Carolyn Louise Priestley
I am a Person-Centered/Integrative Psychotherapist I offer Adults, Male, Female, Senior Citizens. Trainee Counsellor’s, Parents, those with Physical Disabilities their carers, as well as Trauma Survivors and those who present with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and other forms of Childhood Trauma and those who have an interest in the Expressive Arts Movement and lastly Young People a completely Professional and Confidential Counselling Service. My aim is to enable clients to feel safe to explore personal issues of any kind. I hope that I can create a space where my clients are encouraged through our therapeutic relationship to do what is right for them.
It is my hope that should you choose me as your Companion, Support Person and Therapist. We can start out together, at your pace, on your own 'Unique Journey with the aim of enabling you, (through my active demonstration of the Core Conditions and your willingness to be open to your experiences)we can begin to eventually get in touch and work with your inner resources with the purpose of beginning to develop new strategies for experiencing a deeper relationship as well as a comprehensive understanding of yourself,which will result in a process of lasting change.
Dr Carl Ransom Rogers (1902 -1987) the pioneer of the Person-Centred Approach believed that there needed to be three Core Conditions present within the therapeutic relationship. These Core Conditions are known as:-
- Empathy - Ability to walk in your shoes
- Congruence - To be honest and genuine
- Unconditional Positive Regard - To accept you as you are
What To Expect The first step is for us to arrange an initial Assessment Appointment. This appointment is for us to be able to meet each other and discus what has bought you to seek counselling and for me to answer any questions you may have. We will discus your needs and issues you want to focus on, if for any reason I am not able to give you the support you need I will help you to find someone who can.
The decision on whether we continue after this session is up to you. If you are comfortable to continue we start with booking 6 sessions. We can continue with further sessions after this, but you are under no obligation to continue if you don't want to. Counselling is about you, and you make the decisions not me.
I know what it feels like to start counselling with a stranger, so I make my sessions as welcoming and comfortable as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I began my training to become a Person-Centred/Integrative Therapist in 1998/99 with the Introduction To Counselling Skills and Theory Level 2 (Open College Network). This was followed by the Counselling Skills Certificate (University of East Anglia) in 1999/00, concluding with Counselling Training Initiative (CTI) Diploma in Counselling Level 3 awarded in June 2004 following practice completion (College of West Anglia, Kings Lynn)
My clients whom I see from my home in Swaffham as an Integrative Psychotherapist
- Single Living Alone, maybe Male. Female, Parent, Senior Citizens, Trainee Counsellors, Young People, People with Physically Disabilities and their Carers, and those who are Trauma Survivors, who present with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and wish to explore the use of Expressive Arts as a way of coping
- Married/Divorced Separated - Are you looking for a listening ear
- Feeling Lonely isolated due to a loss by a move or unexpected bereavement, Need support from me, and agencies eg. Age Concern, Silver-line, Esther Rantzen
Who Present With Issues Such As
- Having an Anxiety Disorder Feeling Depressed - Reactivate Clinical Postnatal, Psychosis, Mental/Behavioral Disorders.
Experiencing Suicidal Feelings/Thoughts & Ideation (actual plan to end your life)
- Life Transitions and How cope/or struggle. Illness, Disability, Unemployment, College of new age, retirement, Twilight years, Fear of Death and End of Life Care
I have as part of my Continuing Professional Development which is a requirement of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) to complete at least 30 hours of CPD per year with the aim of keeping my Skills and myTherapeutic Tool kit current and relevant to the clients who I seek to support. Below is a list of some training (although not exhaustive) which I have already completed.
Brainspotting - Enhance Performance and Heal Trauma - David Grand.
Overcoming Anxiety - Psychology and Approaches - Sue Benson.
Dementia Awareness - Olivia Corrie
Dissociative Identity Disorder and am looking to do more in the future. In 2016 I attended a Pods (Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors) Training Event which focused on Dissociative identity Disorder and Attachment. This is personal/professional area of interest and development. I have also attenfed a training event Run by Karen Amis looking at Suicide and Suicidal Ideation. I have skills in other areas too. I read books and take time for Self Care and Professional Development
My personality and disability enable me to feel that due to my life experiences I have a understanding of discrimination, equal opportunities and the importance of being non-judgmental, sympathetic and empathic to the real life situations of my clients. I have experience of using different techniques and skills to enable clients to explore feelings. I am committed to keeping my professional development up to date as required by the BACP
I am also a Member of The BACP. My membership No is 541906.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer support to individuals with disabilities and their carers, frie family etc on any aspect of disability. Also have experience of working with MS. As well as living with Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegia.
Are you someone who finds the Christmas Holidays anything but joyful. This might be because you have lost a Husband a Wife a Brother or Sister or other relatives, You could be worried about the societal pressures placed upton you to purchase items you cant afford, You may feel isolated and lonely and in need of someone to listen to your sense of reality, You may have grown up in an abusive home and for you Christmas was far from nice, Whatever your experiences I offer and invite you to come into a space where you can truly be yourself, and let go of what/is has been troubling you.
I am networking with Sara Lunn. Sarah is a solicitor employed by Ward Gethin Archer who have offices in Kings Lynn and Swaffham. Sarah works with couples who have children who approach her for advice and guidance to do with Separation and Divorce involving custody dilemmas and issues that require a child centred resolution. I have met with Sarah she is young and vibrant and realizes there maybe a place where Counselling could be a useful. Sarah's contact information will be given at the Assessment Appointment when we first meet
Regional Therapist (for St Giles Trust) I was approached by regional North link worker Jodie
Steavens in May 2019 to ask if I would work with some of their female clients. These women have been victims of trauma abuse including domestic violence. Jodie was in search of a suitable therapist who would be willing to support the users by offering them the non judgmental therapy they are searching for. I have a meeting with Jodie on Thursday 23 May 2019 to discuss my ongoing involvement with the North Link St Giles Trust as anIntegrative Psychotherapist I look forward to meeting the Women who are supported by the St Giles Trust.
From January 2020 I will be undertaking New Professional Development Training to enable me to Work Therapeuticaĺly with Children and Young Children in order to fulfill training requirements I am required to work with this client population so would welcome referrals from any interested parties/organisations
Concessions offered for
I give my time and share my skills for free.I want to use what I leant to help others. Even though the above is given free I feel this in no way changes the service being offered. I would like to spend a little time each week offering a service that gives back to others the benefits of Counselling.
M10:00 - 11:00am, 11:30-12:30, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00 (out to see client) back 17:30. 17:45-18:45, 19:00-20:00, 20:15-21:15 Closed(TPractice Closed) W14:00-21:15 Th.(as M) F 10:00 2 21:15.
The I have level access for wheelchairs (no steps) Very spacious consulting Room. Suitable for Adults and younger teens as well as children space for Sandtray Play therapy, as well as a bright and airy space suitable for allowing access to a french window that opens out to access to a slabbed area. Suitable for accommodating Messy Play, and access to the great outdoors
Directions given when initial contact is made.
I receive Supervision from Jennie Cummings - Knight who holds an MA in Counselling.
Jennie has 9 years of Supervision experience using the Humanistic/Integrative Model.
I visit Jennie at her home on a monthly basis. She has an out door accessible space where I receive, 1.5hrs of Supervision which is in keeping and adheres to the BACP Guidelines.