BA(Hons), PGCE, MBACP
07908 399 781
My name is Alison Matthews. I am a person centred counsellor working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement and addiction issues. I am a member of the BACP and Divorce Support Network, I have an advanced Diploma in counselling, as well as BA (Hons) degree. I am based in Ashton in Makerfield, near Wigan, I have my own practice and premises. I have years of experience working with children and young people in schools, the local community and as a youth worker. I presently work for a project supporting families make changes to their lifestyle in conjunction with Social Services. I have worked with GP referrals, social services and in private practice. I have a strong interest in health, especially mental health, I believe that Counselling is a helpful first step towards making changes on the way to a more fulfilling life. I have many years of experience working alongside people with addiction issues and people experiencing loss or family breakdown, including mental health issues. I help people to help themselves by offering space, warmth and honesty which helps to build trust in the client themselves and in their ability to change.
I have recently completed training with The Divorce Support Group, which enables me to run group sessions supporting people who are getting or have been divorced. These are designed to help people come to terms with one of the most stressful life events, bringing peace and acceptance, helping them to move on to a new and happier stage. Clients feel more powerful and in control of their own lives. Groups are run, by arrangement from my premises in Ashton In Makerfield. Contact me on 07908399781 for further details.
I am a registered member of the BACP, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is a national organisation, whose members have to adhere to a strict set of rules and guidelines in order to maintain consistently high standards. This ensures that I work ethically in the best interests of the client.
I am a member of The Divorce Support Group a national resource providing support and guidance. This is the UK's only professionally run support group for Divorce. Through this I work with individuals, couples or in small groups. I have undergone additional specific training for this role.