My professional life started in the corporate world of accountancy and finance, management consultancy and public relations. I believe this experience gives me an insight and understanding into the business and work lives of my patients.
I qualified in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1999 from the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), and in 2000 with an MA from De Montfort University.
I went on to qualify and work with Relate as a Couples Counsellor, seeing both individuals and couples.
I volunteered as a School Counsellor in a South East London primary school for a year, on behalf of Place2Be. I worked with primary age children on a one-to-one basis.
I have been a volunteer at Centre 70 Counselling Centre, where we specialised in providing culturally-sensitive, short and long-term individual counselling sessions. I also worked in the St James’s Church, Piccadilly ‘Drop-In Centre’, and offered individual sessions for crisis listening, emotional support and counselling.
I have Accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and am a Registered Associate of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am also a qualified Funeral Celebrant (www.alisontaylorreed.com)