Nikki Allen

Nikki Allen


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07793018381

Contact Nikki

Therapist - London

London N14
07793018381
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I see clients face-to-face in North London on Tuesday afternoons, and at other days and times over Zoom. Email or text me using the contact details below to find out what times and days I have available.

About me and my therapy practice

Welcome

I’m a warm, friendly, down-to-earth and compassionate therapist, offering sessions remotely and face-to-face in North London.

I specialise in working with women who have difficulties in their relationships, issues with codependency and addiction, and maternal mental health. 

About me

I’m a humanistic integrative therapist, and I work relationally. Here’s what that means:

Humanistic means that I believe my clients already have everything they need within themselves to create change. My role is to create a safe, supportive space through my relationship with you, where you can explore yourself and your feelings, working towards your own personal growth.

Integrative means that I’m trained to use a range of different approaches, tools and techniques and I work flexibly to meet your individual needs.

Relational means I believe that relationships – both with others and with yourself – are at the core of what it means to be human, and difficulties in them are often the root cause for people coming into counselling. So creating a strong, healthy, positive relationship between me and my client is at the heart of our work.

My qualifications and experience:

  • Two-year BACP-accredited Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD (2020-2021)
  • Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, CPPD (2013)
  • PG Diploma in Psychology, University of East London (2010)
  • BA in Modern Languages, University College London (2005)
  • Short courses in:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Neuroscience, Attachment and therapeutic Alliance
    • Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics
    • Time Limited Counselling
    • The ‘Alchemy of Relationships’
    • Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy
    • Transactional Analysis. 

Practice description

How does therapy work?

Counselling is a talking treatment that aims to give you, my client, the opportunity to explore your personal issues and feelings in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting.

This might include talking about life events, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and behaviour patterns, but there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ topic to bring to sessions.

How long does it last?

I work both long-term and short-term with clients, from brief therapy lasting 6-8 weeks to open-ended sessions continuing for more than a year. We can decide together how long our work will last and review this regularly.

Where and when does it take place?

Sessions last 50 minutes and I work both over Zoom or at Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy in London, N12. I work from Aashna on Tuesday afternoons and have other times and days available remotely.

Here are some of the issues I can help with:

- Addictions and addiction recovery

- Codependency

- Relationship issues, including romantic partnerships

- Sex and sexuality in relationships

- Love/fantasy addiction and obsession, or 'limerance'

- Low self-esteem

- Body image

- Fear of intimacy

- Setting and holding boundaries

- Depression

- Anxiety

- Panic attacks

- OCD and intrusive thoughts

- Loss and bereavement

- Miscarriage

- Postnatal depression and anxiety

My first session

Before we have our first session together, I offer a 10-15 minute phone call, at no charge, to check if we're a good fit.

Our first session is an ‘assessment’ session where we will talk through our contract, and I will ask you some questions so I can gather more detailed information about you, your background and history, and why you’d like counselling at the moment.

We’ll also discuss what you’d like to take away from counselling and agree a time to ‘check in’ and review how our work is going.

From the first time we meet, I aim to create a safe, nurturing space where you will feel free to say whatever is in your mind and heart, without judgment. 

We will then talk about your 'goals' and hopes for therapy, and I'll ask you some more general questions about your background and current situation. This is to help me create a fuller picture of who you are and how I can best support you. 

What I can help with

Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Eclectic, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

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