Hello, and welcome.
My name is Carola. You may be looking at this site because you are thinking about seeing a counsellor. Here is some information about me, and about my counselling and therapy practice.
My approach: When I first meet a client, I seek to understand at a deep level, exactly what is wanted and needed. I listen with attention and empathy, working collaboratively with you in a way and at a pace that I believe will be most helpful.
My way of working is to both pay attention to our past (and the way our past plays out in our present), and to approaches which feed the spirit - such as developing greater compassion for the self; greater capacity for present-moment attention; and tapping into our own creativity and dreams. These all help develop our resilience and insight, our capacity to care for ourselves, and to nurture our relationships with those who are important to us.
Counselling Outdoors: Another area of interest and recent training for me, is in counselling outdoors in our natural environment. If this way of working may be of interest to you, please let me know when you contact me.
Taking therapy outdoors helps bring the natural world into the therapeutic process as another element. This may be as simple as 'walking and talking', or sitting in a quiet area in the natural surroundings that feels stimulating or meaningful to you and continuing our work there. Or it may be that we work with the immediate sensory experience of being outdoors and with imagery from your natural surroundings to reflect on the issues you have brought to therapy.
Training and Experience: Before setting up my own practice in Calderdale, I worked for 10 years in Adult Services in Leeds, counselling people in crisis. My training has been primarily in the Integrative model (a model which integrates a different psychotherapeutic theories). Over the years I have also had experience of other approaches, particularly Psychodynamic therapy, the Crisis model, and the Conversational approach (or Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy). Increasingly these days, I am drawn to approaches which attend to the spirit and body, as well as the mind. (Please see recent CPD below)
If you decide to contact me about the possibility of working together, I will suggest an initial appointment where we can meet. This will be a chance for you to discover whether working with me feels right for you, and is what you want. It will also give me a chance to ensure that the way I work will be helpful to you and is appropriate for your needs.
What happens at the initial appointment?I will greet you at the door, and we will go together to the therapy room. Once we are settled I will ask you in your own time and in your own words to tell me what has brought you to seek counselling.
I may ask you a couple of questions – for example about your hopes and expectations of therapeutic counselling , or about any previous periods of distress or difficulty you may have experienced. I may ask you to tell me a little about your childhood or important relationships. But mostly I will be listening, and supporting you to describe in your own words, what might be troubling or preoccupying you.
You may also have questions to ask me about my approach and the therapeutic process, and I will do my best to answer these as clearly as possible.
Towards the end of the session, we will come to an agreement about whether we are going to continue working together. If so, we will arrange when we will meet again to begin our regular and agreed period of counselling.
Where I work:At present, I work at a practice alongside other health and wellbeing practitioners - the Wellness Centre in Sowerby Bridge. I also offer clients for whom it might be helpful, the option of working outdoors.
The Wellness Centre has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There are a couple of practice rooms, a washroom and a reception/waiting area. The front door is accessed up a couple of steps, so it is not wheel-chair accessible. (However, if access was difficult for a client, I'd be happy to discuss the possibility of other arrangements.)
The Wellness Centre is close to a bus stop and about 10 minutes walk from the train station. There is parking nearby.
If you think you might prefer to work outdoors (and we agree, after a couple of initial indoor sessions, that this would be both appropriate to your needs and helpful for you) we will contract together to do so. We will meet each week at a prearranged outdoor area that is both accessible to the public and has some variety of landscape (such as easy woodland paths and more open moorland) and continue our weekly therapeutic work there.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Manchester University)
Counselling Skills and Group Work Certificate Course (WPF Counselling North)
Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine (Sheffield School of Homeopathic Medicine)
MA in Creative Writing (Manchester Metropolitan University)
I participate in regular continuing professional development courses.
Recently these have included:
Taking Therapy outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
Personality Development - A Psychoanlalytic Approach
Attachment Theory – Bowlby to Current Theory and Practice
This year I am doing further CPD in:
Psychotherapy and the Natural World;
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy;
and Compassion Focussed Therapy.
Other CPD courses I have done in the past are
Introduction to Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Workshops in Culture and Counselling
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy training
Attachment, Brain Function and Practice
Jungian Approaches to Mind, Body and Imagination
Working with Dreams
Self Harm Training
Skills for working with Personality Disorders
Safeguarding Adults training
Neuroscience Research Reading Group 2009-2011
Various regular in-house CPD training days, including Suicide Prevention, Working with Loss and Bereavement, Working with Interpreters, Deaf Awareness Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
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I charge £40 per counselling session, except for the initial appointment which is £20.
I offer one-to-one counselling to people over 16.
Both daytime and evening appointments are usually avaliable.
Depending on our agreement, I can offer either brief, or longer term therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client