Clare Allen DPS Counselling, MBACP (Reg)
How I work
I offer a safe and confidential place for you to come and talk about anything in your life that may be causing you distress or confusion. I believe that counselling can benefit anyone; it can really help to talk to someone who is objective, professional and has no other involvement or role in your life. Often people come to counselling with no clear idea of what they want or how they feel. There is no expectation from me with regards to the issues you bring; counselling is your space and it is common for people to feel confused, lost or unsure. My aim is to gently support you through the process and help you to better understand yourself and your struggles, so that you can move forward with your life.
I believe that counselling is a journey of self-learning or exploration; I am interested in helping you to understand your behaviour and thought processes. I work with you to uncover unconscious behaviours and feelings which may be preventing you from reaching your full potential.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor; this means that I am trained to use a wide variety of counselling techniques. I believe this is a beneficial way of working as it allows me to adapt my approach to suit the needs of the individual. The main theoretical approaches that I use in my work are; Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Transactional Analysis. My website provides more information about these different counselling approaches.
Below is a list of some of the areas I have experience of working with; it would be impossible to list all the different problems that I have come across over the years, so if you cannot relate to any of these issues, please know that I am open to working with any problem that you may bring.
- Relationship difficulties/communication problems
- Panic attacks
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem/lack of confidence
- Pregnancy related issues
- Sex and sexuality
- general life direction
I have been working with individuals and groups for the past 12 years in various charitable organisations and I have vast experience of helping people to make positive life changes. I help people to develop their awareness so they can improve their relationship with self and others. I enjoy working in depth with people, helping them to better understand their behaviour, thoughts and feelings.
I have a successful private counselling practice based in Bristol which has been running for four years. Prior to setting up my private practice I spent two years as a volunteer counsellor.
I was a volunteer counsellor for Hope's Place, an agency that provides counselling for individuals who are struggling with pregnancy related issues such as; baby loss, miscarriage, pre or post abortion issues, infertility, crisis pregnancy, birth trauma and adoption issues.
I also spent two years as a volunteer counsellor at Bristol Drug's Project, where I provided counselling to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health difficulties.
I have extensive experience of facilitating group therapy sessions, specifically for individuals suffering with mental health and/or addiction problems.
I am an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) provider for two companies; ComPsych and Mind Matters; they provide counselling for employees of various businesses across the UK. I take referrals from these companies and offer short term counselling for individuals who may be suffering from trauma or work related stress.
I have also provided stress management training on behalf of ComPsych to businesses in Bristol.
My practice is based in Horfield, Bristol; it is within easy reach from Gloucester Road, Henleaze and Westbury. There is free on-street parking & bus stops near by.
I provide open-ended counselling; this means that there is no set limit on the number of sessions that I offer. I have daytime & evening appointments available Monday-Thursday. I offer sessions on a weekly basis, although I am able to offer two sessions a week depending on your needs. This can be discussed at the initial meeting.
I always suggest that we meet for an introductory session so that you get an idea as to whether you will feel comfortable working with me. The introductory session also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions about the way I work and the counselling process as a whole.
You can either contact me by e-mail or phone and I aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.
Please have a look at my website if you require further information or alternatively contact me directly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Diploma in Counselling (DPS) at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) which is a BACP Accredited course.
I completed a Certificate in Counselling as a prerequisite to the Diploma in Counselling.
I have substantial further training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
I have a degree in Psychology and Sociology from UWE (BSc Hons)
I completed a 6 month specialist training course and have a certificate in 'Working effectively with family members/partners of alcohol and drug users'. A certified course by Adfam. (Families, Drugs and Alcohol)
Other significant/relevant training; (completed between 2003-2012)
- Working with personality disorders
- Managing anxiety
- Managing depression
- Group Work/Systems Analysis
- Anger management
- Managing low self-esteem
- Stress in the work place
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
I attend regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and lectures to ensure that I am always improving and reflecting on my practice.
I attend monthly clinical supervision with a trained supervisor to ensure that I meet BACP's ethical requirements.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). I am on the BACP national register which is the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health. To find out more about the register please visit the following link; http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Gestalt therapy
The initial session is charged at £20 for 30 minutes; here you will have an opportunity to meet me, get a sense of whether you would like to work with me & time to ask any questions about the counselling process.
Further sessions are charged at £45 per 50 minute session.
I have two concessionary spaces; these are available to students and those working part time hours. The concessionary fee is £35. Please contact me directly if you have any questions about payment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday- Wednesday 9.30am- 6pm and Thursday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|