Our counsellors are fully-qualified and accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). UKCP accreditation is the mark of quality for high standards of training, professional and ethical practice from one of the largest national organisations for psychotherapy.
As integrative counsellors and psychotherapists we 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.
When you make an enquiry we will consider which therapist might best suit the issues you wish to address based on their skills and experience. If you have a preference for a particular therapist, we will try to accommodate your wishes. Please let us know your availability so we can also consider which therapist might be able to fit around your schedule.
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.
I have extensive experience as a counsellor in a busy NHS GP surgery, at a private clinic and at Rape Crisis, where I developed a particular interest in working with survivors of sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse and rape. 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 80, each with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Clients describe me as a warm and dynamic counsellor who is helpful both for people seeking counselling for the first time 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.
If you have any questions or concerns or if you’d like to talk to me before deciding to make an initial appointment, I offer a free phone consultation of up to 30 minutes or I’ll be happy to answer your questions via email if you prefer.
Marie Clark, Counsellor and Psychotherapist
I am a qualified psychotherapist, with experience of working with children, young people and adults. I’m an integrative therapist, using psychodynamic theories and a range of creative methods including sand tray.
As we grow and develop in life we each face a range of struggles and dilemmas that may become overwhelming and result in difficulty, pain or becoming stuck in repeated patterns or situations. Through counselling or psychotherapy I will provide a safe and confidential space for you to consider these struggles so that together we can enable you to work through them. I will work at your pace and, when you are ready, support you to consider your difficulties and how you might be able to experience your world in a different and more peaceful way.
I offer appointments with children, young people and adults, during early morning and evening sessions.
Take your first step towards change…
Email us using the form below or by calling or texting Alison on 07719 473 175. If she’s unavailable when you call please do leave a message or send a text so she knows you’d like her to contact you and that it’s safe to call or text you.
We respond to all enquiries usually within 1 working day, so if you send us an online enquiry please check your email inbox and your junk mail folder for our reply as sometimes our messages end up there. If you don’t hear back from us it means our reply hasn’t reached you so please do call or text to let us know.