Sue Allen

Sue Allen

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Phone number
0779 242 7696

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Therapist - Harrogate

Harrogate HG1
0779 242 7696
Sessions from £60.00



Next Step: Contact me by text or email in the first instance, and we can arrange an appointment time for a free 15-minute video or phone consultation. We can take it from there.

I have some online appointment availability during the week,  and in person availability on Fridays in Wetherby and Tuesdays or Thursdays in Harrogate..

About me and my therapy practice

Life can be distressing or confusing at times especially during stress or change. I am a calm, warm, non-judgemental and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can offer you time and support to reflect on the parts of your life which are difficult to make sense of.

Our work together will be exploratory and collaborative. You will find a supportive, listening space in which you can bring what’s troubling you and I will use my experience and knowledge to ask questions and offer reflections. This will help you to think outside your usual ways of thinking and feeling to gain deeper knowledge about yourself which will help you find a different point of view on your problems.

Sometimes in the work, we can use creative materials to help you to find ways to put into words some of the harder to express feelings. This might involve using story cards or other art materials. We would only use these with your agreement and if it felt that it might be useful.  In the work, we might also use Transactional Analysis psychotherapy models such as the Drama Triangle,  Life positions and Transactions which often really help to get an understanding of yourself and your problems and are a model for change.  I also bring training in Family and Systemic Therapy and body psychotherapy approaches to assist in the work.

Practice description

I work with adult individuals in-person and online(Zoom).

My primary training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy 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 today’s problems. The reason for this is that it is often our earliest experiences (or trauma which alters it) which lead us to our conclusions about ourselves, the availability of others and what is possible or not possible for us in life.

So I won't offer solutions or advice. If you require longer-term work, the therapy will be exploratory and collaborative, and the therapy relationship will be central to the work. My job is to help you to piece together the parts of your 'life map' which are feeding into your current problems so these elements become more visible to you, and therefore more accessible to change.

Sometimes painful buried feelings can emerge in the work and the therapy relationship can support you in this.  We can look at ways for you to be able to manage what your feel.  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.

My first session

It’s not unusual for people to feel uncertain, wary or anxious about a first session. It can feel dauting to talk to a stranger about the issues which may have been troubling you for a while, raising uncertainties about how you might put it into words or a fear of being judged. You may also feel uncertain about how it will work and what to expect. But don’t forget that I am here to help you express what the problem is and will help you through the process.

The inital 15 minute session will give you an idea as to whether we can work together and the first session will also be an opportunity to get a feel for this approach to therapy. You might have some questions you want to ask. Some people write a list to remind them of what they want to talk about and for others, having a space to talk is helpful. There’s no ‘right way’ to do it. I will also be asking questions and getting a sense of what you need and what you’re looking for and assessing with you what is the best fit for you.

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. Some people have a specific issue which they wish to understand and short-term work can be suitable for this. Often a repeating theme or underlying process will emerge which will enable you to have a feel like you have a much better understanding of your situation.

For others, having the opportunity to be open ended about the therapy is helpful as it’s not always clear at the beginning of therapy what the core underlying issue is which takes time to emerge in the sessions.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Child related issues, Depression, Loss, Personal development, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited