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Allison Hartman

BSc Counselling & Pychotherapy

Individual counselling

Young people counselling (14+)

Individual Therapy

Life seldom goes along without the occasional challenge; however, challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming.  The choices you make, or indeed those missed opportunities, can leave you feeling despondent.  If your daily life is being affected by your thoughts and feelings and you want to change this, counselling can help.

Bereavement, relationship breakdown or problems at work can lead to stress, anxiety and depression which can leave you feeling down and unable to function.  Negative thoughts and overthinking can impact your ability to make even simple decisions, often causing you to question everything you do.  Sometimes, your own resilience is not enough, but exploring your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment can be the first step to recovery.

I offer a person-centred approach which involves listening to you, thinking together, sharing ideas, and giving feedback without any judgement, helping you to make the decisions which relate to your life.You will not be told what to do, but encouraged to talk openly and honestly in a relaxed and safe environment about the issues which have brought you to counselling.

Young People aged 14+

If you are feeling sad, angry or confused about something, talking things through with someone can really help make sense of what is troubling you.  You can talk about anything - It might be exam worries, problems at home or school, bullying, boyfriend/girlfriend trouble, loss of a loved one. You won’t be told what to do, criticised or judged in any way. It is about helping you to help yourself.  Counselling is confidential.  No one will know what you talk about unless you want them to or you disclose something that is unsafe or could put you in danger or harm you.  If you are under 18 you will have to have the agreement of your parent or carer to attend counselling. You would be seen on your own for up to 60 minutes depending upon your emotional wellbeing.

Information for Parents/Carers

Young people will have to have the agreement of their parent or carer to attend counselling. You would both be required to attend the meet and greet session but thereafter the young person would be seen on their own.  If during a session your child is becoming too emotionally overwhelmed and I feel continuing with that session would not be beneficial to them or compromise their well-being it may be necessary to end that particular session early.  A three-way contract will be agreed and confidentiality discussed in the meet and greet session.

Prior to offering counselling in private practice, I supported young people in an educational setting (Pupil Referral Unit).  Often young people attending the PRU have complex issues with other services involvement.  

Qualifications & Training


BACP accreditation - ongoing

BSc First Class Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Theoretical Studies)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Professional Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Safeguarding Training (Level 2)

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