Ciara White BA Hons Counselling, Dip Psychotherapy, PGCert Supervision MBACP
- 14 years practice with young people, adults, and families in private, community, health & education settings. I have broad training and experience with diverse client groups. Client feedback and evaluation has indicated significant positive outcomes and therapy meeting desired goals for change. My supervision work facilitates personal and professional growth: one to one, groups & online. My experience as a therapist includes establishing and developing a charity, school counselling services, group work, delivering training and fundraising.
How I work
I am creative, competent and collaborative, adapting to the needs of my clients. As an integrative therapist I draw on evidence-based models such as CBT, solution-focused therapy, person-centered, psychodynamic and systemic family therapy, integrating creative approaches such as art, sand, mindfulness and narrative.
Many of my clients contact me at a point when they feel ready for significant change. I have experience supporting clients presenting with a range of issues, including: depression, feeling sad, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic, phobias, low self-confidence, stress, anger, trauma, obsessiove compulsive disorder (OCD), emotional abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, seperation, divorce, affairs, family issues, eating disorders, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, bereavement, dysphoria, identity, addictions, loneliness, challenging life circumstances and relationship problems. I work with children and adolescents with many issues listed above and other difficulties such as school anxiety, exclusion, behaviour, friendships, peers, relationships and social skills.
I currently offer training in the following areas to groups of therapists and staff in education and health settings:
- Mindfulness-based CBT in treating OCD
- Anxiety and stress: integrating creative strategies with CBT
- Promoting good mental health for children and young people: Creativity and adaptability
- Anger, rage and emotional regulation
- Understanding and working with self-harm and self-injury
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to its professional ethical framework and complaints procedure.
I am deeply committed to equal opportunities and working with diversity.
My training in counselling and psychotherapy began in 2003. Since then I completed a diploma in psychotherapy, honors degree in counselling, PGCert in supervision and numerous additional training courses, such as counselling children and young people, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy and many specialist shorter courses.
Between 2005 and 2008 I worked for MENCAP and Young Devon where I began my journey of understanding how to support people with Autistic Spectrum conditions, learning difficulties and young people with diverse needs.
In 2009 I began working on establishing Tor Support Services. With the support of the local community the service was registered a charity in 2011, and continues as a key mental health provider to children and young people in Devon. My role continues as a clinical supervisor.
I also have solid experience of setting up high quality, evidence-based counselling services in education, where the school/college manages the referrals and has 'ownership' of a well-run service; the quality and outcomes are monitored and improvements are implemented in a service which is responsive to the needs of the students and organisation. Good organisation and ongoing student-led assessments and evaluations facilitate this process.
BEFORE PSYCHOTHERAPY .....
For over ten years before training in counselling and psychotherapy, I worked in very different fields. After studying accountancy and working in finance, I was drawn to a more creative and people-orientated career. For the next few years, I worked in television & video production in a small team within a large publishing company. This role was both creative and commercial, from developing stories and co-ordinating production teams, I also produced extensive marketing materials and was involved in selling productions to international markets. I then worked for an events management company where I organised and promoted festivals and seminars. Following a move to Hampshire, and becoming pregnant with my first child, I trained as a massage therapist with a particular interest in teaching baby massage.
These diverse roles gave me invaluable experience which directly influenced my decision to study counselling and psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGCert Counselling Supervision (2012) University of Gloucestershire
- BA (Hons) Counselling (2010) (University of Plymouth)
Specialist areas of study: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Facilitating Groupwork; Working with Rage & Anger; Nurturing Soul (Transpersonal psychology); Contemporary Studies (diversity and difference); Extended study - School counselling in the UK.
- Diploma in Integrative and Relational Transactional Analytic Psychotherapy (2007)(Ironmill Institute, Exeter)
- Dip Counselling Children & Young People, Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy (2015)
- Mindfulness Certificate, 6-month course, Heartwood Training (2016)
- Certificate in Working with Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2006)
- Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (University of Plymouth) (2007)
- Certificate in Counselling (2003) (Ironmill Institute, Exeter)
- ITEC Diploma Massage Anatomy and Physiology (1999)
I have also undertaken many shorter training courses which include:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach (CBT)
- Legal Issues in therapeutic work with Children & Young People
- Higher Education Advisors conference Exeter University
- Treating Anxiety The Fear Within
- Working with Relational Trauma
- Dissociation and DID
- Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
- Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation
- Creative counselling with survivors of child sexual abuse
- Working with bereaved children and young people
- Supporting SEND in Practice
- Domestic Violence: Impact on Children and Young People
- Dealing with Distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
- Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
- Coaching 101 - Ironmill College
- Suicide and Suicidal Clients
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Cultural Aspects of integrative Psychotherapy
- Understanding Systemic Thinking
- Sand therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children: regular updates covering various - Child abuse, neglect, managing concerns etc
- Substance Abuse Awareness
- Depression and Anxiety in Children & Young People
- Understanding the Mental Health and Emotional Needs of Children & Young People
- Working with Children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition
- Health & safety and risk assessment
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per hour for individuals. £65 per 70 minute appointment for couples.
I offer a limited number of reduced fee places for low incomes.
Supervision: £55 per hour; £70 for 1.5 hour appointment.
For services to schools and colleges please contact me to discuss rates and packages.
Call 07581 337942
Appointments Monday to Fridays. Limited evening appointments.