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Catherine Allen BACP Accred. EMDR Therapist

Bromley, Kent, BR4 07980 704 978 07980 704 978 Registered / Accredited
Bromley, Kent, BR4
07980 704 978 07980 704 978

About me

I am a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and also EMDR therapist. I have a passion for supporting and facilitating others in finding more fulfilling or happier lives or to just be with your pain, sadness or discomfort.
I have an extensive and varied experience of working with issues to do with the human condition. I have a vast amount of experience in working with Trauma and little t 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 some sort of discomfort, confusion or distress. Anxiety is currently the most common cause of an unhappy, stressful 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”, "will I be believed". 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 or as big as other people 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, or need to tell your story or be witnessed, you have every right to have that 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 therapist with a number of Skills can help to meet your individual needs. Therapy is a way of taking care of you, giving yourself the space, 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 think 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 and you do not have to be alone with this.

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, 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 me 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. These experiences can be trauma/PTSD related or issues such as phobias or self confidence.

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

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Individual Therapy £50.00 per hour - 60 minutes

EMDR £90.00 - 90 minutes

Couples £85.00 per hour - 60 minutes

Bromley
Kent
BR4

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 Unspecified

Availability

evenings and daytime

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Supervision available

Catherine Allen BACP Accred. EMDR Therapist

Catherine Allen BACP Accred. EMDR Therapist

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