Allison Navarro MA UKCP MBACP
Whatever challenges you're currently facing, I offer a safe and nurturing space where we can talk and explore together what is happening, and where you will feel supported and understood. I am a fully qualified and registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
I bring acceptance and warmth to my work with clients; it is well documented that one of the most healing aspects of therapy is the unique relationship between client and therapist. It is the quality of this relationship which helps you to get beneath the surface and bring to light things which may have been holding you back. Working with me will feel like a conversation; one which helps you to process and make sense of what is happening and arrive at a place of self acceptance and self confidence.
I have developed experience in creatively using mindfulness and meditation techniques to help you achieve freedom from distressing and overwhelming emotional and mental states and I am happy to work with you in this way if desired. I also use a method of enquiry, developed by Byron Katie, to help you to investigate and change habitual patterns of thinking. These techniques often have an incredibly positive impact on relationships with others, along with an experience of increased self-esteem.
My training is in Psychosynthesis, which is part of a growing movement of psychospiritual development approaches. At its heart lies the understanding that in meeting and including our struggles and pain, we actually open ourselves to more joy and lightness, and find a more integral sense of Self.
How Counselling can help
The aim of therapy in this context is to emerge from your difficulties with the confidence to follow your own path, and with a growing sense of kindness towards yourself. My clients leave Counselling saying things like "I feel more together" and "I am able to be myself now".
Areas in which I work
I work with a wide range of issues, and have a specialist interest and experience in the following areas;
- self harm
- eating disorders
- young people
- loss and bereavement
- relationship issues
- anger management
- domestic violence
- low self esteem
- spiritual questioning and concerns
There are times, often when life doesn't seem to be working for us, when the way we have defined ourselves is no longer working. We feel helpless or in pain, dissatisfied with life or struggling with difficult relationships. We may have developed coping mechanisms which we know aren't good for us, but which we feel powerless to change. At these times it is natural to want to seek help in order to change.
What to expect in your first session
During our first consultation I will put you at your ease and we'll talk about what brings you to counselling at this point in your life. I will talk a little about what you can expect from me and from counselling and you'll be able to ask me any questions you may have. The aim of the first session is for you to get a feel for what it might be like to work with me so that you can make an informed choice about continuing with me.
Where I work
I am located in the historic village of Ashwell which lies on the borders of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. I work in a peaceful and private converted Victorian washhouse in my garden, surrounded by flowers and greenery. There is free parking outside my home.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling.
My experience includes working in a University with young adults dealing with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to self harm and eating disorders, volunteering in a Women’s Refuge and running a private practice.
I am a fully insured member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I abide by their Code of Ethics.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session
I understand that finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is very important, therefore if you decide you would like to see me I offer an initial no obligation 50 minute consultation for £30. This session will give you an opportunity to explore what you would like to gain from counselling, as well as giving you an experience of my approach and a flavour of what working with me will be like.