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About me

Hello! My name is Maria Allen thank you for taking a look at my profile. I am a qualified, professional Integrative Counsellor.  Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

During the corona-virus pandemic

Presently I am working online WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and telephone, to keep you safe and support those experiencing anxious thoughts throughout this uncertain period.  I offer a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and caring space to help you explore the issues and difficulties you may be experiencing at present. I work with adolescents and adults and always seek to tailor therapy to best suit you as an individual.

I can provide short and longer-term therapy which we can discuss and agree at the initial assessment session and reviewed regularly throughout our work together.

My Experience

I have undertaken both voluntary and permanent roles, working within drug and alcohol rehabilitation. This has included settings within education, working with adolescents, a medium secure unit and forensic unit working with complex mental health issues, as well as the Employees Assistance Programme

I have helped people with addictions, anxiety and stress, depression, relationship breakdown , family or relationship difficulties, bereavement, low self esteem, work related stress including bullying, major life changes and feeling unable to cope, and many other issues.

As a Counsellor, I am committed to and bound by the BACP’s ethical framework for the Counselling professions. Benefits of the framework and a therapist’s commitment to it, is to give people confidence that the therapist they are working with is accountable to a professional body and can provide a safe therapeutic space.

I am fully insured, have ongoing clinical supervision and regularly attend courses and further training to enhance my knowledge and professionalism with Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 2 Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • MBACP

CPD training in the following

  • Boundaries & Confidentiality
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Substance Misuse Training
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Safeguarding
  • Working with Service Users
  • LGBT Substance Misuse

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

I offer a free 15 minute consultation on the telephone, if you wish to continue the price is as follows:

£50 for a 50 minute session

£55 after 6pm

Fees are payable at the beginning of each session, or in advance by cash, bank transfer or cheque.

Concessions offered for

  • Students

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 Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Maria Allen MBACP Dip.CPCAB

Maria Allen MBACP Dip.CPCAB