136 Nantwich Road
42 Crewe Road
When life feels hard to cope with, you may want a safe place to explore what's going on for you, a place where you know you'll be listened to and you don't have to pretend that everything's OK. Sometimes you can find this with friends or family, but sometimes that doesn't feel possible or helpful. I aim to offer you that safe place, working within a person-centred relationship; this means that your thoughts, feelings and actions are accepted and not judged, and your independence and autonomy are respected.
Each client is a unique individual and so I work differently with each client, depending on your own situation and your own preferences. You might just want to get things off your chest; you might be looking for practical ways to ease a difficult situation; maybe you're finding it hard to make a decision about something and want a neutral sounding board; you might like to walk, or to doodle, colour, draw or craft while we talk.
I work with bereavement and loss; anxiety (sometimes described as 'generalised anxiety disorder' or 'panic disorder'), stress and panic attacks; depression and low mood; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; trauma; family issues and relationship issues; affairs, separation and divorce; low confidence and self-esteem, as well as many other difficulties which might lead you to consider counselling. Nothing is taboo or off limits
I really value client feedback and I hope it's useful also to you if you're considering working with me. Past clients have said they have found me easy to work with, that they have felt safe enough to share things they can't talk about to other people, and that they have felt helped and supported through our work together, so they are better able to tackle the difficult things that life has thrown at them. Here's what one client wrote recently:
"I’m really grateful for the help that you have given me and it has made a real difference. I am finding myself so much better able to cope with emotional difficulties. I now feel that I’m in control and have the tools to deal with setbacks .
Thanks again for everything that you have done. You’ve made me so much more self-aware and I can see a time when I’ll be able to deal with bad times without all the drama".
You may be wondering if counselling is for you - often people feel uncertain at first:
"To begin with, I was very sceptical about whether counselling would work to combat my anxiety . However, after the first session, I was sure that this was definitely the way forward, and I would recommend to anyone who is having doubts to give it a try. After a few sessions, you will realise how helpful the techniques you learn can be, and it has been a fantastic way of helping myself to concentrate on becoming 'me' again"
You can see more feedback from clients on my website www.carolinemidmorecounselling.co.uk
Counselling works only if the relationship between client and counsellor works, and so I offer a free introductory chat so you can see if you would feel comfortable about us working together. You can also phone for an informal chat with no obligation to make an appointment, or you can book a first session and begin working together straight away. I welcome clients of all ages from 14 years, men and women, people of all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientation.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Counselling Psychology, Keele University
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Keele University
Certificate in Counselling, Keele University
I have also undertaken training in many other specific areas via workshops and continuing professional development, including:
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy which aims to reduce the risk of recurrent depression for people who have experienced repeated episodes.
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction which uses mindfulness to help people lower the level of stress which they experience
- Rewind Therapy, a fast and effective way to help deal with flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares about a traumatic event.
Cheshire Councils Occupational Health Unit
Just Drop In youth counselling service, Macclesfield
NHS Staff Support & Counselling Service, North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with clients in many different situations, not just those listed.
Please note, unfortunately I am not able to work with couples at present, and would suggest Relate for anyone interested in this area.
If you'd like to meet me and discuss how we might work together, we can do this in an introductory chat lasting up to 30 minutes at a nominal fee of £10. You might consider it an investment by us both in the future counselling relationship. It may take a long time, and a lot of courage, to book that first appointment but you don't have to discuss your reasons for coming unless you want to.
If you would like to begin counselling straight away rather than start with an introductory chat, my usual fee is £38 for sessions starting at 5.15 or earlier, or £40 for sessions starting 5.30 or later; sessions usually last one hour. You can pay by cash, cheque, debit/credit card or Paypal (£1 extra to cover their fee). You can choose to have longer or shorter sessions if you prefer.
I realise that money can prevent people from accessing the counselling they want, and I offer a limited number of places for concessions and am always willing to discuss financial arrangements, please feel free to ask.
If your employer wants to support you by funding your counselling, I can arrange to invoice them directly; this does not affect confidentiality.
If you have private medical insurance with a company such as BUPA, Aviva, Health Shield or WSM, the cost of your counselling may be covered by your policy. I'd advise you to check with them first to make sure, because it may depend on your level of cover and your policy excess.
I have a limited number of sessions each week, and a session which is cancelled at short notice usually means an appointment wasted, so that other clients have to wait longer than necessary for counselling. For this reason, I do charge the full fee for sessions cancelled at less than 48 hours notice, apart from in the most exceptional circumstances. If another client is able to take the appointment at short notice, the fee is waived.
I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their Ethical Framework. I am registered with the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health and approved by The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am a member of the IARTT (International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy). All that means is that I'm trained to a high level and I'm an experienced counsellor.
(BACP membership number: 703037; Certificate of registration number: 37818).
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
I offer flexible appointments during the day and evening to fit round your other commitments. I can usually see you within a week of you making contact. I counsel in Crewe and Alsager, in pleasant private counselling rooms. The Alsager room has level access, the Crewe room is on the first floor.
I mainly work indoors but if you like, we can talk outside. Whether it's sitting outdoors, a gentle stroll or a brisk walk, being outside can be very therapeutic in itself.
I have an enhanced DBS (criminal record disclosure) certificate and am fully insured. Please note that I am not able to work with couples or with young people aged under 14.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments on weekdays during day time and early evenings
Types of client
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