About Lou Allen

I have worked in education and community-based settings for 30 years, focusing on supporting children and adults to achieve their full potential in life.

Before I qualified as a Counsellor in 2008, I worked for over twenty years as a teacher in Nursery and Primary schools in London and the South East and in Devon. As well as class teaching, I worked with parents and school staff in an advisory role. For a few years I worked in a project in South London to help break down the barriers between home and school, so that parents felt more confident to go into schools and get involved in their child's learning. My passion has always been equal opportunity and diversity, so I have a great deal of experience supporting children and adults with learning disabilities, emotional and mental health issues, race, culture and gender issues.

I worked as an Inclusive Learning Tutor from 2003 - 06, supporting children at risk of exclusion and their families, and it was this work that motivated me to train as a Counsellor.

My counselling experience has been varied and, as well as general counselling with adults at the Margaret Jackson Centre in Exeter, I have been a School Counsellor at South Dartmoor Community College, and worked with adults experiencing anxiety and depression in the NHS.

I had five years experience as a Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care in Exeter and District where I had specialist training to support bereaved adults, children and young people. In addition, I worked as a Supervisor to Cruse volunteers.

I worked as a Parent Support Advisor/Worker in Exeter and East Devon from 2010 - 2013, supporting families with a wide variety of issues. 

Professional Qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling, Iron Mill
  • Thrive Practitioner, children and teenagers
  • Dot b Mindfulness Teacher for children and teenagers 11-18
  • Paws b Mindfulness teacher for children aged 7-11
  • Certificate in Couple & Relationship Counselling
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Iron Mill College, Exeter
  • Certificate in Supervision, Cruse Bereavement
  • Post Qualification Certificate CBT, Iron Mill
  • Certificate in Counselling, Relate, Brighton
  • Certificate Neuro-Linguistic Programming, York
  • Diploma Thai Massage, Brighton
  • BEd Primary, South Bank University, London