Carolyn Priestley's Free Counselling Service MBACP Dip Couns.

Carolyn Priestley's Free Counselling Service  MBACP Dip Couns.

Swaffham
Norfolk
PE37

01760 725325 answerphone from 10 am 8pm. / 07775735686 - Calls and text until 8pm

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Swaffham
Norfolk
PE37

01760 725325 answerphone from 10 am 8pm. / 07775735686 - Calls and text until 8pm

About me

I am a Person-Centered Counsellor and I offer adults and older adults a completely Professional and Confidential Counselling Service. My aim is to enable clients to feel safe to explore personal issues of any kind. I hope that I can create a space where my clients are encouraged through our Client-Counsellor relationship to do what is right for them.

It is my hope that should you choose me as your Companion, Support Person and Therapist. We can start out together, at your pace, on your own 'Unique Journey with the aim of enabling you, (through my active demonstration of the Core Conditions and your willingness to be open to your experiences) to eventually begin to get in touch with your inner resources to start to develop strategies for experiencing a deeper relationship and understanding of yourself resulting in a process of lasting change.

Dr Carl Ransom Rogers (1902 -1987) the pioneer of the Person-Centred Approach believed that there needed to be three Core Conditions present within the therapeutic relationship. These Core Conditions are known as:-

  • Empathy  - Ability to walk in your shoes
  • Congruence - To be honest and genuine
  • Unconditional Positive Regard - To accept you as you are

What To Expect The first step is for us to arrange an initial Assessment Appointment. This appointment is for us to be able to meet each other and discus what has bought you to seek counselling and for me to answer any questions you may have. We will discus your needs and issues you want to focus on, if for any reason I am not able to give you the support you need I will help you to find someone who can.

The decision on whether we continue after this session is up to you. If you are comfortable to continue we start with booking 6 sessions. We can continue with further sessions after this, but you are under no obligation to continue if you don't want to. Counselling is about you, and you make the decisions not me.

I know what it feels like to start counselling with a stranger, so I make my sessions as welcoming and comfortable as I can.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training to become a Person-Centred Counsellor in 1998/99 with the Introduction To Counselling Skills and Theory Level 2 (Open College Network). This was followed by the Counselling Skills Certificate (University of East Anglia) in 1999/00, concluding with Counselling Training Initiative (CTI) Diploma in Counselling Level 3 awarded in June 2004 following practice completion (College of West Anglia, Kings Lynn)

My clients whom I see from my home in Swaffham as a Private and Independent Practitioner
maybe:-

  • Single Living alone/with friends, and family
  • Married/Divorced Separated.
  • Feeling Lonely,
  • Other

Who Present With Issues Such As

  • Having Anxiety
  • Being Depressed
  • Having Suicidal Thoughts/Feelings & Ideation
  • Life Transitions and How cope/or struggle.


I have completed some basic formal training in this area of Dissociative Identity Disorder and am looking to do more in the future. In 2016 I attended a Pods (Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors) Training Event which focused on Dissociative identity Disorder and Attachment. This is personal/professional area of interest and development. I have also attenfed a training event Run by Karen Amis looking at Suicide and Suicidal Ideation. I have skills in other areas too. I read books and take time for Self Care and Professional Development

My personality and disability enable me to feel that due to my life experiences I have a understanding of discrimination, equal opportunities and the importance of being non-judgmental, sympathetic and empathic to the real life situations of my clients. I have experience of using different techniques and skills to enable clients to explore feelings. I am committed to keeping my professional development up to date as required by the BACP

I am also a Member of The BACP. My membership No is 541906.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer support to individuals with disabilities and their carers family etc on any aspect of disability. Also have experience of working with MS. As well as living with Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegia.

Are you someone who finds the Christmas Holidays anything but joyful. This might be because you have lost a Husband a Wife a Brother or Sister or other relatives, You could be worried about the societal pressures placed upton you to purchase items you cant afford,  You may feel isolated and lonely and in need of someone to listen to your sense of reality, You may have grown up in an abusive home and for you Christmas was far from nice, Whatever your experiences I offer and invite you to come into a space where you can truly be yourself, and let go of what/is has been troubling you.


Networking

I am networking with Sara Lunn. Sarah is a solicitor employed by Ward Gethin Archer who have offices in Kings Lynn and Swaffham. Sarah works with couples who have children who approach her for advice and guidance to do with Separation and Divorce involving custody dilemmas and issues that require a child centred resolution. I have met with Sarah she is young and vibrant and realizes there maybe a place where Counselling could be a useful. Sarah's contact information will be given at the Assessment Appointment when we first meet


Photos & videos

  • Carolyn Louise Priestley

Fees

Free Counselling

I give my time and share my skills for free.

  • I want to use what I leant to help others. Even though the above is given free I feel this in no way changes the service being offered. I would like to spend a little time each week offering a service that gives back to others the benefits of Counselling.

Further information

I have disabled access, and work in my consulting room.

Directions given when initial contact is made.

Supervision/Supervisor

I receive Supervision from Jennie Cummings - Knight who holds an MA in Counselling.
Jennie has 9 years of Supervision experience using the Humanistic/Integrative Model.
I visit Jennie at her home on a monthly basis. She has an out door accessible space where I receive, 1.5hrs of Supervision which is in keeping and adheres to the BACP Guidelines.

Maps & Directions

Swaffham, PE37

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

M:F10;00-11.00, 11.30-12.30, 1.30.2.30, 3.00-4.00, 4.30, 5.30, 6:30.7.30. W.3.00,4.00, 4.30.530. 6.30.7.30. T10.00.11.00, 11.30.12.30.1.30.2.30 3.00. 4.00. 4.30.5.30.6.30.7.30.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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