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Joan Allen, Qualified Counsellor/Supervisor, Registered MBACP (Accredited)

Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6HB
07526 845453 07526 845453

About me

At some point in our lives, we can face difficulties and challenges. Counselling can offer the space to reflect on what you feel are the main issues in your life and this will be in the comfort of a warm, safe and caring environment. I’m a qualified and accredited counsellor who uses an integrative approach, drawing on various therapies depending on your needs.

I have experience of counselling in a wide variety of different settings including working with a local Cancer Charity, in various GP practices, as well as experience with Cruse Bereavement Care. In addition, I have a background of working for many years in the healthcare setting.

I offer flexible appointments including evening and weekend availability. The first session is offered to allow us to get to know each other and to establish a relationship which is based on trust and respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications

CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

FdSc Counselling (Integrative)- University of Ulster/NRC

Registered MBACP (accred)

I also have the following training:

  • ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • CRUSE ABC Bereavement Training
  • Understanding Self-Harm
  • Working with Victims/Survivors and Traumatic Grief
  • Anger Management

Previous Qualifications

State Registered Nurse (SRN)

BSc (Hons) Community Nursing

PG Cert Specialist Nursing Practice

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am interested in Health-related issues. I have experience working within the Healthcare Sector, especially with those affected by Cancer and Chronic Health Conditions.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Initial consultation: £35

Counselling: £35 (Discounted rates for students)
Supervision: £35 (Discounted rates for students)

Please note a counselling session usually lasts between 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Ballymena North Business & Recreation Centre
120 Cushendall Road
Ballymena
Co. Antrim
BT43 6HB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Tuesday-Thursday 9am-9pm Friday 1pm-5pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Joan Allen, Qualified Counsellor/Supervisor, Registered MBACP (Accredited)

Joan Allen, Qualified Counsellor/Supervisor, Registered MBACP (Accredited)