Dr Rachel M Allan
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Hello and welcome. I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and EMDR Accredited Practitioner, with fifteen years' experience as a therapist working with individuals and couples. I am also a BPS RAPPS-listed supervisor, and provide supervision for Practitioner Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and Counsellors. The title Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
What to expect
As a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, I am able to draw on a number of different therapeutic approaches to provide an intervention that suits you and supports you to meet your goals. I provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore your difficulties. I will work with you to come up with a treatment plan, unique to you, that meets your needs and helps you move forward in your life.
After you make contact with me, we can arrange a first assessment session together. All my therapeutic work takes place online, via Zoom.
When we meet for the first time, we will spend some time looking at your difficulties, and I will assess what approach is likely to be suitable for you at that time. From there, we will decide together how to proceed.
Why a Counselling Psychologist?
Counselling Psychology is a branch of Professional Psychology which specialises in providing effective, evidence-based psychological interventions, specific to you, in a compassionate and sensitive way. When working with a Counselling Psychologist, the work will follow your lead, and aim to empower you to reach your goals, and to thrive. A Counselling Psychologist will be themselves with you, and meet you in a warm, human and professional way. This includes recognising the uniqueness of your difficulties and circumstances without ever seeking to diagnose or tell you there is something 'wrong' with you. As a Counselling Psychologist, my professional values include promoting hope, meaning, understanding, growth and, most of all, recovery.
A bit about me
I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist in the NHS and in private practice for a number of years. I am experienced in helping clients who are struggling with a range of difficulties, including depression and feeling sad, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, phobias, OCD, relationship issues, low self-esteem, family issues, and PTSD. I specialise in helping clients move forward from traumatic events (recent or historic) using effective, evidence-based approaches.
I have worked extensively with people living with various long-term effects of childhood adversity and trauma. I am an Accredited Practitioner Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an innovative and effective clinical treatment for difficulties arising from traumatic events. Accredited Practitioner level means I am recognised as a trustworthy and competent practitioner in EMDR. I would be pleased to provide further information on this approach when we meet, and to consider whether this approach might be suitable for you. I welcome clients from all backgrounds.
I have completed extensive training in supervision and am particularly interested in working with colleagues who are working towards qualification or professional accreditation. I enjoy providing individual supervision to qualified Psychologists working in various settings, and working with small supervision groups.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, trained in Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am an EMDR UK Accredited Practitioner in EMDR therapy. The title Accredited Practitioner signifies trustworthiness and experience in delivering EMDR.
Prior to my doctorate in Counselling Psychology, I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Over the last fifteen years, I have worked in a number of services, including specialist services for psychosis, and for survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.
I am Registered with the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors, which is designed to recognise psychologists with special expertise in supervision.
In addition to private practice, I hold roles in the NHS, and as a trainer and assessor of trainee Counselling Psychologists.
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University, 2010)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Strathclyde, 2007)
MA Honours (First Class) Psychology (University of Glasgow, 2006)
HCPC Practitioner Psychologist
BPS Chartered Member
BPS RAPPS Registered
EMDR UK Accredited Practitioner
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Services are offered online, via Zoom.