Carole A Dunkley MBACP Registered, Dip.Couns. Qualified Supervisor Accred NCP
Welcome, if you have found your way to this site you have already made the biggest step in your own healing & self understanding, approaching therapy can feel like a daunting & confusing prospect. Many have experienced times when life just seems too much or too difficult, do you struggle with feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness and despair, how to cope? I am here to listen to you, to empathize and help resolve the difficulties you are experiencing right now, which have led you to this site; I won't tell you what to do, nor give you advice, instead, help you to find your own pathway to change. Choosing a therapist isn't easy, so why choose me - In my profile below I aim to give you some idea about my ways of working as a Therapist.
I am a fully qualified, registered and experienced Counsellor / Psychotherapist, offering a professional and confidential service, with over 15 years experience working as a professional. I work from an Integrative perspective, meaning that my main theoretical models are Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt and Psychoanalytic; enabling me to work with each person individually to match the type of counselling to their particular needs, an integration of both therapies and techniques along with personal life experience. I believe that each person is a unique individual, taking a holistic view on how a person thinks and feels, physically, emotionally and psychologically. I have worked with many different issues life presents with people experiencing both personal and emotional difficulties; enabling the person to become more aware of themselves,taking into account their mind, body and spirit. I feel that clients find this empathic, genuine and understanding approach extremely supportive and beneficial. My approach is integrative, which means I use a variety of models, for example, if you would like to work in a creative way beyond simply talking I can facilitate this - You may want to bring drawings, photographs, dreams, poetry and music to sessions if this is helpful to you, we express ourselves in many different ways.
I seek to provide a safe space for clients to explore their problems or relationships; providing a safe space 'to be heard', without judgement and at your own pace, in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. These sessions are about you, how you would like to use the session and that you are happy for us to work together, counselling is not about giving advice, a counsellor is trained to help you arrive at your own informed decisions and find your own answers. This is a collaborative process in which both client and counsellor work together. I offer individual counselling both short and long term therapy, I recognise that some clients are in need of long-term support and accordingly there is not a time limit on the number of sessions offered. I provide a professional yet warm approach, offering empowerment and choices to approach things in a different way 'Transforming the way you live your life'.
Counselling can be helpful when we are faced with situations and feelings that appear to be too difficult to handle totally on your own, when you want to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour or there may be no apparent specific reason/problem yet suddenly may feel as though life lacks a purpose for them. In other instances people may be struggling with on-going issues relating to low self-esteem, poor health, depression or anxiety where the root cause does not seem clear. Counselling offers the experience of really being listened to during times of stress, together with the gradual gaining of new insight, awareness, choices and new opportunities. Sometimes through life we may come to a point of change, crisis or indecision, certainties may disappear, we may feel lost, afraid, isolated, confused or angry, it may seem that our life is meaningless, with nobody to turn to, occasionally we may feel the need to explore these feelings at a deeper level & with someone outside our normal circle, it is then that counselling can help in recovering a sense of where our path might lie.
I feel it a great privilege facilitating others to make the changes that they wish for themselves and therefore help to create a better quality of life.
'The Client is the Expert' Carl Rogers. / 'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain' anon.
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Registered, Dip.Couns. HonVCM
Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Certificate of Registration, BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
Accredited / Registered member of the National Council of Psychotherapists.
Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling(Integrative).
Certificate in Counselling Studies and Theory.
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Certificate in Introduction to Counselling.
Qualified Clinical Supervisor - Independently accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists.
Supervisor for SARAC.
Supervisor for The Eaton Foundation.
Counselling Skill set for Working with Young People, Counsel UK.
Cert. Developing Win-Win Relationships, Couples work, Counsel UK.
Cert. Understanding Self Harm, Counsel UK.
Cert. - Rape, Trauma & Sexual abuse workshop.
Cert. Accredited EFT workshop.
Trained Telephone Helpline Counsellor.
Honorary member of the Victoria College of Music.
Enhanced CRB Disclosure.
I have some years experience working successfully with Individuals, Couples, Coaching and Group therapy, I have also worked within Derbyshire Rape Crisis and Sure-Start, in addition to this, I have experience working with drug & alcohol addiction; along with my private practice. I also attend regular workshops and training in order to ensure that my practice is kept up to date. I attend regular supervision to support the work I do maintaining competent practice. My code of ethics - I work to and am a Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapy) I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice, ensuring the work is safe and confidential.
I also offer clinical supervision, please view supervision profile.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Divorce/Separation Recovery, Childhood experiences that may have surfaced and perhaps troubling you in the now, Facing important life decisions and wondering how to proceed, Relationship issues, Transgender, Hoarding- A Growing Disorder, Loss & Trauma, Domestic Violence, Feelings of Guilt/Shame, Behaviours, Social anxiety, Sexual/Physical & Emotional abuse, Lack of connection, Loss of Direction/Purpose/Identity, Pet Bereavement (I am aware that for some experiencing the death or loss of a pet can be very painful and this grief may not be fully understood- counselling can help with such grief/distress), Single parent difficulties, General life changes/events, Pre-Wedding Counselling - (helping to limit stress/anxiety & help develop coping strategies, perspective & fun), Stress Management, Continuation from GP/NHS counselling, Personal Development/Confidence building & understanding.
Additional Training - Rape, Trauma & Sexual abuse (Derbyshire Rape Crisis), Drugs & Alcohol Awareness, Domestic Violence, Developing Win-Win Relationships (Couples), Self Harm, Working with Young People, Accredited EFT workshop - Emotional Freedom Technique: enhancing health, well-being & limiting beliefs.
This gives some idea of what I offer, however, not an extensive list, my areas of counselling & psychotherapy are very wide and varied with a wide range of issues and difficulties. Life is a journey which can be complex and challenging.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
I offer a Free initial Telephone consultation.
Individual Counselling £40.00 per hour.
Initial Consultation/Assessment £42.00 (1 1/2 hours) - To discuss with you your reasons for seeking counselling, to find out a little about you, an opportunity for you to ask any questions and for you to see whether you feel comfortable working with me.
Couple Counselling £50 per hour.
*Concessions are available for therapy/supervision to trainee counsellors, students, low income etc.*
Flexible appointment times, Daytimes, Evenings & Weekend appts. available.
Home Visits/Mobile Service available (please ask).
Easy parking available and on bus route.
Private therapy room, offering absolute confidentiality and discretion.
Making an appointment - You can contact me, in confidence, by telephone or email, if I am unavailable to take your call please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
If you have experienced major traumatic events, or simply to understand a here and now situation, from my own personal experience, I am a big believer in engaging in therapy, peeling back the layers, to really get in touch and make sense of this, enabling a higher quality of life.
I look forward to meeting you, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like to offer you my best wishes on your journey.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes, Evenings, Weekend appts. available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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