Carol Harrison, DIP (couns), MBACP
I am a member of the British ;Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the ethical framework.
As a therapist I believe we all have unique abilities and the potential to solve our own issues we just need support to remember that sometimes when life throws hard times our way, we can easily forget our own power, feeling overwhelmed; stuck, at the mercy of events. Counselling is a process to help you resolve difficult feelings, gain a clearer understanding of your problems. I will support your journey within a very safe environment through a genuine and honest relationship, which will promote a self fulfilling and self healing process.
Sessions for children and young people may differ from counselling for adults, and will depend on your child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. The Play therapy sessions are facilitated through sharing feelings/ role play and creative drawing, just to name a couple. In all instances the counselling will be adapted and tailored to meet your child's needs.
I can also offer family support sessions to help support the family's needs should you feel a more holistic approach may be more beneficial.
" Carol was very accommodating and was able to provide relevant information, attend TAF meetings and give suggestions for a follow on care plan for the children" (Family Support and Learning Mentor)
"Carol has worked as a therapeutic counsellor in a freelance capacity at our school for over 3 years. Carol has developed excellent relationships with all of the staff and children.
Carol has worked with many children in our school offering between 6 and 8 sessions to work with the child and the family. She always meets the parents of the child she is going to be working with and develops her background knowledge with each family before working with the child.
At school we have seen a huge impact on the children Carol has worked with. Carol‘s work isn’t about “solving or sorting” every child but, her sessions go a long way to giving the child the ability to work through their own problems and to be able to have strategies to cope better in life.
If I could put Carol on a contract I would have her in my school every day as the list is long of the children who would benefit from her expertise"
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person centred therapist (BACP Accredited Level 4 Diploma in Theraputic Counselling)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Self harm (Harm-ed) (NHS)
Level 3 social care
Professional Lead Training
Mental Health (mhfa-Mental Health First Aid)
Incredible Years Accredited Training (promoting parenting strategies)
Play Therapy (Places 2 Be)
Therapeutic groups with children (Places to Be)
I have a wide breadth of experience and safeguarding knowledge ranging from adult mental health settings/ GP practice/ youth services/ primary and high school settings, altogether of over 10 years experience.I have experience of developing and managing groups that are considered vulnerable and need specific support. I currently provide therapeutic counselling for young children, adolescents and adults and group work for adults. During this time, I have consistently updated and extended my training.
Other training include:
Safeguarding, Safe guarding vunerable adults, Equality and Diversity, Domestic Violence, Autism/ ADHD Training Awareness, Child Exploitation, Sensory Awareness Training (Communication) Deaf and Blind,
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Initial assessment is free of charge to help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you and to discuss your needs further, with no obligation to continue. - this make take approximately 30 Minutes.
Counselling sessions will cost £30p/hr, this allows time for your arrival, settling in time and check out time. Prices are not necessarily set in stone, depending on individuals needs/ circumstances.
Should you wish to book block session of six or more, a discount of £5.00 per session would apply on payment upfront however this only applies to counselling for adults.
Play therapy / Counselling sessions
The Initial assessment is £15.00 and will help you to decide if my service will be beneficial to you and your family, and will also determine if you feel that I can meet your child's needs - Any questions at all, please feel free to ask .
Please allow an hour for the initial assessment/ appointment for a child under the age of 12 due to the complexity's which can occur, taking into account current support from other agencies and what that entails, and how you would like to move forward with regards to counselling/ play therapy
All play therapy/ counselling sessions are 50- 60 minutes long and will cost £30p/h
However you may wish to have a more holistic family support approach at £20.00p/h
Home visits are also available on request
"Do I need counselling?"
People often ask, ‘do you think I need counselling?’ It’s difficult to answer this. If someone tells you “you need counselling” it can make you feel that your problems must be really bad. The decision to see a private counsellor is always a matter of personal choice rather than something you “must” do.
A better question might be "would I benefit from counselling?" Many people, whatever their situation, have found counselling extremely helpful. It tends to be more useful, more effective and more successful if you have chosen to come because it feels like the right thing for you, rather than someone else telling you to go because you ‘need’ counselling.
"Should my child see a therapist?"
Children and adolescents can often find themselves needing support to cope with a wide range, and often complex social issues, such as family breakdown, emotional and behavioural difficulties, health problems, bullying, abuse, bereavement and loss among lots of other issues. These difficulties can also impact on the child's physical problems such as poor sleep, lack of appetite, social isolation, self harming behaviours, sometimes feeling alone and unable to cope.
Benefits to play therapy
- Allowing the Expression of Feelings
- Encouraging Creative Thoughts and New Ideas
- Allowing the Development of Healthy Decision-Making Skills
- Enabling the Communication of Problems and Concerns to Others
- Supporting the Learning of New Ways of Thinking and Behaving
If you wish to make an enquiry please ring or text me (if you prefer) I will return your call as promptly as I can.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently available for sessions Friday afternoons, Saturdays till 3pm. Also various appointments in the evenings for people who work during the day.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|