David Allen, Person-Centred Therapy, Online or Face-to-Face.
Welcome, my name's David and I'm a person-centred counsellor. This means that my main aim is to provide an accepting and empathic relationship so that you feel safe to explore whatever's troubling you.
I am currently working online using Zoom. As well as providing a way for us to catch up with friends and family at this difficult time, it's also an effective way to access counselling, and many people prefer it to face to face.
The reasons you're seeking counselling are as unique as you are and so I shy away from labels or 'putting people in boxes'. However, I've worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem, grief and more.
I am personally interested in how wider social and environmental issues can affect our mental health.
As well as being a counsellor, I enjoy writing poetry. Where appropriate I try to bring my creativity to my counselling work through the use of metaphor and imagery to help you explore your world.
I work from the Therapy Centre in Reading town-centre, not far from the Oracle and Vue Cinema. There is parking nearby, and good public transport links.
If you have any questions about me, or about counselling in general, please don't hesitate to ask.
I am registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I abide by it's code of ethics and good practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Currently, alongside my private counselling, I work as the school counsellor in a Reading secondary school and I'm a facilitator on a counselling training course.
OCST4 Training in Online Counselling (currently in training)
Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy, Metanoia Instutite
BA Person-Centred Therapy, Middlesex University
Certificate In Working with Children and Young People
Initial counselling training, No5 Youth Counselling
I have volunteered at a young persons counselling charity for several years (No5 Youth Counselling) and recently worked on the pastoral care team of a small charity.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in how social and environmental issues such as climate change can affect our mental health, and in providing a space for people to voice these concerns and find a way forward.
I charge £50 per session. All sessions are 50 minutes long.
Concessions offered for
As well as counselling, I worked for many years as a lab technician within Reading University, then several environmental charities, communities and farms, and I'm a poet/keen writer in my spare time.