Avril Allen mBacp; UKCP
Can therapy help me?
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:
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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;
HPC (Health Professions Council) registered Art Therapist.
BIH Hypnotherapy & NLP dip (with distinction)
Master NLP prac.
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
Transport for London
FSA (Forensic Science Service)
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
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.View supervision profile