Val Allen BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist
I have worked for 25 years as a psychotherapist and counsellor, and for 15 years as a counsellor 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.
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
My office is situated on the ground floor and has disabled access.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays only, 10am - 6pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervisor of individuals and groups.View supervision profile