Sue Allen PG Dip.Couns., BA(Hons), DipSW., MBACP
Otago Consulting Rooms
13 Queen Square
Hello there. It can be difficult to choose a counsellor so here's some information about me which hopefully will enable you to get a sense of who I am and how I work so that you can decide if this is right for you.
Why I became a therapist
I became a counsellor as a result of my own journey. The idea that we can be the authors of our own lives deciding how we respond in life inspired me to train as a counsellor. Letting go of what doesn't work can create a space for what does work to grow. Whilst this 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.
How will counselling help me?
Making links between the problems in your life and what's going on for you inside, including how your thinking, feelings and actions link together often leads to people finding that they start to get a sense of control back in their lives. Understanding your own process can transform how you feel and think about yourself and through the growth, lead to connecting with the world in ways which are much more satisfying and rewarding.
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 and divorced.
What to Expect during your Session
When we meet initially, it will be a chance for you to find out if this way of counselling is right for you. You can ask any questions you may have and I can hear about what brings you to counselling to make sure that this is the best place for you.
The way I generally work is to create a supportive environment in which I will listen to you whilst asking a few questions so that we can start to build a picture as to what your problem consists of: it's a collaborative process. Often there's a repeating pattern or key theme, which, once identified, can then be talked about and reconsidered. Whether you want the work to be short-term or long-term is an ongoing conversation throughout the counselling and decided by you.
How to contact me
It's preferable to email or text me in the first instance as I can't always get to the phone straightaway. I will get back to you within 24hrs. We can then arrange a time I can phone you to discuss if you want to go ahead with an initial appointment. If you prefer to leave me a voicemail, please could you indicate when would be a good time to call you back.
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)
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I can offer day and evening appointments.
My Fee is £45 per individual session and £50 for couples and families.
I am a fully 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).
I work with people over 18yrs old.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available on Tuesday evenings andThursdays.
Types of client