Carolyn Powell.Psychotherapist,Psycho-Sexual therapy (UKCP, BACP snr,COSRT accr)
Hello and welcome.
Life can be a challenge and sometimes we need help beyond our usual circle of friends. Someone who is a good listener, committed and there for us. I hope that this
is something that I can offer you, an individual or in a partnership, as a highly qualified and experience psychotherapist with specialist training in couples & sexual/relational issues. I will aim to respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible as I understand how distressing it is for you to be in limbo.
There are many reasons why you might be reading this and looking for a therapist. Maybe for you it is a sense of lost-ness, world weariness or confusion. Maybe relationships are difficult at work or at home. Maybe you have simply lost yourself somewhere or are confused about your identity or sexual orientation. Or maybe it is the pressure of life causing anxiety and depression. Do search carefully and find someone that you can work with confidently.
THERAPY FOR ISSUES: I work with both couples and individuals, across a variety of issues ranging from general -but still painful - issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement & trauma ; through to clinically diagnosed issues including my specialist area of psycho-sexual & relationship therapy. (This is for relational issues including communication or relationship breakdown, sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma affecting present relationships ; gender, identity & confidence issues and more. See below for more details). I am happy to work with people with or without a spiritual orientation and also those from the LGBTQ community.
ABOUT ME: Originally a teacher, I now work as a private Psychotherapist / Counsellor / Clinical Supervisor , run short counselling courses and, until recently,have been the Manager of a counselling agency & lecturer of Counselling on a degree course.
I have had many years experience of working with a variety of people & age groups in many contexts including cross-cultural. My experiences of juggling the demands of being a mum, wife, teacher and a student as well as my own journey of self discovery have helped me appreciate many aspects of the complexities of life. I enjoy travel, photography and coffee with friends.
I am a highly qualified and very experienced clinical practitioner, trainer. and supervisor, reg with UKCP as an Integrative Psychotherapist and also hold senior accreditation with BACP as well as being COSRT accredited -the psycho-sexual therapists professional body.
I enjoy working with people and so my style is relational. I work with an Integrative model which means that I see the individual as a whole being and that our emotions, body and thoughts (including our spirituality) are complex and interlinked and so work with that in mind. I aim to work in line with your needs and I believe that a good relationship between us will facilitate the changes you are looking for. Whilst I wont be giving you the answers to your issues I hope to support you as we explore your situation and find creative ways to help you understand your issues.
ABOUT THERAPY : I work with anxiety, trauma, bereavement, depression , and a whole range of sexual and relational issues. I am happy to work with people who genuinely wish to tackle issues in their lives in order to effect a change to their situation. Therapy for me is a chance to come alongside both individuals and couples who have been traumatised by life's events and are stuck, angry or confused.
I work in a quiet and secure space and believe this environment can be a safe haven for you in which you can tackle your own issues and consider your options for a more fulfilled future.
My preference is to work longer term (10+ sessions) as that gives me a chance to get to know you well and for you to really tackle some of those deep and disturbing experiences from the past as they affect you now in your current life and relationships.
Couples Therapy: for when your relationship is feeling tired or you have lost you way as a couple. This might or might not include psycho-sexual work but often a poor sex life is a signal of something being wrong between you. Clear communication is a good place to start and I hope to help you with this in an effort to re-establish intimacy or just to allow you to express your needs to each other.Sessions are 60 mins weekly. We will start with a block of "together" sessions & then see what is the best way forward for you both.
Psycho-sexual therapy is a no-touch approach for relational issues , issues of gender or issues relating to underlying / past experiences that might be affecting your present sex life, sexuality or relationships. For example marital / relational issues, infertility, separation and divorce, emotional & communication issues; sexual functioning, performance and needs, sexual identity & experience. I can also work with you if you are struggling with the results of sexual trauma or abuse. I hold a PG.Dip in this area and am an accredited member of COSRT. See my website for more details.
CONTACT ME : I would love to hear from you so please feel free to phone text or email to arrange an Initial Assessment. An Initial Assessment is arranged at your convenience and lasts about an hour during which time you can talk through your issue and we can assess your needs together. If we "click" and feel that we can work together then we can plan further sessions and a way ahead.
Sessions Available: Monday in Amersham (1-9pm)
New hours in Chesham: Tuesday-Friday , Moor Park. Chesham
Training, qualifications & experience
- M.Sc Integrative Psychotherapy. (L8 / Middx Uni ).
- PG. Dip Psycho-Sexual & Relational Counselling (L7/ CORST/ Middx Uni)
- Post Grad Certificate in Integrative & Relational Clinical Supervision (L7/ Metanoia)
- BA (Hons) Theol & Counselling ( L6/ Middx Uni)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. (L7/ Metanoia Inst)
- Certificate in CBT (l6/ LST /Middx Uni)
- Level 1 Internal Family Systems (CCL/ USA)
- Level 1 Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM- a trauma model)
My training has included a 3 year BA degree in counselling and a 5 year MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute and a 2 year PG Diploma in Psycho-Sexual therapy and supervision training as well as numerous short courses including Mindfulness and Attachment.
My Professional Counselling experience has included working with a local counselling agency, a local doctors surgery, a Hospice Bereavement Counselling, a placement with a local CMHT and LCC Letchworth as well as my own Private Practice. I have been the Manager of the counselling service REMACounselling in Watford for 4 years.
Until recently I was Manager of REMA Counselling Watford and also involved with the development and delivery of a psycho-spiritual counselling training at London School of Theology's BACP accredited Theology & Counselling Degree.
- I hold accreditation with COSRT and offer therapy and supervision for psycho-sexual issues,
- Clinical supervision for counsellors/ psychotherapists. (Integrative)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
Other areas of counselling I deal with
PSYCHO SEXUAL & RELATIONAL : is a no-touch talk therapy ; a specific form of relational counselling. It seeks to understand the root of sexual issues and might require you to engage with a variety of exercises set which we set up together and you work through in the privacy of your own home. See my website for more details.
Psycho- sexual therapy works with singles and couples (heter/ homo- sexual) around issues such as~
Marital/Relationship problems or disharmony
Conflict resolution & Communication difficulties
Relationship puzzles and dilemmas
Physical difficulties which include, as examples:
loss of desire,
inability to have penetrative sex,
penile dysfunctions : erection difficulties etc
painful sex : vaginismus etc
Sexual identity issues,
Sexual phobia or addictions
Survivors of abuse, peri/post menopause ,
I am happy to work with:
* Spiritual Journey and offer support supervision for those in situations which require pastorally orientated oversight and confidentiality.
* Small groups
Amersham: £80 per session
Chesham :£70 per session
Couples £100 per session
Concessions in Chesham :
Individuals: some before 4pm, students needing long term therapy.
MBACP ( senior accred).
UKRCP Registered Independant Counsellor/Psychotherapist
AVIVA recognised Psychotherapist for Insurance work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
AMERSHAM : Mondays 1-9pm. CHESHAM: Tuesdays - Thursdays & Friday mornings LEIGHTON BUZZARD- Friday afternoons
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training