Carolyn Powell.Psychotherapist,Psycho-Sexual therapy (UKCP, BACP snr,COSRT accr)
Hello and welcome.
NB. ALL SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY ON LINE.
Hi. As Covid continues to has its effects on us all in our daily lives and in our relationships, some people have enjoyed the space but many are struggling with a growing sense of anxiety & uncertainty. And of course, loss & bereavement. Whether because of work issues, home- schooling or just plain sad, lonely or alone. For many intimate relationships (or lack of them) are suffering the strain of the long term isolation Lockdown causes. Communication, conflict, children, finances, health - all are causing normally capable people & relationships to show some ragged edges.
If any of this resonates with you and you want a chance to chat through some of your issues please do contact me. With some expert support. I hope my skill set will be able to help you find some answers as life changes yet again. Do drop me a quick line/text or phone and we can start to arrange something that fits with your regime.
Its ok to be anxious at the moment- it is an anxious time , but I hope I can help you through this trying time . We all have moments when we need some help. Do also check out my website. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you are looking for someone who is a good listener, committed and there for you ~ I hope that this is something that I can offer you as an individual or for your 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.
Here’s what I offer & I hope that my skills can match your needs and help you find some peace.
Couples Therapy is for you and your partner when your relationship is feeling stressed, 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 to re-establish intimacy or just to allow you to express your needs to each other. Can’t talk about sex or what you need? Couples therapy might be the way ahead for you. Sessions are 60 mins weekly. We will start with an individual assessment and then follow through with a block of regular "together" sessions & then see what is the best way forward for you both.
Psycho-sexual therapy is a no-touch approach for relational issue. It is a specialist area of therapy which requires specific advanced training. I can offer this to you. P-S therapy looks at issues of gender & identity; 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 specialist qualification /PG.Dip in this area and am an accredited member of COSRT. See my website for more details.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: I can work with you as an individual to explore issues such as stress & anxiety, loss & bereavement, depression, and/or a whole range of sexual and relational issues. I have a lot of experience of working with trauma of various types including trauma caused from relational abuse, accidents or past experiences.
I enjoy working with people who genuinely wish to tackle issues in their lives in order to effect a change to their situation.
I am happy to work with people with or without a spiritual orientation and also those from the LGBTQ community.
I am a highly qualified and very experienced clinical practitioner, trainer. and supervisor, a UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist with an MSc & a BA +post grad qualifications & ongoing training in advanced trauma work. I also hold senior accreditation with BACP as well as being COSRT accredited -the psycho-sexual therapists’ professional body.
Originally a teacher, I now work as a private Psychotherapist / Counsellor / Clinical Supervisor/ Trainer. As a senior practitioner and, until recently, a lecturer of Counselling, I enjoy running short counselling courses, consult with local counselling agencies (one of which I managed for several years)
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.
ABOUT MY APPROACH: 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 WHERE I WORK: I am usually based in Amersham & Chesham in a quiet and secure space however as for many of us I now work solely on-line. This has its advantages for you in that it can be so much easier to arrange a suitable time for your regular session. Finding a quiet space might be more of a challenge. Of course it also increases your choice as you no longer need to worry about finding a Therapist in your location. So choose carefully and check out your therapists approach & qualifications so they suit you!!
My preference, as a Psychotherapist rather than a counsellor, 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. I expect to work consistently & regularly so will meet with you weekly - as far as is possible.
CONTACT ME: Do check out my website for more information if you are interested in my approach. 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 a "stand alone" session 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.
Monday , Tuesday & Thursday 11.30- 8pm
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- TRAUMA)
- Certificate in Trauma : Children & Adolescents
My training has included a 3 year BA(hons) degree in counselling, a 5 year M.Sc 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 significant Trauma training courses , 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 in Watford & latterly Amersham/Chesham.
- Manager of the counselling service REMACounselling in Watford for 4 years.
Until recently I was involved as a lecturer, tutor and supervisor at London School of Theology's Degree course in Counselling. I was a founder author of the REMA therapeutic model and closely involved with the development and delivery of a psycho-spiritual counselling modules & L5 theory & practice modules.
- I am a UKCP psychotherapist also holding accreditation with COSRT & Senior accreditation with BACP.
- I am a Primary Clinical Supervisor for Metanoia Institute & offer therapy and supervision for psychotherapists & counsellors and clinical supervision for psycho-sexual issues and couples work (Integrative).
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.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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
ON -LINE CHARGES
& Couples £100 per session
Possible Concessions in Chesham : Individuals & students needing long term therapy attending before 3pm.
Concessions offered for
MBACP ( senior accred).
UKRCP Registered Independant Counsellor/Psychotherapist
COSRT (accred) & Supervisor
AVIVA recognised Psychotherapist for Insurance work.