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Accredited MBABCP & Integrative CBT Psychotherapist. EMDR.

About me

Welcome, my name is Allene and I am here to help and support you.

I am an accredited CBT therapist and EMDR Practioner (Eye Mobilisation & Desensitisation Reprocessing) with a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling Studies and many years of experience.

I believe psychotherapy & / or counselling can provide a wonderful opportunity for us to gain understanding and relief from issues that are causing us distress. We can discover the causes which have led to our difficulties, gaining clarity and the necessary skills and understanding for a happier, more positive and fulfilling life.

I currently only work online and research has shown this to be just as benificial as in person. It can provide more access to therapy and removes travel and time constraints. I am an EMDR practioner which is a therapy that is very successful, can be give  'quicker' healing time and provide a less stressful therapeutic joiurney. It was originally developed for trauma work but is now used widely for the treatment of anxiety based disorders, depression and most other mental health challenges. EMDR is recognised by the NHS, NICE Guidleines as a treatemnt of choice with excellant results in the treatment of PTSD and other disorders. If you are unsure if this is something that could work for you, we can discuss together further when we first meet.

I use a private secure room on the Zoom online platform which if you are unfamiliar with, i can guide you through on how to access. In the 3 years i have been working online clients have found this therapy route provides an equally valuable experience as they could gain in person.

I offer a calm, confidential and safe environment where you can explore with me what has brought you to therapy. Please feel free to text (It is likely I may be working and unable to pick up your call) or email me and I will answer any questions you may have, with no obligation.

As a retired midwife and general nurse, I have seen how this previous experience and knowledge offers depth to my practice and I am a highly experienced Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, a member of British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists (MBABCP) and member of the EMDR UK association. I abide by their codes of ethics & practice and have monthly supervision in both modlaities. Confirmation of my current membership details is available on request.

If you are a counsellor/psychotherapist either qualified or in training, I hold the COSCA Counselling Supervision certificate and offer counselling supervision.

I am also a Jungian Psychoanalytical SandPlay Therapist.

For more information on the services I offer, more information on my experience and training, please visit my website at

Training, qualifications & experience

I originally trained and worked as a general nurse and then as a midwife, and for the last 18 years I have been practising as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

My undergraduate degree is in Applied Women's Studies, with my electives in Psychology & Counselling. I hold a Masters in Counselling Studies which provides me with the skill base to offer my clients a more Integrative approach. This means I am able to tailor the method of counselling to your needs as I have found 'One Size' does not always fit all.

I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Group Work and am COSCA certified counselling supervisor. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Analytical Systems Psychotherapy (CBASP) which research shows is very helpful for chronic depression. I am a qualified in Sand Tray Therapist (a Jungian Psychoanalytical approach) I am happy to explain in more detail this creative and fascinating model of therapy on request and how you can access this.

Over the years I have gained specific experience around women & family issues, depression, anxiety & crisis work and have worked in a rape crisis & sexual abuse centre, with both male and female clients. I have gained invaluable experience around the latter and it's potential life time repercussions.

I can provide Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, with its strong Mindfulness component. This is particularly useful for those diagnosed with certain types of anxiety-based disorders and is helpful for alleviating distressing symptoms and in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Having lived overseas for many years, I have additional experience in relocating with families and the pressures and unique challenges involved around issues of loss, change & relocation.

I meet my clients in my private office in the centre of Dumfries. It is close to major bus routes and there is plenty of free parking available.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also specialise in individual / couples / family relocation and the repercussions of this, both within the UK and internationally.
Certified SandPlay Therapist.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions are for 1 hour and by appointment only.

My fee's are:
Individual therapy - In person -  £50 per hour.
Couples therapy & family therapy - £60 per hour / £75 for 90 minutes.
SandPlay Therapy - £75 per 90 minutes.
Counselling Supervision - £50 per hour. (90 minutes is £75)
EAP / Insurance & Company referrals - £60 per hour / £75 for assessments.

For further information on my work & experience, please visit my web site at

When I work

Monday to Friday. Email, call or text & I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please visit my web site for more information on my services. Thank you.

Further information

I meet clients in my private office which is located in the centre of Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, UK. DG1. It is convenient for main bus routes and there is plenty of free parking close by.

Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme