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Hi, my name is Alison sometimes I am called Ali or even Al.


I started my career off in social housing working in a London borough many years ago. I had a career break for a few years and then went back to working in housing for a large housing association which led to various roles within the organisation.


Using the transferable skills that I had learnt from my time of working within this sector, along with life and family situations changing.  Led onto working with many varied types of jobs, until I became involved within the health sector working for the GP out of hours.  


On the death of my parents, I realised that I wanted to know myself better and embarked on a learning journey which started with the question "why am I different from my siblings?"


I wanted to know who I was and why I reacted to things differently to others or what might have seemed differently.  Although, I hasten to add this may not have been fully answered.  I have become aware of my own emotions which helped me to become a more compassionate person to myself and I hope to others.


"The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others" (Erik Erikson).


As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I endeavour to create a trusting stable relationship which offers clients a secure and safe space to explore their world in a non-judgmental way.


The word Achla is a family name, it is also a Hindu girls name meaning earth, constant and stable.  I decided to name the counselling practice Achla Counselling as I believe that the Earth is representative of all humankind. The therapeutic relationship can offer a stable and constant environment that can help provide the therapeutic change that is being sought.


I have experience working within a youth organisation with mainly young people aged 11-25. I also have worked as a school counsellor at a couple of secondary schools within Bracknell Forest.  Parents, teachers and support staff were also able to access the services available, which means I have experience of working with diverse and different age groups.  


Working with young people means that I have a full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


If you feel that you may benefit from receiving counselling from me please use the contact form to get in touch or alternatively text or ring the mobile number

which is available at the top of this page.




"The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it." 

Epicurus 341BC

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