Alison Moore retired at the end of 2013 as Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling for the Diocese of Durham, Church of England. She now does some freelance work in counselling, training and spiritual accompaniment. She is pursuing interests in music, textiles and writing, and enjoying more time with friends and family, including four grandsons. Alison was brought up in London, studied English Literature, and taught in a secondary school before moving into a career in counselling and training. She has contributed to other Kevin Mayhew publications, and believes strongly in sharing ideas in a way that is readable and accessible.