David Allen, Person-Centred Counsellor BA, MBACP
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.
A strong relationship between you and your counsellor is the most important factor in helping bring about change, and so I offer a half price initial session (£25) to help you decide if I'm the right counsellor for you.
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
Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy, Metanoia Instutite
BA Person-Centred Therapy, Middlesex University
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.
Currently, alongside my private counselling, I work in a small local charity and as the school counsellor in a Reading secondary school.
I have run small group workshops and talks on the subjects of grief and climate change.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 offer a half price initial introductory session for £25, and then £50 per session thereafter. All sessions are 50 minutes long.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I see clients daytimes and evenings from Monday to Friday.
Types of client