David Allen, Person-Centred Counsellor BA, MBACP

David Allen, Person-Centred Counsellor BA, MBACP

6 Church Street


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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.

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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG1 2SB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

A wheelchair ramp is available on request.


I see clients daytimes and evenings from Monday to Friday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults