Sue Allen Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred), PG Dip Couns, PG DipSW.
Life can feel distressing or confusing, especially at times of stress or change. I am a calm, warm, non-judgemental and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can offer you time and support to reflect on the parts of your life which are problematic to help you to make sense of yourself and your situation.
What to Expect From your Counselling
Our work together will be exploratory and collaborative. You will find a supportive, listening space in which you can bring your problems and I will use my experience and knowledge to ask questions and offer reflections. This will assist you to think outside your usual ways of thinking and feeling to gain deeper knowledge about yourself which will help you to arrive at a different point of view on your problems.
My training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy is one in which I understand problems to be rooted in the past and the work will involve understanding the links between your past and today’s problems. The reason for this is that it is often our earliest experiences (or a trauma which alters it) which lead us to our conclusions about ourselves, the availability of others and what is possible or not possible for us in life.
So I won't offer solutions or advice. Longer-term therapy is exploratory and collaborative and the therapy relationship will be central to the work. My job is to help you to piece together the parts of your 'life map' which are feeding into your current problems so these elements become visible to you, and you have the opportunity to understand and accept yourself.
Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work and the therapy relationship can support you in this. Understanding your own process can transform how you feel and think about yourself and lead to connecting with your life in ways which are much more satisfying and rewarding.
How long we work together is an ongoing conversation throughout the counselling and decided by you depending on what you want to change and where you wish to get to with it. Some people have a specific issue which they wish to understand and short-term work can be suitable for this. Often a repeating theme or underlying process will emerge which will enable you to have a feel like you have a much better understanding of your situation.
What happens next?
You can call or text me on: 07792 427696
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Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis in Advanced Training as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) Psychotherapist.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Foundation in Family and Systemic Therapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
- BA (Hons)
I have substantial experience of helping people make positive changes to their lives. Previously, I worked as a Volunteer Counsellor with the charity St Vincents in Leeds helping people with depression, anxiety, abuse, past experiences of domestic violence, bereavement, relationship problems, parenting issues, employment issues, ill health. I also worked with the University of Leeds Mental Health Team as a Volunteer Counsellor with students, and had an established private practice in Leeds. I am now offering individual counselling and psychotherapy in Cheshire.
Before counselling and psychotherapy training I practiced for several years as a Children and Families Social Worker supporting families. I also undertook Family and Systemic training to deepen my understanding of families and relationships and then trained as a psychotherapist. I have a special interest in working with people who are divorcing, or undertaking a major re-evaluation in their lives in which the old way of doing things no longer seems to work or fit.
Registered / Accredited
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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
- Individuals: £45 per 50 mins in-person or online.
- Individuals: £35 per 50 mins telephone session (short-term counselling up to 6 sessions).
- Individuals: Some concessionary space available for keyworkers, low income and trainee counsellors (£35 per 50 min session in-person or online).
Concessions offered for
COVID19 : Due to current rising numbers of infections I am currently offering online or phone counselling only at the moment. However, I plan to resume in-person, COVID-secure sessions in a limited way again soon, using a 1:3 (one in-person/three online) ratio per month. This will enable in-person counselling to resume gradually and safely. Should you prefer online video sessions, that is also possible.
Online vs In-Person Counselling: I know that online sessions can have a very different feel to them to in-person work - we are all adjusting to this new environment. As a result, I'm offering a free online 20-minute consultation so that we can get a feel for how it is together and assess if this is the best match and therapy type for you.
Next Step: the best thing to do is to contact me by text or email in the first instance, and we can arrange an appointment time for the free 20-minute online consultation. Once we have had that, we can take it from there.
Location: In-person work is located at Winnington Hall near Northwich. There is plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from J10 M56 and is accessible by bus.