'I would highly recommend Alison to anybody who is considering having therapy. She was an incredible support to me through a difficult time'
My name is Alison Morse (formerly Capstick) and I am an experienced Counsellor / Psychotherapist who has been providing both short and long-term face-to-face therapy to adults in North Leeds for over twenty years. I also offer supervision to other qualified Counsellors from Leeds and Yorkshire.
Now based in Chapel Allerton, I am currently offering counselling and supervision by telephone or online, using Zoom or FaceTime.
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Talking to someone who is separate from the rest of your life and who won't judge you can help you to make sense of difficult and sometimes confusing emotions. Seeing a Counsellor can enable you to manage your feelings better so that you can deal with the rest of your life (family, work, uncertainty about the future) more effectively, and make changes in your life, if that's what you want to do
My experience as a Counsellor is broad ranging. As well as seeing clients privately I have worked for the mental health charity MIND and with people who have been referred by their GPs. I have also taken counselling referrals from the charity Bliss, which supports the families of premature or sick babies and I have worked in a University Counselling Service. Previously I worked as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University training other Counsellors.
Previous clients have reported that they found the experience of counselling with me helpful. (See below for testimonies).
What you choose to talk about will be heard in confidence. I work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. (To see this in full please click here). I am bound to work within the law.
I have a DBS Certificate - Number 001116223202. Data Protection Registration Certificate ZB525649.
This depends on what you are are bringing. Short term counselling typically takes 6-12 sessions; working at greater depth will take longer. Personal factors such as how much time and money you have to commit to the process will also be taken into account.
You can send me an email or ring and leave a message on my mobile. (See 'Get in Touch' below). I will get back to you as soon as I can. We will arrange to have an initial meeting where we can talk about what you want from counselling. This will give you a sense of how I work, and together we can then decide whether or not I'm the right therapist for you.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported with the help of a Counsellor:
Grief, loss or bereavement
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family
I also provide counselling supervision to other qualified Counsellors in the Leeds / Yorkshire area. Having worked in a variety of settings myself and with experience of both time limited and open ended work, I hope to bring an understanding of the particular challenges that a supervisee may be facing.
My aim is to create an environment which is both collaborative and supportive, in which you can openly share the challenges of your work as well as the successes. I bring many years of experience as a therapist together with ten years working as a counselling trainer at Leeds Beckett University. I hope to support you in being a competent, ethical, enquiring and reflective practitioner so that you can work as effectively as possible with each of your clients.
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2002, and was accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2007. More recently I achieved Senior Accredited status, which means that my practice has been deemed to meet the BACP's higher standard for competent, ethical and independent practice. Of the 72,000 plus Counsellors who are currently members of BACP, only around a quarter are Senior Accredited. So with me you can know that you are in safe and experienced hands. You can check my listing on the BACP Register by clicking here and typing in my name or register number - 12438.
(I also have an MA in Cultural Studies, which relates to my previous career in television production and as a Lecturer in Media Studies).
My premises are in Chapel Allerton. Close to Chapel Allerton Park, I am within easy reach of Roundhay, Oakwood, Moortown, Meanwood, Headingley, Chapeltown and Leeds City Centre. (You can get the 2, 36, 3A and 91 buses from Leeds City Centre to Chapel Allerton.) On street parking is available nearby.
I'm afraid that I do not have disabled access.
Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis. I see clients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 24 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer.
"Counselling with Alison helped me to thinks more flexibly and understand connections between the past and present. Alison's approach is compassionate and non-judgemental and I cannot recommend her highly enough."
“Counselling with Alison has genuinely transformed my life for the better. I always felt relaxed, safe and held in the sessions and never patronised, judged or condescended to, which were some of my fears going in.”
"I was able to share and explore my most difficult thoughts, feelings and memories with Alison. I 've developed strategies, self-knowledge and resilience with her help that I know will support me with relationships, work, coping with anxiety and conflict, and even just day-to-day life on an ongoing basis."
“Alison helped me to understand feelings I had repressed from my childhood. Although at times this was painful and challenging, with her professionalism, warmth and sensitivity she steered me through a difficult period in my life.”
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