Mrs Joan Allen

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS15-02630

Location: BALLYMENA

At some point in our lives, we can face difficulties and challenges. Counselling can offer the space to reflect on what you feel are the main issues in your life and this will be in the comfort of a warm, safe and caring environment. I’m a qualified and accredited counsellor who uses an integrative approach, drawing on various therapies depending on your needs.

I have experience of counselling in a wide variety of different settings including working with a local Cancer Charity, in various GP practices, as well as experience with Cruse Bereavement Care. In addition, I have a background of working for many years in the healthcare setting.

I offer flexible appointments including evening and weekend availability. The first session is offered to allow us to get to know each other and to establish a relationship which is based on trust and respect.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Counselling Qualifications

    CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

    CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    FdSc Counselling (Integrative)- University of Ulster/NRC

    Registered MBACP (accred)

    I also have the following training:

    ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
    Mental Health First Aid
    CRUSE ABC Bereavement Training
    Understanding Self-Harm
    Working with Victims/Survivors and Traumatic Grief
    Anger Management
    Previous Qualifications

    State Registered Nurse (SRN)

    BSc (Hons) Community Nursing

    PG Cert Specialist Nursing Practice
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Eating disorders
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Phobias
    • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Spirituality
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
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