Patricia Allen MBACP (Accred). COSRT, UKRCP Reg Psychotherapist. PGCE
I am an Accredited Registered Psychotherapist,
Qualified Counselling Supervisor
Senior lecturer in Counselling Studies
I have 12 years experience and over 10,000 hours supervised clinical practice working with teens, adults, couples & families.
I am a general Member of COSRT - The College of Sexual and Relationship therapy & currently
I am an accredited member of BACP – British association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I run a private practice from my home in Bebington on the Wirral. I do provide home visits which carries an additional cost.
My experience includes,
4 years experience Primary Care Counsellor within the NHS
6 years experience working with Employer Assisted programmes including critical incident response work.
10 years experience in Family support and Outreach services.
10 years experience as a Lecturer in Counselling studies
14 years experience in education and training around mental health and wellbeing
I have spent much of my career working in the supporting field, in a range of different roles. I have a passion about the well being of people. My model is broadly humanistic and integrative. I also practise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy & Psychosexual therapies. I believe that the therapeutic alliance and developing a trusting relationship with a counsellor is key to helping any person to grow and make positive changes for themselves. Over the years, providing therapy to individuals & families, I have developed a compassionate interest in relationship and intimacy issues and have undergone further training in this field. My recent studies reflect this.
I believe that education is a factor in all of our wellbeing & personal development and that learning about yourself, and the human condition in general terms can be empowering to both individuals and couples, and can help them to meet their fullest potential. Historically I worked in Family support, where I led parenting programmes for struggling families with young children, then later in my career I returned to the family support arena as a therapist, this time I began working with the self esteem and confidence issues that interfered with parenting ability. The focus was around an assumption that happier parents make for happier children and families. I found this work very rewarding.
Alongside this, I was a Lead Trainer for West Wirral Step 2 mental health for the NHS . I devised and delivered a range of psycho-educational programmes for adults with mental health issues. The focus was to improve access to psychological services across the Wirral. I was able to support patients with coping strategies & emotional support whilst they were on waiting lists for NHS therapy. I worked with issues such as low self esteem, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders etc.
Currently I am a Senior lecturer at a Further Educational College where I teach on a range of different Counselling and CBT programmes up to qualification Level 5. It feels good to educate & support others who, like me, have a passion for helping others.
Please feel free to call me to discuss your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Psychosexual Therapy -Current – University of Lancaster (UCLan)
Post Grad Certificate Psychosexual Therapy – UCLan
Post Grad Certificate in Counselling studies – University of Chester
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training – Manchester Metropolitan University
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (Level 5) (CPCAB)
Level 5 Award in Management - Institute of Leadership & Management
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals - £40 per 50 min session
Couples - £60 per 50 min session
Counselling Supervision Sessions
Individuals £60 per 90 minute session or £40 per hour
Group Supervision rate £80 per hour (Max 4 therapists)
Special interests include;
Psychosexual problems include sexual performance issues such as erectile disorders, vaginismus, pain during sex, intimacy issues, arousal disorders etc
Relationship Therapy, including diverse sexual lifestyles
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments on the following; Monday 9am - 7pm Tues 6-8pm Thursday 4-8pm Saturday 9-1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision facilitates the supervisee’s (The Counsellor/Therapist’s) own explorations and development of their way of practice through a relational way of working. I offer a conceptual model of supervision which provides a container where the supervisee can be supported, validated, inspired and challenged in order to promote growth. It is also an arena providing the teaching of skills and theory, providing models and understanding.