Carol Paton Accredited Member Of The BACP.
St Barnabas House Counselling and Therapy Centre
First Floor, St Barnabas House
I am an accredited member of the BACP. I have a diploma in Therapeutic (Psychodynamic) Counselling, with over twelve years experience working in a variety of different settings. I set up my private counselling practice to ensure that I can give the best level of care to you, as well as having the freedom to work through any difficulties you may have in a way that meets your needs.
At points in our life, we can experience problems or difficulties where having a bit of extra support can be beneficial. It can help to have another person to talk to who respects who you are as an individual and can offer a non-judgmental space where thoughts and feeling can be explored.
I offer both long and short term counselling. Sometimes a small number of focused sessions can be enough to clear your mind, enabling you to find a solution that helps you to think and move in a more positive direction. Other times having counselling for a longer period can be beneficial as it gives you time to explore and to work through any issues or problems in your own time.
Counselling can help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you. Any past experiences you have had, or any worries and anxieties you are living with, can be worked through, in a comfortable and secure environment, with someone who will listen to you and value what you say. This can enable positive change, as well as a more rewarding way of living.
Sometimes your past can effect how you live your life today or it could be worries about your future that hinder you. Sometimes you can feel stuck and that you are struggling on your own, having a bit of extra support can help you through these difficult times, enabling you to move forward and to take control back of your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
- I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics. I am supervised by a qualified supervisor as part of my commitment to ethical practice.
- I regularly undertake workshops and short training courses to support my professional development.
- Counselling adolescents in the youth sector and in schools.
- 5 years counselling adults who were under the probation service.
- Counselling adults with mental health issues in the substance misuse field.
- Counselling in private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- 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
I work with people who are coping with Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and other long-term health conditions.
I also work with people who are caring for another with long-term health conditions.
I have an interest in the effects of exhaustion and burnout, and how to start the recovery process. Sometimes having high-stress levels or high levels of anxiety for prolonged periods of time can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health.
I also have an interest in people coping with infertility and the effects it can have on your life.
My fee for a daytime appointment is £40.00. It will be a 50 minute session. There are a limited number of reduced rate appointments for students.
Appointments offered start at 9am. The last appointment time offered starts at 4pm.
Appointments are available for Saturday mornings between 9am and 12 midday.
Barnabas House is a five minute walk away from Gillingham train station and opposite a bus stop. We are also situated closely to a large car park.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime appointments Monday to Friday. There are also appointments available for Saturday mornings.
Types of client