David Allen

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Person-Centred Therapy, Online or Face-to-Face
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Reading, Berkshire, RG5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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.

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.

It's really important that you feel comfortable talking to your therapist, so to help you decide if I'm the right counsellor for you, I offer a half price first session.

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.

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'm a facilitator on a counselling training course and until recently I worked with young people in a secondary school in Reading.


OCST4 Training in Online Counselling

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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£25.00 - £50.00

Additional information

The relationship between you and your counsellor is really important, so to help you decide if I'm the right counsellor for you, I offer a half price £25 first session, thereafter all sessions are £50.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I see clients daytimes and early evenings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Further information

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.

Reading, Berkshire, RG5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Unfortunately my current office is not wheelchair accessible. I can offer online sessions for those unable to attend in person.

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David Allen
David Allen