Linlin Allen is a registered therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has a Master’s Degree with a distinction in Person-centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice from the University of Nottingham.
She has had experience working with adults and children in the UK and in Shanghai, regarding a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, existential crisis, low self-esteem, relationships (family/friend/partner), sex, puberty, personal growth, body image, cultural diversity, lgbtq+. Though she was born and raised in China, she has been living her adult life within the international community. She identifies herself as someone with a more “western” mindset, but can also understand the Asian culture. She is fluent in both English and Chinese.
Compared to some other approaches that focus more on problem solving, her therapy emphasises on the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. She offers a warm and accepting environment that is safe for exploring difficult experiences. Through these explorations, people could find themselves feeling more in touch with their authentic selves and making decisions that are true to their hearts, which, in the long run, increases their happiness in life.
Linlin believes that every person is unique, and she does not expect her clients to be any different from who they are. Her favourite quote is “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – (Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being)