Sue Allen PG Dip.Couns., BA(Hons), DipSW., MBACP (Accred)
Hello, I hope you're able to get a sense of how I work from my profile and if you would like to find out a bit more or have any questions, do contact me and we can arrange an initial phone call.
I became a therapist as a result of my own journey: it was the idea that we can be the author of our own lives which inspired me. Therapy offers a quiet, calm, non judgemental space where there is time and support to reflect on aspects of your life which are puzzling, distressing or confusing. You will be able to gain greater self-knowledge and potentially become more comfortable with who you are.
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 normal habitual ways of thinking and feeling about yourself and gain deeper self knowledge and feel much more grounded in yourself.
My training 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 your here and now problems. I won't offer solutions. The therapy is exploratory and collaborative. The therapeutic relationship is central to the work and will enable you to explore how you are in relationships with a knowledgeable and safe companion. My job instead 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 and therefore integrated into who you are.
This is both a supportive process and a challenging one too. Often there's a repeating pattern or key theme, which, once identified, can then be put into words and then reconsidered. Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work which you can then reflect on in a different way. 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.
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. I worked as a Volunteer Counsellor with St Vincent’s in Leeds helping people with a broad range of issues. I also worked with the University of Leeds Mental Health Team as a Volunteer Counsellor with students, and I now work in private practice in central Leeds offering individual counselling and psychotherapy.
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
£55 per hour (individuals)
£65 per hour (couples)
I am an Accredited Member of BACP.
I work with adults over 18yrs old only.