Debra Allonby BACP Accredited Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor & Supervisor
I am a BACP Accredited & Registered Counsellor, a qualified Supervisor and qualified Couples/Relationship Counsellor. I have 10 years' experience and am based near the centre of Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4. I provide a welcoming confidential counselling service in my Private Practice for individuals and couples.
I also provide counselling as an Associate or Approved Counsellor for organisations including several EAP, Occupational Health Providers and Insurers including BUPA and AVIVA, the Police Firearms Officers Association and Lancashire Police. I invoice these organisations directly.
INDIVIDUAL ISSUES: If you are having difficulties, you deserve help to feel better. Whether you are experiencing generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad, depression, relationship difficulties, work difficulties, unemployment, family problems, OCD, panic, bereavement, divorce, separation, low self esteem or confidence, I will work with you to help you gain clarity and understanding. We will explore ways for you to cope, gain confidence, consider any changes you would like to make and generally improve the way that you feel. This may include helping you to increase self compassion and self care.
RELATIONSHIP ISSUES: If your relationship or marriage has hit difficulties, then you can both work together with me to improve communication, find ways to safely explore issues, understand, accept and make any changes that you agree together. Whether you have experienced a loss of direction, arguments, change of feelings, betrayals, bereavement, redundancy, affairs or even separation, we can explore together in a calm, non-confrontational way that helps you both to understand each other's views and maybe experience a change of perspective. Moving forwards together with common goals is always possible, provided you both agree. I am a Person-Centred, Integrative Counsellor, which means I utilise a variety of counselling skills to specifically meet your individual needs. I am warm, friendly, supportive and experienced and will offer you complete respect, without any judgement whatsoever. You will be able to discuss whatever you choose in counselling, at your own pace, in a completely relaxed and respectful safe environment. Don't suffer in silence - make your appointment today.
INITIAL CONTACT: Please telephone, text, or contact me through my website (see all links at top of this page). We can then arrange your first appointment.
FIRST SESSION: At our first appointment, I will explain my Counselling Service, answer any of your questions and we will complete the paperwork together, which is very straightforward. You will be able to ask as many questions as you like in order to completely understand the process. We will then discuss what has brought you to counselling and identify together how you might prefer to explore your issues and what you would like to gain from the counselling sessions. These are your sessions and we will work together to find the best way forward for you.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING COUNSELLING?
I will aim to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation. I will encourage you to care for yourself and to use self compassion in order to move forwards and explore your difficulties, whilst empowering yourself and regaining control. You are free to talk about whatever you choose to at your own pace. I will listen to you carefully and respectfully, never judging, whilst supporting you and encouraging you to identify what might possibly be helping or hindering your situation. This can help you to see things much more clearly, gain clarity, find a new perspective, gain control, understanding or acceptance and to identify possible answers to your difficulties. We will work together to help you explore any changes you might wish to make, or simply to find ways of coping with your current situation. You may begin to see ways of improving your situation or just feeling differently about things. You may wish to implement significant changes. Counselling can help you feel better about yourself and about your situation. It can help you to feel empowered to make any decisions or changes you would wish to make.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING COUPLES COUNSELLING / RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
You are your partner will be able to attend sessions together in a calm, friendly, neutral environment. You will be able to explore your relationship issues, in a non-confrontational way and discuss matters and feelings which have been affecting you both, without judgment. I will help you find ways to communicate respectfully, considerately and constructively about your issues during counselling, so that you can increase mutual understanding, tolerance and compassion towards each other and become more clear about what is going on for you both. You will both be able to explore your difficulties and agree ways towards improving communication and helping you move forward together more positively.
WHAT ABOUT SUPERVISION FOR COUNSELLORS?
As a Counselling Supervisor, I work with you to help you provide the best possible safe, ethical counselling experience for your clients, whilst encouraging your own self-care and self-development. Your continued professional development is important to me and I will offer genuine warmth, kindness, care and compassion, alongside alternative viewpoints where appropriate. I aim to help you to explore any difficulties you may experience either personally or in your client work so that you feel as equipped as possible to cope with your own situations along with your clients' difficulties. Your aspirations matter and we will work closely together to help you achieve all that you want to. I am experienced in adult, couples and young people's counselling and I am also a qualified lecturer, trainer, assessor, and verifier. I hold a Diploma in Counselling and Certificates in Counselling Supervision and Couples and Relationship Counselling. I am always keen to update my own experience and qualifications and will aim to support you in every way that I possibly can. I am shortly training to become a Critical Incident Counsellor, with specialist trauma counselling.
EMPLOYERS, EAP, INSURERS AND LEGAL COUNSELLING
I provide a professional, confidential counselling service for your clients. I have experience of working with clients following road traffic accidents and other trauma. Many EAP clients may be suffering from anxiety. depression, relationship difficulties or bereavement and this may result in time off work. Counselling is known to be an effective treatment for these issues. I am based near the centre of Rawtenstall in Rossendale, BB4 with free parking and convenient for public transport. I will tailor the counselling style and frequency to meet the specific needs of your client. Your clients matter and I care. Please call me for further information. I am approved by Lancashire Police, British Firearm Officers' Association, BUPA and AVIVA and I am associated with various EAPs and Occupational Health Organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Counselling Diploma
- Registered & Accredited Member of BACP
- Cert Ed (Post Compulsory)
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
- Training in Relationship issues, ADHD, Autism, Safeguarding, Self-Harm, Drugs & Alcohol Misuse, Attachment, Crisis Management (suicide risk), Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control, Training the Trainers in Sexual Health, Mental Health Capacity, Child Development, Safeguarding
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenage Pregnancy & Teenage Parents
I have many years' experience of managing a specialist support service within teenage pregnancy - working supportively with teenage parents, pregnant teenagers and their families. Improving the outcomes socially, personally and academically for the young parents and their babies. This can be a difficult and vulnerable time for the teenager and also their own parents whilst adjusting to a new and often unexpected situation.
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£40 per 50 minute session for individuals
£50 per 50 minute session for couples
£50 per 1.5 hours of Supervision
I have experience in counselling adults with a wide range of issues and difficulties and also have considerable experience in counselling young people, in my previous role as a School and College Counsellor. I also have training and considerable experience in Couples and Relationship Counselling in addition to a Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer evening counselling sessions, for individuals and couples, including late evenings, along with my daytime sessions.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of BACP, and have a certificate in Counselling Supervision.View supervision profile