Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Alison and I am a fully qualified, insured and registered Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor and Holistic Therapist working from a tranquil therapy room in Little Mill, Monmouthshire.
I started my training to become a Holistic Therapist over 13 years ago, when my mother was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer. My mother was receiving holistic therapies in the form of reflexology and reiki. She loved receiving these treatments and they gave her comfort on many levels at a time which would have been very scary and challenging for her. I realised the ability to work with people holistically was very special and something I wanted to do.
An essential part of being a holistic therapist is the ability to demonstrate empathy and be a good listener. I found that during the consultation process some clients would become emotional. I instinctively started to probe further to find out if their physical symptoms were more linked with emotional or environmental pressures. Invariably underlying issues presented themselves within the body. I knew I could help people with my treatments, but the reality was they needed counselling as well. I started my journey to find the right form of counselling which would work hand in glove with my holistic therapies. That is when I found the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counsellors based in Cheltenham.
I have since qualified in a number of therapies and I am a certified and practicing member of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling. I am currently the only qualified Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor in Wales.
Committed to continued professional development, I use an integrative approach and draw on my own life experiences to help clients. Over the last few years I have helped men, women and adolescents who have been experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas of their lives. I have provided counselling for the Torfaen Borough Council, Communities First project, and Independent Vet Care.
I have extensive experience of working in both corporate environments and the Public Sector. The main basis of my career to date has been training and training management. Prior to becoming self-employed I was a Digital Forensic Investigator. Throughout my career, I have worked in stressful and traumatic environments and have experienced first-hand how this impacts emotionally as well as mentally and physically.
Qualifications & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
- BA (Hons) in Education and Training
- Certificate in Education Post 16.
- Accredited member of The National Counselling Society (MNCS).
- Practising member of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling (MFETC), which is accredited by The National Counselling Society
- Member of the Independent Professional Therapists International (IPTI)
- Hold a current certificate for First Aid at Work
- CRB cleared
- VTCT Diploma in Swedish Massage and Reflexology
- Certification in Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles, and On Site Seated Massage
- Reiki Master and Teacher
- Certificate in Facial Treatments and Skin Care