Carole Simkins

St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1
0781 557 4073 0781 557 4073 Registered / Accredited

About me

September 2020 - While we are adapting to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 I am providing therapeutic support in person as well as remotely via phone, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom.

You may be feeling sad, struggling with anxiety or depression or experiencing difficulties in your relationships. Whatever brings you to therapy it’s a positive step in making changes to your life.

My approach is to provide a safe, confidential space where you can explore your difficulties without judgment. I am warm, compassionate and empathic and will take time to understand what is troubling you. Together we will think about you and your situation, helping you further develop your self-awareness and understanding about how you interact with others and the world around you. You may decide to make changes to your life; my role will be supportive rather than telling you what to do.

I use Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theories to inform my work. I believe that we all have the potential to develop and grow as individuals and that our unique history impacts on our present day relationships and behavioural patterns.

You can come for a few sessions to work on a specific problem or you may prefer to engage in some longer-term therapy. During our initial meeting we’ll discuss what’s best for you.

I work with individuals, couples and young adults. I also provide clinical supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors. I find it rewarding and a privilege to work with clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds and sexuality, as well as across age ranges. I have a particular interest in working with relationship difficulties and work-related problems.

My private practice is office based, close to St Albans’ Town Centre. Please do get in touch if you’d like to arrange to meet or if you need any more information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling 2001
  • BACP Accreditation 2005
  • Certificate in Couple Counselling 2007
  • Diploma in Supervision 2009
  • Certificate in Coaching 2011

I have been working privately for 13 years and qualified 19 years ago. I am Accredited by my professional body; the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I adhere to their Code of Ethics.

I trained and worked with Relate for several years and I have a Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling. I have experience of working both in the public and private sector as a counsellor and supervisor. I offer telephone counselling, having worked for many years in an Employee Assistance Programme providing telephone support to employees.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative

Fees

£50 Individuals
£60 Couples

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I am a qualified supervisor and have been providing one to one and group supervision for over 10 years.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Carole Simkins

Carole Simkins