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About me

**I offer online sessions via Zoom or telephone sessions from East Devon to anywhere in the UK**

Life is challenging, now more than ever. You may be finding yourself feeling low, worried, anxious, struggling to sleep, snapping at people, finding yourself unable to say ‘no’ to demands being placed upon you by friends or family.   Maybe your relationships with family and friends are suffering as a result of this and you’d like to change your interactions with them and establish reasonable boundaries with them. Maybe you are not feeling as resilient as you once did.

Counselling can provide you with a space in which you will be listened to without judgment and you can explore your feelings and emotions. It is a place of safety where the unsayable can be said and you can choose to change your emotional and behavioural patterns that may no longer be useful to you. It is a place for experimenting with new ways of being and relating to others.

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I use different theories and techniques to create a therapy solution which is appropriate to you. I use elements of transactional analysis, person centred therapy and compassion focused therapy. I work collaboratively with you so that you can be true to yourself. This is all set within the safety and boundaries of the counselling relationship.
I believe we all have within us the resources we need but sometimes we need a little help to find a different way of being and coping with all that life can throw at us. You may be wanting to talk to someone but are struggling to find the right time slot and I understand how difficult it can be to fit everything in. I offer sessions in the evening and on a Saturday morning.

I understand that commencing therapy takes courage and I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation to see if I am the person you would like to work with.  If you would like to explore things further then please do contact me either via telephone or email. I aim to respond to enquiries within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’ve worked with people in an organisation context for over 15 years and 5 years ago commenced my counselling training journey.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Course) and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have undertaken additional training to work with clients online and on the telphone.

I regularly attend training events. Recent training has included a focus on Compassion Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, hormonal health issues, neuroscience, learning difficulties and bereavement.

Member organisations


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

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I offer a free 20 minute initial telephone consultation
I charge £50 for a 50 minute session


Barrack Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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

Unfortunately my premises are not wheelchair user friendly at the moment however, I am able to offer either online or telephone counselling


Evening and Saturday morning appointments available along with some daytime appointments

Types of client

Older adults


Catherine Allen Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, MBACP

Catherine Allen Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, MBACP