Dr Rachel Allan
Hello and welcome. I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and qualified counsellor, with over ten years' experience as a therapist working with individuals and couples. I am also a BPS RAPPS-listed supervisor, and provide supervision for Practitioner Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and Counsellors.
What to expect
As a Counselling Psychologist, I am able to draw on a number of different therapeutic approaches to provide an intervention that suits you and supports you to meet your goals. I provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore your difficulties. I will work with you to come up with a treatment plan, unique to you, that meets your needs and helps you move forward in your life.
After you make contact with me, we can arrange a first assessment session together. I am usually able to give you an appointment within one week of making contact. When we meet for the first time, we will spend some time looking at your difficulties, and I will assess what approach is likely to be suitable for you at that time. From there, we will decide together how to proceed.
Why a Counselling Psychologist?
Counselling Psychology is a branch of Professional Psychology which specialises in providing effective, evidence-based psychological interventions in a compassionate, sensitive and collaborative way. When working with a Counselling Psychologist, the work will follow your lead, and aim to empower you to reach your goals, and to thrive. A Counselling Psychologist will be themselves with you, and meet you in a warm, human and professional way. This includes recognising the uniqueness of your difficulties and circumstances without ever seeking to diagnose or tell you there is something 'wrong' with you. As a Counselling Psychologist, my professional values include promoting hope, meaning, understanding, growth and personal empowerment.
A bit about me
I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist in the NHS for a number of years. I am experienced in working with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, including depression and feeling sad, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, relationships issues, family issues, psychosis and PTSD. I am passionate about working with individuals looking to find a way forward through loss such as separation, divorce and bereavement, be that individually or as a couple.
I have worked extensively with people living with the long-term effects of childhood trauma, wishing to make sense of their past experiences. I am trained and experienced in delivering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an innovative and effective clinical treatment for difficulties arising from traumatic events. I would be pleased to provide further information on this approach when we meet, and to consider whether this approach might be suitable for you. I welcome clients from all backgrounds.
I have completed training in supervision and am particularly interested in working with colleagues who are working towards qualification or professional accreditation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, trained in Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have also completed training in EMDR.
Prior to my doctorate in Counselling Psychology, I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Over the last ten years, I have worked in a number of services, including specialist services for psychosis, and for survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.
I have completed a number of training courses in supervision. I am Registered with the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors, which is designed to recognise psychologists with special expertise in supervision.
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University, 2010)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Strathclyde, 2007)
MA Honours (First Class) Psychology (University of Glasgow, 2006)
HCPC Practitioner Psychologist
BPS Chartered Member
BPS RAPPS Registered
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
From £80 per hour for individuals
From £100 per hour for couples
From £80 per hour for qualified colleagues
From £60 per hour for colleagues currently in training
Evening and weekend appointments available.