Caroline Armstrong, MBACP (Accredited) - Counselling, Supervision, Mindfulness
Broome Park Estate
07462198107 / 07462198107
"Caroline has always created a safe space for me to share my thoughts and feelings. I feel stronger and more able to deal with future challenges." A satisfied client.
Looking through this site means you are probably worried about something, and wanting to reach out for some support. That takes courage, and finding someone you feel comfortable with will be important. That's why I always offer a free phone call to begin with, just to see whether we are a good match.
I have over 15 years experience as a counsellor, and provide room for you to explore whatever is on your mind. Whether you are considering life changes, dealing with a particular experience or difficulty, or trying to find ways of dealing with experiences that cannot be changed, I would be happy to help you to find a way through.
Where I work
I work from two sites in the Barham/ Wingham area, which provides easily accessible counselling from Canterbury, Folkstone, Dover and most of East Kent by car. The HolistiCentre just outside Barham is accessible by bus, and the other venue can be reached by rail.
What I offer
I have built up plenty of experience of helping a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds. It has been a joy seeing many people shift over the time we meet and walk away with a lighter step.
My experience has been developed through private practice, and working in the NHS alongside people with life-limiting illness, depression and anxiety. I also offer work related counselling, and worked for several years within a higher education college. The issues people bring are as varied as the people themselves, and include: Depression, anxiety, loss (including health, bereavement & child loss), relationship difficulties, family issues, childhood abuse, work based problems, the challenges of being a carer, and existential issues.
Adults and couples
I work with adults face to face, both short and long term. Most of my experience with couples is related to loss, bereavement, and the impact of serious illness on their relationship. My experience enables me to draw on different approaches according to what works for you. In addition to talking this could include:
What to expect at our first session
Prior to our first session we will have a free telephone call lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. The aim is to get a flavour of your reasons for seeking counselling, and for me to check out that I am likely to be able to help you. All being well, we would arrange a first visit during that call. If applying as a couple, each person would be rung independently.
Our first session is an opportunity for us to see how we get on with each other, and for you to share in more detail what has led you to seek out counselling. The session will last for 60 minutes, and is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have as well as letting me to check out the best way forward. If we agree to continue working together, we will arrange a number of future sessions (usually six initially) and build in a review of how things are going for you towards the last of those sessions. All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes long.
With couples I would meet you together initially for 90 minutes, and provided all goes well I would then see each person separately for a 60 minute session. If we all wish to continue after that, we will arrange a number of sessions (usually six to start with). These sessions would be together and last 75 minutes.
Places are now open for my 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), to be run in early 2018. Please contact me if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Full details are on my website, as are my regular monthly mindfulness evenings which are open to all.
Supervision and training
My other work has included providing clinical supervision for trainee and trained counsellors since 2006; as well as running a wide range of training courses for students and NHS staff, people living with cancer, and counsellors.
I currently offer supervision to qualified counsellors and others in the helping professions, and can provide workshops on a range of psychological issues. Examples include: Death and Dying in Counselling; self-care and stress management; and Breaking Bad News.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked for 8 years as an Oncology Counsellor at a London teaching hospital until I moved to the Canterbury area in 2015. This involved seeing a wide range of people for one to one counselling, as well as bedside support. The post also included training, staff debriefing sessions, supervision of other professionals, and involvement in strategic policy development.
I also worked as a staff counsellor in a college for 5 years, and within psychological services provided by GPs.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust) - 2001
Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) since 2002
Diploma in Integrative Supervision within the Caring Professions (The Minster Centre) - 2006
Level 1 Training to Teach Mindfulness-based Courses (The Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University) - 2014
I love learning and continue to develop my skills and knowledge via ongoing study and courses each year.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life limiting illness
£50 per 50 minute session
£75 per 75 minute session
"When I first came I was very scared and the counselling room was my safe haven. Now I can walk out of that door and I'm still safe." - A satisfied client
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime Mondays to Thursdays. Some evening availability - please contact for details.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|