Clare Allen DPS Counselling, MBACP (Reg)
Please note, I am currently offering video sessions during this period of lockdown. Once social distancing measures are relaxed, we can then switch to face to face sessions.
How I work
I offer a safe and confidential place for you to come and talk about anything in your life that may be causing you distress or confusion. I believe that counselling can benefit anyone; it can really help to talk to someone who is objective, professional and has no other involvement or role in your life. Often people come to counselling with no clear idea of what they want or how they feel. There is no expectation from me with regards to the issues you bring; counselling is your space and it is common for people to feel confused, lost or unsure. My aim is to support you through the process and help you to better understand yourself and your struggles, so that you can move forward with your life.
I believe that counselling is a journey of self-learning & exploration; I am interested in helping you to understand your behaviour and thought processes. I work with you to uncover unconscious behaviours and feelings which may be preventing you from reaching your full potential or blocking you from moving forward in some way.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor; this means that I am trained to use a wide variety of counselling techniques. I believe this is a beneficial way of working as it allows me to adapt my approach to suit the needs of the individual. The main theoretical approaches that I use in my work are; Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Transactional Analysis. My website provides more information about these different counselling approaches.
Below is a list of some of the areas I have experience of working with; it would be impossible to list all the different problems that I have come across over the years, so if you cannot relate to any of these issues, please know that I am open to working with any problem that you may bring.Relationship difficulties/communication problems
- Panic attacks
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem/lack of confidence
- Pregnancy related issues
- Sex and sexuality
- general life direction
I have been working with individuals and groups for the past 14 years; I have worked in educational settings, drug & alcohol projects and in the community. As a result I have a wealth of experience in helping people to make positive life changes.
I have a successful private counselling practice based in Bristol which has been running for seven years. Prior to setting up my private practice I spent two years as a volunteer counsellor at Hope's Place, an agency that provides counselling for individuals who are struggling with pregnancy related issues, and I was also a volunteer counsellor at Bristol Drug's Project.
I have extensive experience of facilitating group therapy sessions, specifically for individuals suffering with mental health and/or addiction problems.
More recently, I provided group & individual reflective practice sessions for staff at St Mungos which is a homelessness charity based in Bristol & London.
My practice is based in Horfield, Bristol; it is within easy reach from Gloucester Road, Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym. There is free on-street parking & bus stops near by.
I provide open-ended counselling; this means that there is no set limit on the number of sessions that I offer. I have daytime & evening appointments available Monday-Thursday. I offer sessions on a weekly basis, although I am able to offer two sessions a week depending on your needs. This can be discussed at the initial meeting.
I always suggest that we meet for an introductory session so that you get an idea as to whether you will feel comfortable working with me. The introductory session also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions about the way I work and the counselling process as a whole.
You can either contact me by e-mail or phone and I aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.
Please have a look at my website if you require further information or alternatively contact me directly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Diploma in Counselling (DPS) at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) which is a BACP Accredited course.
I completed a Certificate in Counselling (UWE) as a prerequisite to the Diploma in Counselling.
I have substantial further training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
I have a degree in Psychology and Sociology from UWE (BSc Hons)
I completed a 6 month specialist training course and have a certificate in 'Working effectively with family members/partners of alcohol and drug users'. A certified course by Adfam. (Families, Drugs and Alcohol)
Other significant/relevant training; (completed between 2003-2012)
- Working with personality disorders
- Managing anxiety
- Managing depression
- Group Work/Systems Analysis
- Anger management
- Managing low self-esteem
- Stress in the work place
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
I attend regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and lectures to ensure that I am always improving and reflecting on my practice.
I attend monthly clinical supervision to ensure that I meet BACP's ethical requirements.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). I am on the BACP national register which is the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health. To find out more about the register please visit the following link; http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial session is charged at £25 for 30 minutes; here you will have an opportunity to meet me, get a sense of whether you would like to work with me & time to ask any questions about the counselling process.
Further sessions are charged at £50 per 50 minute session.