Joan Allen

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Qualified Counsellor/Supervisor, Registered MBACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

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Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6HB
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am qualified and accredited counsellor with many years of experience, offering sessions for both individuals and couples. 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 use 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 for Relate, Inspire Wellbeing, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, 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 as a nurse.

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 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling (RELATE NI)

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

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am interested in working with individuals and couples with a wide variety of different issues. I have trained in relationship counselling with Relate and this is an area I am particularly interested in working in. I also have experience working within the Healthcare Sector, especially with those affected by Cancer and Chronic Health Conditions.


£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students

Additional information

Counselling: £35 (Discounted rates for students)
Supervision: £40 (Discounted rates for students)

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

When I work

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

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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Joan Allen
Joan Allen