COVID 19 – thoughts from Allan

With today’s shocking news that another 569 people have sadly died of the virus in the last 24 hours alone it makes us all even more mindful that we have to take great care, be socially responsible and STAY AT HOME.

For three weeks I have been working exclusively online. I have many years experience of working online in counselling/psychotherapy and supervision and the special challenges and opportunities that online working brings. Please read my page on ONLINE SESSIONS. In it I explain in detail what is needed to get the best out of our online sessions.

I will be available to clients and professional supervisees who wish to continue working with me during what was to have been the Easter break.

My original schedule for 2019/20 is cancelled and I will now be making appointments from week to week according to events.

I will next be working on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th April.  However, all always, I will be available to clients and professional supervisees in case of crisis.

It has been widely discussed in the media that the need for social distancing and working from home will raise mental health difficulties for some people. IT is a challenge for all of us. I am especially mindful of those clients living alone and those working in our essential services who will need my support. I am also aware that my professional supervisees may need additional ongoing support at this time, especially those who are not used to working online.

Some clients working in our essential services eg nursing may need to change their appointments at short notice which means that I in turn may have to ask others to reschedule their appointments at short notice in this public healthcare emergency. I thank you in advance for being flexible at this exceptional time.

In this current public healthcare emergency, if you are concerned about fees please speak to me. And if you have any other questions please contact me.

If you have not yet experienced the Calm and Headspace Apps I  strongly recommend you try them – especially at this time.

Here is a link to a very interesting article by Yuval Harari, author of  the book Sapiens…

I will keep this page regularly updated during this rapidly changing emergency healthcare situation.

Be well, be safe, STAY AT HOME.


Thursday 2nd April, 2020

Latest testimonial

“I had an idea when I started therapy that it was quite an indulgent thing to do, that I should get in and out as quickly as possible. In fact, it became a regular meeting for around two years

A lot of the early sessions were quite emotional, I cried a lot. It helped to have someone to talk to who really listened. I think the greatest progress came after those initial sessions though, once I had let out some of the more raw emotions that I was feeling and built up trust with Allan through doing so. Allan helped me to explore assumptions about myself and other people’s opinions of me that I hadn’t even realised I had been making. Self awareness only takes you so far – having someone reflect back to you, in the safe space created by therapy, what it feels like to talk to you, to build a relationship with you, brought me far more insight that i could have found on my own.

Over time, the process of therapy greatly changed my view of myself and my approach to social situations, and a number of people close to me have commented on how much more at ease with myself I seem.”