Sue Allen PG Dip.Couns., BA(Hons), DipSW., MBACP
Otago Consulting Rooms
13 Queen Square
Hello. Here's some information about me below to help you to get a sense of who I am and how I work. Just contact me by email, text or phone and we can organise an initial appointment. I can't always get to messages or the phone immediately as I might be in session or away from the consulting rooms, but I can usually respond to messages the same day and certainly within 24 hours.
Why I became a therapist
I became a therapist as a result of my own journey. It was the idea that we can be the authors of our own lives which inspired me. Therapy can open up choices as to how we respond in life and also what we can positively create. Whilst this sifting through, reflecting process can involve facing up to things in your life which don't work so well, those realisations create the accompanying upside: the prospect of new horizons, new abilities, new skills, new self-knowledge and a much more deeply satisfying fit with who you really are.
What to Expect From your Counselling
Our work together will be exploratory and collaborative. You will find a supportive, listening space in which you can bring your problems and I will use my experience and knowledge to ask questions and offer reflections. This will assist you to think outside your normal habitual ways of thinking and feeling about yourself, your life and the world.
My training is one in which I understand problems to be rooted in the past and the work will involve understanding the links between your past, and your here and now problems. I won't offer solutions though I sometimes can point you in the direction of additional relevant resources or information. My job instead is to help you to piece together the problematic parts of your 'life map' which are feeding into your current problems so these elements become visible and therefore changeable.
This is both a supportive process and a challenging one too. Often there's a repeating pattern or key theme, which, once identified, can then be put into words and then reconsidered. Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work which you can then reflect on in a different way. Understanding your own process can transform how you feel and think about yourself and lead to connecting with your life in ways which are much more satisfying and rewarding.
How long we work together is an ongoing conversation throughout the counselling and decided by you depending on what you want to change and where you wish to get to with it.
I have substantial experience of helping people make positive changes to their lives. I worked as a Volunteer Counsellor with St Vincent’s in Leeds helping people with a broad range of issues. I also worked with the University of Leeds Mental Health Team as a Volunteer Counsellor with students, and I now work in private practice in central Leeds offering individual counselling and psychotherapy. Before counselling and psychotherapy training I practiced for several years as a Children and Families Social Worker supporting families. I also undertook Family and Systemic training to deepen my understanding of families and relationships and then trained as a psychotherapist. I have a special interest in working with people who are divorcing, or undertaking a major re-evaluation in their lives in which the old way of doing things no longer seems to work or fit.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis in Advanced Training as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) Psychotherapist.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Foundation in Family and Systemic Therapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
- BA (Hons)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As part of the Leeds Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice Development, David Willetts (see Counselling Directory profile) and I offer the following groups in Leeds:
'Couples Reconnect' : Do you want to stay together but find are struggling to find a way to connect with each other? This small group of couples will enable you to find out what's going on at a deeper level inside your relationship so that you can find ways to reconnect with one another to create a satisfying and more rewarding relationship.
'Evolving You: Second Life, Best Life': This new group is for individuals who are finding that the choices made when younger no longer fit or reflect who they are now in their 50's . This group enables individuals to find ways to get to the heart of who they are now and what they need for a truly satisfying life. This will be a series of group meetings led by David Willetts and Sue Allen with individuals using psychological models to help you understand yourself and to start to create a life which is more satisfying and fits with who you are evolving into.
Please see website http://therapymattersleeds.com for more information and to register an expression of interest.
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£50 per hour (individuals)
I'm a qualified Counsellor and to develop my skills further I am also a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (In Clinical Training).
I am a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and a Registered Member of BACP.
I work with adults over 18yrs old.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day appointments available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Evening appointments available on Wednesdays.
Types of client