Caroline Marshall Msc, PgDip, MBACP Accredited and Registered
Unit 4, Hollins Business Centre
I started out by supporting vulnerable people in the voluntary sector for Victim Support in 1996. During this time I realised how much I loved helping others and decided to embark on gaining some counselling skills and after that I was hooked.
I also volunteered for EMERGE (working with adult survivors of abuse as children); The Dove Service and The Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service (working with individuals struggling with loss and long term illness.
I previously worked as a therapist for a Primary Care Service receiving referrals from GP surgeries for clients struggling with depression and anxiety. However, these terms are general and often were there as a result of more complex issues underlying. I was grateful for the experience this type of work gave me in working with vulnerable people from all walks of life.
I am now competent working with anxiety, stress, depression, abuse, panic, OCD, bereavement, loss, long term illness, low self esteem, trauma, termination, miscarriage and general relationship difficulties etc. I witnessed how these issues affected people physically, emotionally, behaviourally and psychologically.
I chose to move into private practice in the Summer of 2016 and it was one of the best decisions because I love it. I also continue to give some of my time to the voluntary sector counselling women survivors of domestic violence one day a week.
In my private practice, I offer a professional, safe, supportive and confidential space to adults who wish to work through any problematic issues they may be experiencing. My aim is to provide the right environment for you to work through any difficulties you are experiencing in life and to reduce any distress these difficulties may be causing you.
I have developed a style that adapts to client need and when we meet for the first time I will be interested in knowing why now, what you hope to achieve in therapy and how we might work together.
I firmly believe that we all have the potential to change but we sometimes need a little help and guidance in knowing how to do this. I would say that when people can understand themselves better and are able to see that they have the power to change things, that is generally a start in their road to recovery. I am reminded every time I see a client just what a privileged position I have.
Life can feel overwhelming at times making you feel more vulnerable than usual. If you feel like this, it can help having someone to talk to who can listen.
This first step takes courage and is the start of you trying to move forward with your life. Sometimes it is hard to do this on your own and that's where counselling can help make sense of your situation.
I work in Stafford and the office is located within walking distance of the town centre. There are a number of free parking spaces surrounding the building for a time limited period which would be sufficient for a session visit. The office is also minutes away from a bus stop (Greyfriars) which is on the main route for buses arriving from the north and south of Stafford as well as Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent.
I offer short or long term sessions depending on what is best fit. I offer sessions whilst they are of benefit and are in the best interests of the client.
Training, qualifications & experience
My education and training background in Counselling was with Staffordshire University. The MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling was an integrative approach, based on Prochaska and Norcross' Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM). The TTM has as its central tenet that all counselling theories have common ground - the process of change. They explore the how, when and what to change and suggest the use of major theories at different stages of a client's development.
During my training, there was opportunity to study in-depth some of the most influential theories, in particular Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural theories, although other approaches were covered such as systemic, solution focused, attachment, experiential etc.
My Integrative Counselling training and qualification has given me the knowledge and experience to know how to work with people that present themselves for counselling. I am passionate about the work I do and believe in clients having the potential to change, given the right environment to do this.
I began my counselling skills training in 2004 and went on to gain the necessary qualifications with Staffordshire University:
- MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- BSc Psychology/Literature Joint Hons 2:1
- Certificate in Counselling
- EMDR Institute Training: Parts 1-3
I am professionally qualified, registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I abide by the BACP Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy in my work with individuals. BACP also demand a commitment to Continuing Professional Development in order to update my knowledge and enhance my existing skills when working with individuals.
DBS Enhanced Check completed September 2016 (previously knows as CRB).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling students are usually required to access therapy as part of their course requirements.
I realise how expensive it can be having gone through the process myself; I would therefore be willing to offer counselling students a reduced rate of £32.50 for a 50 minute counselling hour
It can be daunting meeting a counsellor for the first time and wondering if you are doing the right thing. I would be happy to meet with you for 30 minutes in order that you are certain and comfortable that you would like to work with me.
Initial Meeting: £20.00 (half an hour)
Sessions: £40.00 (50 minutes)
Please say if you would like our first meeting to be an initial meeting when you contact me.
I prefer to speak to you to answer any queries you may have either over the phone or in person. If you do call me, please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.
I would aim to return your call the same day wherever possible.
When texting me, I would ask it is for the purpose of arranging/re-arranging appointments only.
Seeing someone about real vulnerable issues can be a scary thing to do, but I would encourage you to take the first step of making contact because that first step will mean that you are no longer facing this completely on your own.
What will the first session be like?
The first session together I would say is more about making you feel at ease and gathering information from you. It is my aim to understand what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to get out of it.
For example, it may be you just need someone to listen without judgement, or you might be looking for some guidance on how to make some positive changes to improve your well-being but are unsure how.
It will be an opportunity for me to answer any questions or allay any fears you may have about the therapy.
It is so important that you feel you can talk to me and feel comfortable with me. I believe the relationship to be key to psychological change and that this relationship has to feel right for both client and counsellor for any progress to be made in therapy.
By the end of the first session, it will be up to you if you want to schedule more sessions with me. We can tailor the sessions to suit your needs. For example, we can agree a set number of sessions if you prefer this, or we can book session by session as long as you feel you need the therapy and it is in your best interests.
If you do not see your problem here it does not mean I won't be able to help you. Please call to discuss as it is very difficult to include everything counselling can cover.
If I can't help you I may be able to point you in the right direction in order that you get the support you need.
It is my job to have your best interests at heart at all times.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am unavailable on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I offer evening appointments as well as Saturday day time to accommodate those working full time.
Types of client