Carol Whitbourn

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Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12
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About me

My training is in Person-Centred Counselling which enables the client to explore their thoughts and feelings at their own pace.It is a non-directive approach with the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counsellor. The Person-Centred Approach aims to be non-judgemental allowing the client to explore their world in a safe, holding environment. However, sometimes these explorations can evoke some difficult and painful emotions. Counselling can therefore sometimes be very challenging but can also be very rewarding and life enhancing.Central to the Person-Centred Approach is the belief that human beings have an innate tendency to grow towards fulfilment. When the conditions of acceptance, empathy and genuiness are present within the counselling relationship, this capacity for growth can begin to flourish.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate in Couples Counselling and have had many years experience of working with a variety of issues. In addition to my private practice, I have experience of working for a bereavement organisation, a local hospice and a drug and alcohol agency. I attend many workshops and training courses to enhance my understanding of various issues including:
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Working with Suicidal Clients, Understanding People who Self-Harm, Working with Addictions, Spirituality, Aspects of Bereavement, Anger and Rage, Disordered eating, Working with clients with Asperger Syndrome and Working with Couples.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 for individuals
£60 for couples
Consessions available for students and unemployed

Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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My counselling room is in my garden and there are no steps from the side access leading to it. There is a very small ridge going into the counselling room. There is a gentle sloping path leading to it.

Carol Whitbourn
Carol Whitbourn