Clients describe me as a warm and dynamic counsellor who is helpful both for people new to counselling and those who have had counselling in the past. My nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate and my counselling practice reflects my core values of respect, integrity and kindness. I believe that counselling is not only a place to explore your personal struggles, but also a place to feel supported as you celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success.

Alison Marley, Lead Counsellor

I first developed an interest in counselling and psychotherapy in my late teens but, like many people who come to this profession, I had a varied career path before starting my counselling training in my late 30s. I lived in Scotland and London before returning to the North East and, now in my 40s, I bring knowledge and experience from rich life experiences and past careers in the media, charity sector and in the NHS. I draw from these as a counsellor but I use my professional training and experience to ensure that your therapy is focussed entirely on you.

As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist I combine tools from a number of therapies including Transactional Analysis, CBT, Gestalt, person centred counselling, creative therapies, neuroscience and psychotherapy in order to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues you are facing so that you can find your way forward.

I’ve worked with a wide range of people: both men, women and people who identify in other ways, ranging in age from 18 to 70, each with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

I am a fully qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist (read more about the difference between counselling and psychotherapy here).

Clinical experience:
  • NHS Primary Care
  • Rape Crisis (working with survivors of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse)
  • Newcastle University Student Wellbeing Service
  • Private practice in Newcastle
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Distinction, Northern Guild of Psychotherapy (equivalent to Level 6)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy with Distinction, Newman University (equivalent to Level 7)
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy with Distinction, Northern Guild of Psychotherapy (equivalent to Level 7)
Professional registrations:

If you have any questions or if you’d like to talk to me before deciding to make an initial appointment, I offer a free phone conversation of up to 15 minutes or I’ll be happy to answer your questions via email if you prefer.

I look forward to working with you.