Nikki Allen

Nikki Allen


Registered Member MBACP

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Phone number
07793018381

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Therapist - London

London N14
07793018381
Sessions from £70.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

My private practice is now full, but I expect to be able to offer sessions to new clients from the end of September 2021. Please get in touch with me if you'd like to book an initial call and be added to my waiting list. 

About me and my therapy practice

Having relationships with yourself and other people is at the heart of what it means to be human - and if these relationships aren't going well or are causing you pain, you might need some support.

Acknowledging that you're struggling in your relationships, or that you're feeling lost, anxious or sad, isn't easy to do. But if you're ready to take that step, I'm here to walk alongside you.

About me

I’m a warm, down-to-earth and compassionate therapist using a practical, evidence-based approach to support my clients. While I can offer help in many areas, I have special interest and experience in working with addiction issues, dysfunctional or painful relationships, healing from childhood trauma and shame, anxiety and maternal mental health.

Over the last few years I have worked with clients with anxiety, depression, OCD, intrusive and obsessive thoughts, codependency, trauma, shame, addiction, eating disorders, relationship issues, low self-esteem, body image issues and bereavements, amongst other issues.

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

I draw on evidence to inform my approach, and I keep things practical
I look for evidence-based tools, techniques and suggestions to offer my clients. That means that I use things that have been shown through research and evidence to help make a difference to people's lives. This includes, but isn't limited to, approaches like CBT and mindfulness practices.

I'm a writer as well as a therapist, and I offer practical writing tools to my clients, such as worksheets and writing/journaling exercises that you can work on between sessions, if you want to. I find this can be helpful for noticing and processing thoughts and feelings.

I have further specialist training and experience in the following areas:

  • Addiction and recovery from addiction, including the 12-step approach
  • Codependence recovery, based on the models and five symptoms set out by Pia Mellody
  • Relationship issues and their roots in childhood/'attachment styles'
  • Healing shame and trauma
  • Maternal mental health: pregnancy loss, birth trauma and postnatal issues.

How long does therapy last?
I work both long-term and short-term with clients. 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 over Zoom, face-to-face in Southgate N14 and at Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy in London, N12. 

Here are some further issues I can help with:

- Addictions, addiction recovery and codependency

- Relationship issues, including romantic partnerships

- Sex and sexuality in relationships

- Love/fantasy addiction and obsession

- Low self-esteem

- Body image

- Setting/holding boundaries

- Depression, anxiety and panic attacks

- OCD and intrusive thoughts

- Loss and bereavement.

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

Therapist - London

London N12
07793018381
Sessions from £70.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

My private practice is now full, but I expect to be able to offer sessions to new clients from the end of September 2021. Please get in touch to book an initial call if you'd like to be added to my waiting list. 

About me and my therapy practice

Having relationships with yourself and others is at the heart of being human - and if these relationships aren't working or are causing you pain, you might need support.

Acknowledging that you're struggling, or that you're feeling lost, anxious or sad, isn't easy to do. But if you're ready to take that step, I'm here to walk alongside you.

About me
I’m a warm, down-to-earth, compassionate therapist using a practical, evidence-based approach. While I offer help in many areas, I have special experience working with addiction issues, dysfunctional relationships, trauma, anxiety and shame.

I also work with people with depression, OCD, intrusive and obsessive thoughts, codependency, eating disorders, relationship issues, low self-esteem, body image issues and bereavements.

I draw on evidence and keep things practical
I look for evidence-based tools to offer clients. That means I use things that have been shown through research to make a difference. This includes, but isn't limited to, CBT and mindfulness practices.

I'm a writer as well as a therapist, and offer practical writing tools to my clients, such as worksheets and journaling exercises to work on between sessions, if you want. I find this can be helpful for noticing and processing thoughts and feelings.

My qualifications:

  • 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
Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy
Transactional Analysis. 

Practice description

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

•  Humanistic means I believe you already have the resources you need within you to create change. My job is to create a safe, supportive space where you can explore yourself and your feelings, working towards your own growth and healing.

•  Integrative means I’m trained to use a range of approaches, tools and techniques and adapt these to suit my clients. For example, I might draw on CBT tools, mindfulness and compassion-based techniques to support you. Or if you're dealing with painful relationships and codependency, I'll draw on Pia Mellody's dedicated treatment plans with accompanying workbooks and resources, if you're open to them.

•  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 why people come to therapy. So creating a positive relationship between me and my client, is at the heart of our work together.

Here are some of the issues I can help with:

- Addictions, recovery and codependency

- Relationship issues

- Sex and sexuality

- Love/fantasy addiction and obsession

- Low self-esteem

- Body image

- Boundaries

- Depression and anxiety

- Panic attacks

- OCD and intrusive thoughts

- Loss and bereavement

- Postnatal mental health

How long does therapy last?
I work long-term and short-term with clients. 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. 

My first session

What happens in our first session?

Before arranging our first session, I offer an initial free 15-minute call to make sure we're a good fit. There is absolutely no pressure to continue working with me after this call.

If we go ahead with therapy, 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.

What I can help with

Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, 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