Catherine Allen

Catherine Allen

Bromley
Kent
BR4

07980 704 978

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Bromley
Kent
BR4

07980 704 978

About me

I am a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and also an EMDR therapist. I have a passion for supporting and facilitating others in finding more fulfilling or happier lives or just sitting with their pain, sadness or discomfort.

I have a vast experience of working with issues to do with the human condition. I have extensive experience in working with Trauma and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem, self worth and drug and alcohol addiction.

I have written my profile based on my experience of working with clients, which I hope will be helpful to you.

Generally, when people are seeking therapy it is usually because something in their lives is causing them some sort of discomfort, confusion or distress. Anxiety is currently the most common cause of an unhappy life, others are depression, relationship difficulties, perpetual patterns of events or feelings that repeat themselves over and over again, bullying, addictions, work related stress, a general sense of lack of fulfilment, anger, OCD the list goes on.

I understand that seeking support can ignite a number of negative messages such “I am weak” or “I should be able to do this myself” or “what will others think”. Other reasons that can make it difficult to make that first step could be that you do not consider that your problems are as bad as others and therefore you do not have the right to seek support, these messages, whilst they may feel real to you are simply not true, everyone deserves the opportunity to be heard, valued and accepted. Problems are relevant to the individual and if you are not experiencing your life in a way that is satisfying for you, need to tell your story or be witnessed, you have every right to have support. Seeking emotional and psychological support is no different to calling the doctor when you are feeling physically unwell or calling the chiropractor when your back is sore.

You are unique and there is no one else exactly like you in the world, which is why having a number of Skills can help to meet your individual needs. Therapy is a way of taking care of you, giving yourself the space for an hour a week to explore and understand yourself better, which in turn will help you to make sense of the things that you may be experiencing.

Many of us don’t understand why we think, feel and behave the way that we do or you might that the world thinks and feels the same way that you do and it can be a shock to find out that they don't.

Much of our distress can be caused by the stories we tell ourselves about others or events that happen. Psycho-education will help you to gain a better understanding of these things, and this alone can be a relief and will promote positive change. Having a space that is just for you where the therapist is available, accepting, non-judgemental and present will support you when you are struggling.

Whilst there are many tools that a therapist has, the most significant indicator of successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Finding the right therapist for you can be daunting, you may go with a picture, or what is written, or how the therapist sounds on the telephone, or how they respond to your email. When you start therapy consider “do I feel comfortable?”, do I feel safe? heard? accepted? can I be myself? If you don’t feel these things, find a therapist where you do feel these things, therapy is the one relationship where you do not need to consider the feelings of the other person, just yourself. Having said this most of our experience of others is not what is spoken but what is unspoken and is subconscious. Therapy can be and is life changing so finding the right person for you is paramount.

You can expect the therapist to be curious and interested in you, and to work with you at your own pace.

If you are seeking and EMDR Therapy you may already have an idea of what it is, if you don’t here is a brief explanation. EMDR is a tool that is used to help “unfreeze” previous memories and experiences. Whilst EMDR was previously and predominantly used for “shell shock” or “PTSD” it is also a relatively short and successful for any area of your life where you feel stuck, have anxiety or are suffering with a phobia/s.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

EMDR Therapist

CBT

PG in Supervision

BACP Accredited

Imago Couples Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Individual Therapy £50.00 per hour - 60 minutes

EMDR £90.00 - 90 minutes

Couples £85.00 per hour - 60 minutes

Maps & Directions

Bromley, BR4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

evenings and daytime

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision available