Caroline Charles, Integrative Counsellor, B.Sc. (Hons).
07949 094 792
What would it be like to work with me?...Careful listening is at the core of my practice. Beginning with your story, told in your own way, our work will explore the details and the themes of your experience. The aim is for you to come to see yourself in new ways, and to recognise possibilities of choice and change, in place of the repetition of painful patterns. My job is to listen closely and to respond in ways that help you build an ongoing process of growth, enabling you to live, feel, and act more fully. Ideally, the process goes on even after our work has ended.
As an integrative counsellor, I believe that there is no single approach that is appropriate for each client in all situations, and my integration draws from theories that help to address psychological distress, for example, anxiety, depression, anger and resentment, emotional inhibition, relationship/family issues, patterns of self-sabotage/self-destructiveness, sexuality, trauma, grief/loss, separation, identity conflicts/confusion, and emotional pain around life transitions (e.g., midlife) when meaning, mortality, and loss are at play.
In the session, we will work through what has brought you to counselling which might include an exploration of how the past affects the present or perhaps focusing on a specific issue that affects you in the here and now. Counselling is a place to speak about feelings, memories, fantasies and dreams. And whatever you share will be understood in the context of your unique history, culture, sexuality and personality.
The first step...I am available to answer your questions regarding the counselling process either by phone or email. If you wish to speak with me before we meet, I can schedule a confidential fifteen-minute phone conversation at a mutually convenient time, free of charge. After our initial contact, I offer an in-person consultation to further discuss your requirements and to get a sense of how we might work together. Clients usually attend regular weekly fifty-minute sessions, arrangements can be either short or long-term, and there will be progress reviews with either option.
I offer a dependable and confidential service.
I work from a comfortable modern practice in central Ipswich, IP4 1BZ and should you arrive early for your consultation/session there is a waiting area with refreshments. There is low-cost parking on site and good links with public transport. For a wheelchair user or those with mobility impairments, there is lift access to the first-floor counselling room. My counselling practice is within easy reach of Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Colchester.
I work with men and women from age eighteen to elders and I am LGBTQIA supportive.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work/have worked in a voluntary and paid capacity within adult counselling services, including, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Mentis Tree / Acorn CIC (partnership with Wellbeing Suffolk Service IAPT), Lifetrax at Volunteering Matters, Pot Kiln Primary School, and the University of Suffolk.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
Diploma Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Some of my recent training / CPD:-
Eight-week training in 'Mindfulness' with .b Foundation
'Working with People Whose Eating is Disordered' with Professor Julia Buckroyd
'Eating Disorder Awareness: Towards a Greater Understanding' Kel O' Neil
'Domestic & Honour Based Violence & FGM' with Suffolk County Council
'Creative Work with Children and Young People' with Jan Cadman, Art Therapist
'Death in Psychotherapy' with Emmy Van Deurzen
'Addiction Awareness: Helping Addicted Clients Recover' with Mike Eustace
'Core Characteristics of Addiction and Recovery' with Noel McDermott
'Rewiring the Brain' Bessel Van De Kolk with PESI
'Body Keeps the Score' Bessel Van De Kolk with PESI
'The fragile self: structure of narcissistic disturbance' with Dr. Phil Mollon
I am a registered member of the BACP (No. 247020) and I am working towards UKCP accreditation and I adhere to their codes of ethics.
Counselling training completed with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and awarded by Middlesex University. I am committed to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for best practice and development of my professional skills and knowledge.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
My fee is £40.00 (some concessions are available for students and low-waged)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tue & Wed: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Thu & Fri: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|