Charlotte Holloway MA, Adv. Dip Psych. MBACP. UKCP registered
How Counselling Can Help:
Coming to counselling can help you feel sturdier and calmer and more able to cope with the difficulties of life. It can help you regain a sense of yourself, your voice, your unique strengths and resources. I believe that by giving yourself some space and time to explore your difficulties, anxieties or losses with a caring professional you give yourself the chance to come to a deeper understanding of yourself, your feelings and your relationships and this in turn enables you to make more informed choices and find more balance, agency or acceptance. Counselling can help you feel more in charge of yourself and your life.
As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist I have been trained in a number of different therapy modalities, including emotional regulation, trauma, attachment and psychodynamic theory. This means I can adapt my way of working to what suits you and what you feel you need. I believe that compassion, collaboration and respect are at the heart of a healing therapeutic relationship. I won't judge you or tell you what you should or shouldn't do. I will listen to you and I will facilitate your listening to your own inner knowledge.
I practice mindfulness with clients if they are interested as I also believe that learning to listen to your body can help you regulate your emotions and help you understand what your mind sometimes cannot.
I offer a safe, calm and welcoming space in a peaceful, semi-rural setting which is easily accessible from the A40/M40 or Seer Green train station and offers ample parking.
Timing of Sessions:
Each session will last 50 mins and is normally weekly at the same time every week so that this time is always yours. It is entirely up to you how long you come to counselling. Some people find the support they need in a few sessions. Other people like to come for longer. Short term work (6-20 sessions) can help you address a specific issue or simply offer some support in a time of crisis. Longer term work can lead to more profound changes and may be more appropriate for complex problems such as entrenched relationship issues, chronic depression, bereavement or compulsive behaviour.
You can email or call me with any questions or for an informal chat. If you choose to make an appointment we can then discuss your needs in greater depth and you can decide whether you think we are a good "fit" and I can make sure that I am the appropriate counsellor/psychotherapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Minster Centre in London, one of the oldest and most respected integrative training courses in the UK. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling; a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy; an M.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University and an M.A. in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University.
I am a full clinical accredited member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and I am a registered member of the BACP ( British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their codes of ethics.
In addition to private practice I have also worked at a GP's surgery and a low cost counselling service and have volunteered at SLAM ( South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust).
Alongside my private practice I continue to add to my knowledge and experience by regularly attending additional training courses.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
I have a sliding scale of fees from £55 to £80 depending on your circumstances and the time and frequency of sessions. We can discuss what is an appropriate fee when you decide you would like to work with me. The initial assessment session is a flat rate of £55.00 and lasts one hour.
My cancellation policy is 3 days notice - less than that and the full fee is payable. However, I do understand that life can be unpredictable (for example, if you have young children) and I can offer some flexibility with rescheduling appointments.
I lived in the USA for 12 years. While I raised my children there I also worked with "at risk" mothers in a social program near Boston. These experiences led to my interest in parenting issues, relationship issues, transgenerational trauma and the challenges of living in a foreign country. I also studied holistic health in the USA and this, along with my integrative training as a psychotherapist, means that I am always open to and curious about what our bodies remember and what our chronic illness or our bodily symptoms might be trying to communicate to us. Above all, however, I am interested and open to everyone's uniqueness and individual story.
My previous careers included Account Planning for advertising agencies in London and San Francisco and Campaign Co-ordination for an animal charity in the UK.
I have a friendly affectionate calm dog. He is happy to meet with you and/or sit with you in your sessions if you find that this helps you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My current availability is between 8.30am and 4pm Monday through Friday
Types of client