Alison Cumming

I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and, since 1998, I have been working with clients in a variety of settings. These include working as a counsellor in General Practice, an NHS psychotherapy department, as a student counsellor at a university and in various local counselling agencies. I have also been working in private practice since 2002.
In addition, I have been a counselling supervisor since 2003 and was a tutor on the person centred training course at University of Strathclyde from 2006-2013.My background was in medicine as a GP for over 12 years, but I always had a strong interest in the emotional aspect of patients’ health. This led me to study in 1998 for a Diploma in Counselling at the University of Strathclyde. I then decided to leave medicine to follow counselling as a career.
I gained BACP accreditation in 2002, and then senior accreditation in 2011. In 2008 I decided to undertake further specialist postgraduate training in Integrative Psychotherapy. I gained a Masters degree in Integrative Pychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute / Middlesex University in London in 2011.

I work alongside clients to help them explore and express their emotional difficulties, to consider what they might want to change in their lives and how they will do that. Together we look at how old patterns of behaving or relating might be impacting on the here-and-now, and what might need revisited or updated. I offer clients an empathic supportive relationship with gentle, thoughtful challenge.

I now practice as an independent integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that in my work with clients I attend to and focus on the here-and now issues that clients bring but I also pay attention to the clients’ past. Our early relationships and experiences influence and shape our ways of being in the world, and act as templates for our relationships with ourselves and others. We often need to understand and acknowledge our past to make sense of our present circumstances. This then allows us to make the changes to improve our wellbeing in the future.
The therapeutic relationship as very important and is a particular kind of relationship which can give us valuable information to reflect on. You can expect to experience it as supportive but with gentle challenge. You can expect to be treated with respect and integrity, and you will also be expected to treat others in the same way.

I have experience of working with clients with a range of concerns and difficulties including:

  • Attachment issues
  • Abuse: emotional, physical and sexual
  • Depression and low mood
  • Anxiety, panic attacks and stress related issues
  • Bereavement
  • Loss and change ie retirement, divorce and “empty nest’ syndrome
  • Relationship issues
  • Living with chronic illness and disability
  • Low self-esteem and self-worth
  • Issues around sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Pre- and post-natal depression
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Work related issues
  • Issues of identity

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Metanoia Institute London.

Currently my fees are £50 per session.

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