Rachel Allen. Counsellor, Supervisor & CYP Supervision
Down-to-earth, approachable and non-judgemental, I will aim to develop a safe and supportive relationship with you where you feel able to talk about any difficulties you are experiencing and to be yourself.
I use an integrative counselling approach which has a basis in humanistic/person centred practice. This is informed by other theories and approaches such as attachment and family systems theory. I take a compassionate view of the struggles and difficulties that we can all face in life.
I am qualified to work with adults, children and young people and have worked with clients from aged 6 to 80. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) family and parent/child relationships, parenting (from newborn onwards), bereavement and loss, neglect and/or abuse in childhood, addiction and its effects on family members, creative blocks, living with uncertainty and life-threatening illness.
I enjoy taking a creative approach to therapy, when appropriate. Creative approaches can really help when it is hard to find the words that fit with what you are experiencing. This can be particularly helpful for children and young people (see below).
A word about counselling for children: children and sometimes adolescents do not always find it easy to put their feelings and thoughts into words. Often it’s their behaviour that communicates that something is wrong. A counselling relationship gives them the opportunity to find a means of expressing themselves that is appropriate to their age and developmental stage, in a safe and confidential space. This could be by using art, puppets, drama, stories, sandtrays and play, as well as or instead of the more usual talking type of therapy.
If you are interested in counselling for your child, please contact me for more information and to have an initial discussion.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2008 and have worked as a counsellor in several agencies, including a drug and alcohol service and Relate. Since 2012 I have worked with children, young people and families in schools and community settings as a counsellor, supervisor and counselling project manager. This has included working in 10 schools, both primary and secondary, in England and Wales.
I lecture part-time on a Foundation Degree in Counselling and have also lectured in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2008
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People 2012
Post Graduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision (distinction) 2020
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1 (Dr Dan Hughes)
I have also studied couple and family therapy at Masters level.
Other trainings include: Transactional Analysis (TA 101), Solution Focussed Therapy, Sandtray Therapy
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In the first session we would discuss what has brought you to counselling and how I work, which would help you decided if I am the right person for you to work with. If you are looking for counselling for your child, please contact me to arrange an initial session. Depending on the age of your child this may be with you as parent/carer or you and your child together,
Sessions are 50 minutes and I charge £45 per session.
Some concessionary rates for students and single parents are available by negotiation.
Payment can be by bank transfer, cash or Paypal.
I have a practice room at home in BS7. This is located close to Gloucester Road and bus stops are nearby. There is no waiting area inside, so it would be important for you to arrive at your session time.