Carey Dent, MA. UKCP Registered
Primrose Hill, Belsize Park
020 7722 9565 / 07808 296 838
"Why do I keep repeating these patterns?" "Why am I unhappy?" Do you ask yourself such questions? If so, you are not alone. By understanding what motivates you or keeps you trapped, you can begin to make sense of what is happening in your life.
You might not want to burden close friends or relatives with your difficulties; you may feel too ashamed, or fear being judged. Yet it can be daunting to contact a stranger. But I believe we all struggle at some point in our lives, and I am here to help.
You might seek therapy for many reasons. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by your emotions. Perhaps you feel angry, depressed, lonely or stuck. You might have suffered bereavement, or some other loss.
Come and meet me for an initial consultation. This is for you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you, and for me to figure out whether I may be able to help you. It may be important for you to meet a number of counsellors or psychotherapists before you make a decision. .
How I work.
I am an experienced, fully-qualified psychotherapist and counsellor. I also specialise in EMDR (please see below). I have worked for over 18 years with people from different backgrounds and with different needs; who suffer from depression, anxiety, bereavement; who have difficulties with managing anger, are scared of making changes or are struggling with relationships or lack of them. These are just a few of the reasons people have come to me for help.
No one approach to therapy is right for everyone. I have trained in a number of therapeutic models, and am sensitive to the needs of each person.
I provide short-term counselling where we would focus on an achievable aim. This might involve finding ways to deal with anger, panic attacks, anxiety, or relationship issues.
I also provide longer-term therapy, where we would have time to look at your issues in more depth. We may need to explore your past to understand the context of your present concerns. By doing this we can begin to see the strategies you have developed to deal with your difficulties. Sometimes these strategies, invisible to you yet effective at the time, can stand in the way of your progress.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy) was developed to treat people who have suffered some kind of trauma. This may have been a single incident, such as a car accident, or repeated experiences from childhood such as bullying or sexual abuse.
EMDR therapy is now used to relieve many disturbances such as phobias, panic attacks, obsessive thinking and addictions. It is recognised as a fast approach to bringing about lasting change. The focus of EMDR is not on analysing symptoms, nor on learning to manage them, but on removing a person’s vulnerability to whatever triggers the symptoms.
Depending on what brings you to therapy, I can work with you using EMDR alone, or we can decide to integrate EMDR with a more traditional ‘talking and exploring’ therapy.
For more information on EMDR, please see the following links:
We would work from a quiet, comfortable room where you can speak openly about whatever is on your mind.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please see below for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is integrative, which means I have been influenced and inspired by a number of schools of therapy (psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)).
I did my foundation, and my diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, at Regents College, London, where I also did my Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy. I graduated in 1998.
I trained in Time-Limited Psychotherapy at Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
I gained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2012.
I completed my training in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprossessing) in 2009. This is a technique which has proven very effective in working with trauma and many other disorders such as panic attacks and phobias.
Alongside my private practice, I have worked in different settings: with university students, in women’s centres and in my continuing work with refugees. I also speak fluent French and have worked with people from many French-speaking countries.
I began working as a therapist in 1996 and in 2001 joined the Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling in Camden (APCC).
I am both UKCP and BACP registered. I am fully insured. I am bilingual (French and English).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£35.00 for initial consultation.
£70.00 per 50 minute session.
I have some vacancies for a reduced fee for those who cannot afford the full fee.
My consulting room is around a seven minute walk from Chalk Farm tube, and between ten and fifteen minutes from Swiss Cottage tube.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|