Sue Allen PG Dip.Couns., BA(Hons), DipSW., MBACP

Sue Allen PG Dip.Couns., BA(Hons), DipSW., MBACP

Otago Consulting Rooms
13 Queen Square
Leeds
LS2 8AJ

07792 427696

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Otago Consulting Rooms
13 Queen Square
Leeds
LS2 8AJ

07792 427696

About me

Introduction
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.

Counselling experience
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)

Member organisations

BACP

Photos & videos

  • Otago Consulting Rooms
  • Otago Consulting Rooms

Fees

£50 per hour (individuals)

Further information

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) and a Registered Member of BACP.

I work with people over 18yrs old.


Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS2 8AJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Day appointments available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Evening appointments available on Wednesdays.

Types of client

Adults