Graham Allen Diploma In Integrative Counselling, BACP Accred., UKRCP, ACC Accred
Many people find themselves at times struggling with difficulties of an emotional nature. They may be to do with challenging or broken relationships, problematic patterns of behaviour, or because of things that have happened.
Coping with life's transitions can be hard. It may be because of bereavement or due to redundancy.
If you are experiencing difficulty, counselling may help by providing you with the opportunity to explore your feelings and concerns in a confidential setting without fear of judgement or disapproval.
I offer 1 to 1 counselling. It is normally arranged on a weekly basis but the frequency of sessions may vary according to the nature of the issues and client preference. The way I work with clients makes it suitable for both short term and more open ended counselling.
Sessions are normally 50 minutes long.
My approach to the work is integrative, which means that I may draw on a number of models including person centred counselling, psychoanalytic approaches and CBT.
The relationship between the client and the counsellor is crucial to the work and for that reason the first session is an introductory one. This allows you the opportunity to meet me and decide whether or not you wish to commit yourself to counselling with me. Equally, I am able to make an assessment of your needs.
In addition I offer supervision to qualified or trainee counsellors.
I see clients at an address in North Tonbridge, Kent.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at The Minster Centre, London, where I gained the post graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
My experience includes working voluntarily in general practice for MIND, the national charity for mental health. In addition I have many years experience of pastoral work which enables me to deal with emotional needs in relation to a broader spiritual dimension where required.
For many years, alongside my private counselling practice I directed a small charity in Westminster, London providing support to vulnerable families in the inner city. I have experience of supporting parents and children facing real challenges.
I am an accredited counsellor with both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and work to their ethical principles.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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The full fee is £45 for individuals and £65 for couples per session but lower cost counselling may be possible in cases of genuine hardship.