Carrie Best MBACP, DipHE Psychodynamic Counselling

Carrie Best MBACP, DipHE Psychodynamic Counselling

Therapy & Life Centre
218 Brighton Road


07526 762072

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Therapy & Life Centre
218 Brighton Road


07526 762072

About me

Hello, I'd like to welcome you to my page. My name is Carrie,I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor  and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP),

We all have times in life when we find it hard to cope, and our lives can seem very overwhelming.

Please have a look through my profile to see if you feel I could help you in any way.

There are many people who choose therapy when they are experiencing an upheaval or difficult, upsetting time in their lives.

You may be feeling depressed, anxious, or dissatisfied with life in some way - and even if you have the support of a family member or friend, It can be sometimes difficult to communicate to those closest to you about how you are feeling.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to somebody who is separate from your every day life, who can listen without judgement and offer you the support and guidance you need.

This is when talking to a Psychodynamic Counsellor can help.

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on both the past and present. The psychodynamic approach looks at how important the role of the unconscious and past experiences is on influencing our current behaviour.

As a counsellor I aim to provide a supportive, safe, strictly confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore and make sense of your thoughts and emotions from your individual perspective.

Therapy can not erase a difficult past but it can give you the tools to equip you to move on more easily, it can increase your resilience, and it can enable you to make positive changes in your every day life.

Research shows Freud's 'Talking Cure' helps to alleviate all sorts of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, life crisis, trauma, eating disorders, self harm and relationship issues. If you are at a point in your life where you are motivated to seek change, there is every reason to believe that therapy can help you

You are welcome to make an appointment at either of my two practices - in Coulsdon or in the village of Warlingham both locations are easily accessible by both public transport and by car.

For further information about my practice and background please feel free to visit my website

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling from the University of Surrey

Level 3 Certificate in Psychodynamic counselling

B.A.C.P member ( British association counselling and psychotherapy)

2 years working as a school counsellor (5-11 years old)

In addition to private practice I also work in a low cost counselling service as a volunteer and have experience with issues such as Depression, Anxiety, panic disorders / attacks,Generalised anxiety disorder, low self esteem, relationship difficulties/ issues, post- natal depression, loss, separation, divorce, addiction, self-harm, work related stress, anger and frustration.

I believe in the importance of continual professional development and regularly attend training events and workshops and continue to work on my own personal development through weekly Analytical Psychotherapy.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Taking those first steps to approach a counsellor can be very difficult and may evoke feelings of anxiety.I am more than happy for you to email me at if this feels easier, so that we can take the initial steps towards making an appointment.

Initial assessment session - £30.00

Day time individual session - £35

Evening/weekend individual session - £40

Couples session- £50.00

16- 18 years old - £25.00

Telephone session- £35

Concessions are available for students, those in receipt of benefit, pensioners, and those attending counselling more frequently than once per week.

Further information

The initial assessment session lasts for an hour and gives us the opportunity to meet each other,to establish if counselling is for you and if I am the right counsellor for you.

There is no obligation to continue after the initial assessment.

I offer both short term and long term counselling depending upon your individual needs.

Maps & Directions

Coulsdon, CR5 2NF
Warlingham, CR6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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