Allan Turner MBACP Registered (Senior Accredited Psychotherapist).
High level of training and exceptionally high level of experience
Over 39 years experience
Known for his clarity of thought
Suitable for clients who believe that experience knowledge and approachability are most important when selecting a counsellor
Specialist in Couples Counselling, Relationship issues, Autistic Spectrum (including Aspergers Syndrome).
Training, qualifications & experience
I started counselling in 1980 with Scottish Marriage Guidance on a voluntary basis. In 1985 I studied on the first Person-Centred Diploma training course in the UK. Staff on this course included Brian Thorne and Dave Mearns, who both went on to become Professors of Counselling at the Universities of East Anglia and Strathclyde, respectively. Both now have international reputations. I subsequently completed a post diploma certificate in Clinical Supervision of Counsellors in Glasgow.
I was first Accredited as a counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1989 and have been a Senior Accredited Member of BACP since 1994 and am also registered on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register. I served as an Assessor of Accreditation with BACP for five years.
I was a founder member of Person-Centred Therapy Scotland, have served as Chair, Treasurer and Executive member of the British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA). I am a past Chair of the Association for the Development of the Person Centered Approach (ADPCA) this is an international association. I am also a founder member of the the World Association for Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (WAPCEPC) and Treasurer of PCE Europe (which is an international network of European counselling and psychotherapy organisations.)
My work with clients:
My approach to counselling is Person-Centred for those who already have some understanding of this approach, Classical Client Centred is probably a helpful description. For those with less understanding of the approach, Person-Centred is an approach to counselling which was developed by the American Psychologist, Dr. Carl Rogers. It takes an optimistic view of human nature and is a growth, rather than a deficit, model. Most approaches to counselling assume that the cause of human distress is a deficit in the client (wrong thinking, powerful and destructive subconscious forces are examples). In contrast, a growth model assumes that people have within themselves vast resources for self understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self directing behaviour. The task of the counsellor/psychotherapist is to facilitate this growth which is achieved by offering a non-judgemental, valuing environment where a client can truly be them selves. (The term "client" was popularised by Dr Rogers to move away from the hierarchy implied by "patient".) This approach has a vast evidence base with more than 70 years of evidence based research confirming its effectiveness
I continue to work a lot with couples and relationship issues, although have moved a long way from the original training. I train counsellors to work with couples and relationship issues.
My case load currently includes a wide range of presenting problems including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress and bereavement, sexual and physical abuse, and, of course, couples. Growing out of the couples work has been the effect Aspergers' Syndrome/Autism has on a relationship and this has become increasingly important in my work for the last decade.
I am a Director of Counselling Works Ltd and a full time Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have well about 22,000 hours counselling and supervision client contact experience.
I am also a Partner of Counselling Workshops and Training which is an LLP, dedicated to providing additional training and CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists.
My personal website, www.allanturner.co.uk has an international reputation for being the world's first Person-centred website and many experienced counsellors say that this website was an early source of reference material for them.
My "business" website for perspective clients is www.allanturnercounselling.co.uk
My most recent publication is a chapter in the Sage book "Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy" where I discuss Trauma and PTSD from a Person-centred theoretical perspective.
I have been interviewed and presented work on On Lines Events (www.onlinevents.co.uk) on five occasions.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I have reduced my fees in the light of covid-19
My fee is reduced to £45 per one hour (60 minutes) session. If a couple, and they are both working the fee is £55.00, but £45.00 if one, or neither are working. Counselling is delivered by Zoom, which is a simple to use encrypted video service which is free for you to use.
phone 07 968 321 898.
My personal website is www.allanturnercounselling.co.uk and my company website is www.counsellingworks.co.uk
Concessions offered for
My Company, Counselling Works Ltd, has 14 affiliates and so can offer a range of counselling services at a starting fee of £30 a session.