years, as well as focusing on a career providing health and wellbeing opportunities to the local community. Through this work, I have seen first hand the positive impact that physical activity can have on us, and that by doing just one thing a week, such as a long walk, there can be a benefit to how we feel emotionally.
Following a successful career in health and wellbeing, I returned to counselling full time and set up my own private practice, ATB Counselling based in Bury St Edmunds, but with the ability to support people througout the UK online.
I have personally experienced how tough life can be at times, having suffered family loss, and am aware of the effect this can have on both us as individuals and the family as a whole.
I see the therapeutic relationship, the connection between counsellor and client, as central to laying the best roots to provide a safe, non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions. By engaging in this relationship, we can explore together, at your pace, what will help you. This will in turn allow you to grow and flourish into the person you want to be. My ambition is to empower you to find your own solutions to what’s going on for you, now and in the future.
I believe that true wellbeing runs far deeper than finding contentment from moment to moment. We need to see ourselves as a whole person, and more than the sum of our parts ,in order to fulfil our overall happiness and I find great fulfilment in helping people to become the person they want to be.
Positive mental health is as crucial as nutrition, sleep, relationships, physical activity, family environment and interests. Once you establish the right balance of how you emotionally connect in these parts of your life, you can lead an independent and fulfilled life.
Through counselling, we can explore together what’s going on in your life, how this is affecting you emotionally, how you would like things to be different, and how we can work together to make the changes you are wanting in your life.
I have experience with and can help with
Loss/bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Anxiety, Depression, Irrational thinking, Self harm, Women’s issues, Suicidal feelings, Burnout, Work related issues, Relationship issues, Drug & alcohol addiction, Emotional difficulties, OCD, Health anxiety, Financial debt, Older people’s health, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Self esteem, Social anxiety.
Qualifications and Continued Professional Development (CPD)
I hold an Advanced Theaputic Dimploma in Integrative Counselling and I am registered as Member of British Association of Counsellors and Pychotherapists, MBCAP and I am committed to a programme of ongoing CPD to support the work I do.
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling