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Therapist Profiles – Let’s Meet Alison Marsh

As part of our new series on the NHS Talking Therapies, Kent and Medway website and social platforms, we will be introducing you to some of the therapists that work with our partners.

The therapists will be asked a few questions about themselves, their role, and what they would say to someone thinking of starting a talking therapy, so let’s kick off the first one and meet Alison Marsh from University Medical Centre Talking Therapies (UMCTT)!

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Alison Marsh, I have worked in many areas of general counselling, private practice, and teaching counselling students. My experience within the NHS cardiac, lymphoedema and charity Breast Cancer Now helped me understand the impact physical conditions have on mental health and recovery.

What is your current role and how long have you been in this role?

My current role is High Intensity Counselling for Depression practitioner, I’ve been qualified since November 2021, and joined University Medical Centre Psychological Therapies in April 2023.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

I find my role both rewarding and a privilege to be a part of the client’s journey. Clients are often in a very vulnerable position when they come into the services, and to be welcomed into their world to offer support and listen to their story is often humbling.

Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD) targets the emotional problems a client may face which may result in depression, alongside internal dialogues which may maintain the depressed mood. It’s a wonderful way for the client to be listened to, sometimes for the first time, and they can find the courage and space to be honest with themselves, bringing emotions to the surface to be explored, making sense of and reflecting on new meanings, and thereby finding a way to move forward.

PCE-CfD allows the client to explore their emotions and what lies underneath them to better understand the root of problems or issues, sometimes in creative ways such as art or games.

The relationship between client and counsellor enables the client’s own narrative to be told. Within the sessions, a confidential, honest, empathetic and non-judgemental relationship emerges – this results in a better understanding of the client’s problems and awareness of themselves and others.

This therapy emphasises that the client is the “expert of themselves” (even if they don’t think that the beginning of the sessions!). It’s wonderful to be a part of the transformations that take place when the client begins to understand themselves and begins to feel or behave in more empowering ways.

I have found the transition into UMCTT very supportive and I am enjoying being part of a professional, knowledgeable and compassionate team both for clients and colleagues alike.

What would you say to someone thinking of starting Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression?

PCE-CfD therapy sessions are all tailored to the individual. You will shape the sessions, and with support and guidance, you will become more aware of behaviour patterns, empowering you to work through your problem.

Initial contact can sometimes be the hardest part of starting counselling, but it is the start of managing demanding situations or making positive changes to your life.

You have the reassurance that everything within the session is strictly confidential – you can be safe in the knowledge that you can be open and honest. Counselling is a safe and non judgemental space for you to talk openly, allowing you to feel supported while we explore the problems you’re facing.

Regardless of your situation, we can work with you to discover a way forward, by establishing a relationship of trust and respect.

We are a professional, knowledgeable and friendly team who are all approachable and supportive.


Big thanks to Alison for chatting to us! Look out for the next therapist profile coming soon.

Zoom call therapy session

Published date:

6th September 2023

In partnership with:

University Medical Centre Talking Therapies

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