Carolyn Langdon BA ( Hons), Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred) UKCP
Hello and welcome,
Making the first step to find out about Counselling can be confusing with so many therapists and therapies to choose from. I would suggest that you trust your instinct and see who you feel drawn to. To help with this, you can call or email me to arrange a free no obligation 15/20 minute chat on the phone, where we can look at what's troubling you, how this is affecting your quality of life, and what you want to achieve from Counselling. It is also an opportunity for you to see if you feel comfortable with me, and to ask any questions you may have,
Counselling helps people who feel troubled with themselves and their lives, whether it be historic or current or a combination of both, to feel better, and more able to cope with life, and its ups and downs. I have extensive experience in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, panic, anger problems, relationship issues including conflict, betrayal, separation and divorce, sexual intimacy, diagnosis of cancer, bereavement, PTSD, gender and sexuality, traumatic life events, domestic abuse, and abuse in childhood.
Many people feel confused as to how therapy can help towards feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life. The simple act of just talking about issues to someone not emotionally involved can help you feel lighter and brighter, especially as many people do not want to burden family and friends with their issue. Sharing your concerns, worries, and problems with someone you trust in a safe space, where you feel understood and supported can be empowering, and can be better than dealing with these negative feelings by yourself. A therapist will help you look at your issues and identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping.
Counselling is not just about helping people feel better about life’s problems, it is also a place where you can begin to understand yourself and increase your self - awareness and insight, allowing you to make better informed choices and decisions in your life.
My personal Counselling approach is that each one of us deserves and seeks contentment in life, but life is not a bed of roses, and this can mean we encounter obstacles and hurdles that make us feel low, anxious, stressed and negative. As a result of my wide experience working with people and their problems, I am a strong believer in utilising Resilience as a way of managing and maintaining well-being. Working with clients who come to me with depression/anxiety, my aim is to develop insight into triggers which drag people down and what you can do to re-energise yourself in simple steps that are unique to you. I will look to helping you create a " personal prescription " so you can learn to understand and manage your own wellbeing.
I am a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, which means I am trained in many different theories - Psychodynamic, Person- Centred, Gestalt, TA, Existential and CBT. In addition I have a background in Psychology, a Masters in Neuro- Linguistic Programming, Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Diploma in Life Coaching. I am Accredited with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered with the UKCP as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have professional liability insurance and an enhanced CRB check, and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I offer confidential sessions to individuals age18 plus from my comfortable and private therapy room at my home address in Lower Parkstone, Poole, where there is ample car parking space. Counselling with me, offers everyone a warm, non- judgemental, sanctuary, where you can come and talk to someone not emotionally involved in your life, who will listen, believe and understand what is causing you concern. We will then work together to help you resolve your issues, helping you to live a life that is more satisfying and fulfilling.
I have many years experience of working with people across the age range, and my speciality lies in helping people overcome, stress, depression, mixed anxiety and panic, in particular young professionals and young people.
I have extensive experience in helping individuals who are bereaved and those struggling with a diagnosis of cancer.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Master NLP Practitioner
BA Hons Psychology Swansea University
Post Graduate Certificate in Education ( PGCE )
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
After many years of working with people, especially young people, who have presented with a diverse range of problems, concerns and issues, I feel drawn to focus on helping young professionals suffering from stress, depression/ anxiety.
In addition I have experience of working with people whose lives are affected by a diagnosis of cancer, whether it be palliative, remisssive or curative, and also those involved with the patient.
I also strive to help those affected by abuse, whether historic or current, and manage the impact it is having on their life, helping them to move forward in a healthy way without holding onto any legacies.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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I appreciate in todays fast moving society , people need different ways to access therapy, so I offer my sessions either face to face, phone or email.
When you contact me, if you would like to speak on the phone first we can make an arrangement to chat for around 15/20 minutes and there is no charge for this.
If you feel we can work together and decide to make an appointment, the first session will be an introductory and exploratory session, and will last about 1 hour 20 minutes this will be £50.
A face to face individual session lasting approx one hour is £45.
I am a registered provider with Aviva Health Insurance - please ask for details.
Concession rates may be available for students, those on low incomes and block bookings.
Something about me:
My counselling background is varied and I have worked with individuals, couples and groups across the age range.
i spent many years working as an In-House Counsellor at support centres for patients and their family who are struggling with a diagnosis of cancer in their lives. I counselled who werecurative, remissive and those who were receiving palliative care, as well as supporting their significant others. I also offered bereavement Counselling to those who had suffered a loss through cancer.
I was involved in developing a Programme designed as another layer of support for those who accessed the service, and felet confident in managing their own self care. This programme consisted of a series of workshops centred around significant aspects of our lives, which contribute to developing and maintaining Resilience, which leads onto optimal functioning in all areas.
In addition, I have worked for many years in childrens services, where I helped children and young people overcome the effects of a wide range of issues, some of them complex like child abuse and domestic violence. I have worked with young people in a Youth Advisory Service and in a Higher Education establishment, where I Counselled students suffering with issues that were impacting upon their ability to apply themselves to their studies.
I have been running my private practice since 2008, and many people have accessed me through recommendation and personal referrals. I do Employee Assisted Counselling for adults experiencing problems that affect their work. Plus contracts with numerous Health Insurance Companies.
I am currently in the process, of offering personal development, training and workshops to agencies and other organisations, to enable optimal functioning , through a limited company. As part of this company I am working on innovative ideas/concepts related to maintaining well-being through the concept of Resilience Building.
i would describe my unique essence as a Counsellor, deriving from my breadth of training and experience across the age range, as; focussing on Personal Awakening and Empowerment.
My family and friends would describe me as a warm, caring person, always willing to offer help and support to others, and I get much fulfillment from my profession and consider it a privilege and honour to be a small part of my clients lives. I always aim to offer my very best to all my clients, and I frequently attend courses to aquire new skills and keep myself updated with recent developments..
In addition to my Accredited Diploma, I am also trained to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I hold a Diploma in Life Coaching and I am a NLP Master Practiioner.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday 9-6pm .
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|