Under current restrictions......   COUNSELLING  IS ALLOWED

I am able to provide emotional support during lockdown using telephone, text or online video sessions


Sometimes we can all feel a bit sad and blue. And that's OK.

Yet when these feelings seep into our heart and interfere with our daily life

it can appear scary and confusing.

 Maybe, it is time to think about taking that first step to find a safe, private place where you can speak openly and honestly discovering your way through the challenges you are facing.

My therapy room can give you that space. 

With me, you will find a qualified therapist who will listen to what you want to say, without judgement but with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

We can work together, as you choose to make changes that will ease your distress and give you back control of your life.

Qualifications and Experience

BACP Registered


Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from University of Strathclyde (2013-2016)

CBCS Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss - validated by COSCA (2014)

Counselling role with Carlisle Carers Association, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and am currently School Counsellor with a nearby secondary.


I'm Alison

Many events have lead me to this point; not least sitting in the client's chair when I needed someone who would listen, not judge me, offer me encouragement as I tried to come to terms with how awful I was feeling and walk beside me as I chose to make my life better.


One decision I made was to train as a counsellor. I felt it was my turn to pass on to you the time and space to heal. I can be with you as you explore how life experiences and relationships with others have influenced how you think and feel about yourself. Then as new understanding comes clear, I will be with you, supporting any adjustments you want to make.

I am registered with BACP and willingly adhere to their Ethics and Code of Practice.

I am also an experienced COSCA Bereavement and Loss specialist and have helped many clients cope following the death of loved ones. Feelings associated with pet bereavement can be as equally distressing.

I have many hours of working with both adults and young people when reactions to changes in life have brought trouble with relationships, anxiety, self-confidence and self-care.

I have recently attended a course in Animal Assisted Therapy and hope to be able to offer this as a choice for you in the very near future.

When I am not with you, I am at my happiest outdoors; whether it is pottering in the garden or following 2 wet Cocker Spaniels on adventures in the countryside or beach. Nature is my happy place.


At the heart of successful counselling is the relationship built between therapist and client.

Maybe I can bring different ways of thinking about your life

to help you through.

You may not think so now, but I firmly believe you know how to make your life better.

We work together, however you make the decisions.




when the death of a loved one can make you


feel broken and alone


when decisions are overwhelming and we can't find the way forward


when life events can leave you feeling anxious


and bubbling over.


I work from a cosy, quiet room with it's private entrance, 88 High Street which is found on the A7 as you approach Langholm High Street from the south. There is ample free parking  and the bus stop (X95) both close by . Langholm is conveniently located within easy reach of Carlisle, Hawick and all areas in North Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.


I hope you feel ready to make that first contact to me.

Get in touch and we can talk to find out how I can provide you with emotional support as you choose to feel better.

Email: alison@blueheartcounselling.co.uk

Mobile: 07703039216

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