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Avril Allen MBACP UKCP - Virtual Support (Online & Telephone) Available

Hythe CT21 & London Bridge SE1
01303 237393 01303 237393 07855 063554 07855 063554 Registered / Accredited
Hythe CT21 & London Bridge SE1

About me

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Are you looking to


Improve your relationships?
Stop anxiety spoiling your life?
Gain confidence in yourself and your abilities?
Develop a strong sense of self?
Feel a sense of well-being and achievement?

Then I can offer you all the help and guidance you need.

I help clients mend from past hurts; relationship issues; anxiety including social anxiety, generalised anxiety and panic attacks; lack of confidence and assertiveness or loss of direction, focus, concentration and purpose amongst other areas.

My perspective as a therapist

I help people resolve emotional matters in a warm, yet rational, deliberate manner.

As you will see below I am experienced with different approaches to therapy and will tailor the work to suit you as a person.  All my work is under-pinned with my strong conviction that whatever you bring to therapy, with understanding in a safe, accepting environment and the right problem-solving skills, you will discover and hone your inner strengths. And your problems may even turn out to hold your potential.


I enjoy seeing my clients build a strong sense of self confidence, clarity and well-being.

I specialise in helping clients stop anxiety spoiling their lives with Anxiety Breakthroughs programme:
See more on my website:
http://avrilallen.co.uk/anxiety-breakthroughs/


You will can also find me on Facebook:

facebook.com/anxietybreakthroughscoaching

I would love it if you start a conversation with me and others there.

About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist clinical supervisor and also accredited with UKCP as a psychotherapist.

A bit about my background.  Starting out with a psychology degree, I graduated from the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust; qualified as an Art Therapist and worked within the nhs for a while, before starting in private practice.  I designed and led Art from Within workshops for 10 years and have practiced as a counsellor and psychotherapist ever since.

Having been astonished at the creativity of the unconscious mind through art therapy in particular I fulfilled a long-held ambition to qualify as a hypnotherapist in the 90s. 

Nowadays I am a life coach too, helping people reach their potential and design their lives creatively, but do not be concerned if you feel too bruised to go for goals and achievements and want a safe, warm, accepting space to heal, because I can help you work through the past, or empower you to create a good future.  I will explain the difference between therapy and coaching if that interests you, and help you decide which is the best approach right now for you.

Whether brief solution-focussed or a longer journey, our relationship can continue as long as you need it to be there.

How does it work?

Online Therapy
is an exciting departure from traditional face-2-face treatment. Apart from the obvious advantage of accessibility anywhere with an internet connection, you have the session in text to reflect on later.  I took part in an NHS research trial (Ipcress) with Bristol University, delivering CBT online to patients referred with depression/anxiety.  Successful results were published in The Lancet : Volume 374, Number 9690, 22 August 2009.

I meet clients Face to Face in Hythe or London, but many clients prefer Telephone meetings or Online live chat, as then geography is not a problem. Wherever we meet you can be assured that it will be in a confidential setting.

I abide by BACP’s code of ethics.


Psychotherapy enables you to understand yourself better, explore and heal from the past and how it has affected your personal foundation, relationships and patterns.

CBT and Brief Solution-focussed, therapies are cognitive approaches exploring the way you think which affects the way you feel.  They are the NHS treatment of choice for many problems including depression and anxiety.  If your thoughts are not useful we explore ways to change them to more resourceful thought patterns. It’s all about what works!

NLP is about feeling great and enhancing your performance in whatever you do.  Stress or lack of confidence can hinder your effectiveness at work, in sports and developing relationships.  NLP was developed by modelling very successful people in their fields; is commonly used in sports and business and just as useful in your personal life.  It can help remove the impact of a nasty memory and teach you the control to create a confident and motivational state instead. 

Hypnotherapy is a pleasant, peaceful experience engaging the creative subconscious mind which is responsible for stored learning and producing habitual behaviours without the need of conscious thought, which is why logical decisions to change habits may not always work.  Hypnotherapy is particularly effective to stop smoking, overcome phobias, build confidence, relieve stress and restore a sense of well-being.

What is the next step?

Contact me to arrange an initial discussion about the possibilities and further information. When emailing, please include your location and contact telephone number(s).

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP Senior Accred counsellor/psychotherapist
UKCP accred psychotherapist;
Art Psychotherapist.
BIH Hypnotherapy & NLP dip (with distinction)
Master NLP practitioner

Psychologist with an organisation delivering online CBT to NHS patients via IAPT

After working within the NHS for a couple of years I have many years' experience in private practise and via EAPs (employee assistance programmes) worked with personnel of diverse companies such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Ernst & Young
PetroCanada
BBC
Transport for London
Merrill Lynch
FSA (Forensic Science Service)
Asda
Abbot Mead Vickers.

I am on the staff as a recommended therapist for students training at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust and was on their Assessment panel for 2 years, assessing whether clients would be best served with a referral to our students or an experienced member of the counselling service.

Experienced BACP accredited supervisor for therapists.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Also registered with Life Coach Directory.

London Bridge
London
SE1

Hythe
Kent
CT21

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I am an accredited BACP supervisor, and ukcp accredited psychotherapist with many years experience, and will work with you in a warm, supportive yet deliberate, rational manner.  I consider you first and foremost as a valued colleague.  My approach is integrative of psychodynamic (psychosynthesis) and cognitive (CBT and NLP).  I welcome your enquiries about working with me.

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