I’m Alison, a BACP registered counsellor and therapist
I have always been fascinated by human behaviour and curious about what motivates us. After 15 years of creating characters and telling stories within my role as a script editor and writer for TV drama, circumstances led me to seek therapy to manage symptoms of burn out. Having the support of a therapist and somewhere confidential to explore what was going on for me was transformative. Soon after, I decided to leave the hectic world of television and re-train to become a therapist. I wanted to live more authentically and connect with who I really was, and I became passionate about supporting others who are ready to embrace a new perspective.
Now I run a private practice in East London, as well as working at a counselling centre in North London and as a psychotherapist for the LGBT Asylum programme at Mind, Islington. As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am bound by their ethical framework, including attending regular supervision and ongoing professional and personal development.
My role, as a therapist, is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space, to help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in ways that promote new insight and self-awareness; and to support you as you work towards greater self-understanding.
Talking about how you feel – and being really heard – is at the heart of therapy and may be enough in itself. In fact, research shows that it is the relationship between the client and the therapist that can have the most impact on change. Beyond this, it can be helpful to consider unhelpful life patterns and gain new insight into habitual ways of thinking and behaving. Therapy can help you to take stock and re-evaluate how you live your life, and how you engage in the world and with the people around you. Working together, we can explore the things that matter to you, where you are now, where you would like to be, and how you can work towards getting there.
My background and training is in psychodynamic therapy. Loosely speaking, psychodynamic therapy focuses on how the past impacts the present and how unconscious memories and influences affect conscious thought and feelings. However, my work is driven by my clients’ needs and every client is different. I am committed to meeting you where you are now and to working in a way that feels right for you.