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About me

Hi, I'm Vicki, I'm a Person Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Why do I constantly over-think what I said earlier today? Last week? Last year?! When is it okay to say no? Why do I sometimes zone out and simply can’t even speak up for what I need? How do I stop regretting the past and worrying about the future?

These are questions my clients come to me with, clients that I can help! I won’t pretend I can answer them for you, but I will accompany you, and help you gently explore your questions, and the pain behind them.

In my experience, we generally need a bit of time and space to air our feelings, our stuckness, our chaotic inner experiences with all their pain and uncertainty. I can sit with that uncertainty and pain, and explore it with you very gently.

I bring my whole self to each session with a client. This includes the pragmatic problem solving engineer in me, as well as the deep empathy I have developed over the years through the healing restorative work I've done in collaboration in my own therapy, by gently and compassionately exploring hurts and trauma.

The pain can be particularly raw if you’ve been using an addictive substance/behaviour to numb it out.   Or if you’re dealing with someone else’s addiction, and find it hard to know and apply appropriate boundaries.

I’m also familiar with 12-step programmes, and exploring the underlying feelings (and sometimes overwhelming emotions) can help strengthen your recovery.

Getting started.

It's absolutely vital that you have a good and trusting relationship with your therapist, so I offer a free 50 minute online session (via Zoom or similar) to give you the opportunity to see if you feel I'm a good fit for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member MBACP
  • MSc Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

- Codependency
- Boundary Issues
- Over-working/Work Addiction

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Your first session is free.

Thereafter, sessions are £45.

If you are facing financial difficulties at the moment, talk to me and let's see if we can find an amount that would work for both of us.

During lockdown.

I'm open to creative approaches to working together! For example, meeting outdoors,  standing or walking somewhere reasonably secluded, where you can feel safe to talk about important stuff. If this is of interest, please get in touch.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Essential Therapies
48 Berkeley Street
G3 7DS

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I currently have availability on weekdays.

I also offer sessions on Saturday mornings.

Please do get in touch to check my availability.

Types of client

Older adults


Vicki Allen ~ Anxiety & Addictions. MBACP, MSc. Person Centred Counselling.

Vicki Allen ~ Anxiety & Addictions. MBACP, MSc. Person Centred Counselling.