Debbie Allan BSc (Hons) Psychology, Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, MBACP
How counselling can help you
I understand that at a time of loss it can be hard to know where to turn and finding a counsellor and contacting someone you don’t know can be daunting. I work predominantly with grief and loss, together with associated issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and changes in identity.
The way in which each person grieves is unique and whilst it is a normal process, sometimes people struggle to adjust to their loss. Talking about grief can help with understanding the mourning process and adapt to a new sense of self.
Different people need different interventions at different times and I am trained in several different counselling modalities, which enables me to put together a sensitive and tailored approach to work with your personal needs. Working this way means we can address your feelings, thoughts and behaviours holistically.
I aim to facilitate beneficial psychological change and empower you to raise awareness of yourself and discover solutions in a safe and supportive environment.
What to expect in your first session
I offer up to 30 minutes free for us to talk and make sure you are comfortable with is working together. An introductory session gives us the opportunity to meet and discuss what you want from counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the BPS (British Psychological Society). I trained at Iron Mill College in Exeter as an Integrative Counsellor.
My qualifications include:
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Professional Certificate in CBT
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- Transactional Analysis 101
- ASIST Suicide Intervention Training
- STORM Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm Mitigation Training
- Dissociation in Clinical Practice
- Workshops covering trauma, Compassion Focused Therapy, attachment, self-harm, shame, working with Dissociative Identity Disorder, working creatively,
I am working towards an MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, completion in early September 2021.
As part of my Diploma training, I was required to have 40+ hours of personal therapy. I believe this has been of fundamental importance in understanding the therapeutic process and gaining insight into what it is like to receive counselling.
Alongside my Private Practice, I counsel adults for a local pregnancy and baby loss 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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am experienced in working with pregnancy and baby loss.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Fees are £40 per 60 minute session
I aim to be flexible