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    Counselling & Psychotherapy in Glasgow

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Counselling

What is Counselling?

There are times in life when things can get too much.  Stress at work, relationship break up, grief, loss and trauma are things that we can all experience at times.  This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and isolated. 

Counselling is a “talking therapy” that can be a real support and benefit at these times.  As an experienced counsellor, I aim to provide you with a safe space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings about the issues you are trying to deal with. 

I provide a confidential and non-judgemental environment to help you gain more understanding of the difficulties and stresses you may be facing and to help you to develop strategies for dealing with these issues. 

However, it’s not a counsellor's job to tell you what to do.  Rather, we will work together to help you bring change and achieve a positive outcome. 

What happens in a session with a counsellor?

The first session is an assessment session where we can discuss what has brought you to counselling.  This will help me to assess the most appropriate approach to use in later sessions. 

We will agree a contract to establish the boundaries of our working relationship and to ensure that you are clear about what you can expect from counselling. 

Beyond that, I will be led by you to determine the pace of each session and to consider the issues you want to deal with first. 


Your current situation

is not

your final destination.





About Me

Alison Gallacher

I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a fully accredited member of COSCA.  I work within their ethical framework and adhere to their complaints procedure

I am based in the south side of Glasgow and work with individuals, couples and families. 

It takes a lot of courage to take the first step to begin counselling.  I would aim to support you through the counselling process at a pace that would help you. 

As a counsellor, I like to work with an integrative approach.  This may include a Person-Centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Psychodynamic approach in the counselling session.  I find this helps me respond to the needs of my client.  I strive to offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for my clients. 

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Alison Gallacher

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

I have a:

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling.
  • Master‘s Degree in Psychology and Education (University of Glasgow)

I undertake regular, continuous professional learning to keep my skills up to date.  Recently, these have included:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Counselling Couples and Families: A Person-Centred Approach.
  • Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
  • Assessment of Suicide and its prevention.

I am registered under the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups). 

I am registered with the General Teaching Council (GTC). 

Experience

I have a wide range of experience working with individuals and couples in a variety of settings.  Currently most of my work is within my own private practice in Glasgow but I have also worked within various counselling agencies and currently volunteer as a counsellor within the Scottish Prison Service.  I have experience of working with EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) clients. 

I also teach part-time on the HNC Counselling course in a further education college in Glasgow. 

Fees

Individual

£40 per individual
hourly session. 

Couples

Couple Counselling is
£50 per hour
or
£65 per hour and a half. 

Families

Family Counselling is
£65 per hour and a half. 


Student and low income discounts may be available on request. 

Contact me

Please get in touch by completing the form if you would like more details or to arrange an appointment at my premises in the south side of Glasgow or at my base in Glasgow city centre. 

Or, you can phone me on 07724 289793. 

I aim to reply within one working day. 

Please note that I will never share your contact details with anyone else.  I will only use these details to reply to your enquiry.  I will not keep your contact details if you do not proceed with counselling.