Val Allen BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist
I have worked for 30 years as a psychotherapist and counsellor, and for 20 years as a counselling supervisor. I work as an independent practitioner, as well as in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. I work with a broad range of people and offer both brief and long term therapy. I supervise both trainee and experienced counsellors, individually and in groups.
I work face to face and offer phone counselling when this is not possible.
My work is based in Person-Centred theory, informed by many other approaches; I have completed training in EMDR, and Somatic Trauma Therapy, as well as CBT and Ericksonian, and would describe my approach as Integrative.
I work extensively with issues of trauma, in particular, PTSD, domestic abuse, childhood trauma, self harm and eating disorders, and deliver training with regard to these issues.
I also offer stress management, relaxation techniques, anger management and assertiveness skills, as well as general counselling for depression, anxiety disorders and relationship difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist and UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.
Professional Qualifications include:
Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate (2007)
EMDR Certificate (2006/7)
Certificate in Dynamics of Group Supervision (2003) and Creative Group Supervision (1998)
Certificate in Brief Work for Person Centred Practitioners (2001)
Certificate in Trauma and PTSD (1999)
Certificate in Counsellor Supervision (1998)
Certificate in Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (1990)
Diploma in Psychotherapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy (1984)
BA Honours Degree Philosophy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood trauma, historic abuse
I offer a sliding scale according to clients income and circumstances.
Fees range from £25 to £60 per hourly session for counselling and psychotherapy. Reduced rates apply to unwaged, low waged and students.
Supervision fees range from £25 to £60 per hour. Reduced rates apply to trainees and counsellors working in the voluntary sector.
I offer concessionary rates to key workers
Concessions offered for
My office is situated on the ground floor and has disabled access.