The role of an Alternatives advisor

Bethan Lester


Alternatives advisors are volunteers who give up their time to be on call to advise and support local women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or coming to terms with a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.  Advisors are not usually qualified counsellors, although Alternatives are members of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their guidelines. I spoke to Bethan Lester, a former advisor for Alternatives and a qualified therapist of 18 years standing herself, who now provides professional supervision for the advisors, to learn more about how advisors are recruited and how they are supported.


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