About me

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 maybe you are one of the many who are increasingly low &struggling with a growing sense of anxiety , depression &/or loss & bereavement.

For many intimate relationships (or lack of them) are suffering the strain of the long term isolation causes.  For others, historic issues from childhood trauma are re-emerging.  Relationships, Communication, conflict, clinical diagnosis,  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:

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:

Psycho-sexual therapy is a no-touch approach for relational issues. 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 past childhood abuse, 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 2 year training & 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.

ABOUT ME:

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 but for the moment am working 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. 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. 

Sessions Available:

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)
  • UKRCP
  • 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).

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.

COSRT

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.

UKCP

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

UK Council for 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.

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
                        orgasm difficulties,
                        painful sex : vaginismus etc
                        Sexual identity issues,
                        Sexual phobia or addictions
                        Survivors of abuse, peri/post menopause ,
                     
                       

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
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

Fees

£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

ON -LINE CHARGES

INDIVIDUALS:£75

& Couples £100 per session

Possible Concessions in Chesham :                                                                                        Individuals & students needing long term therapy attending before 4pm.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

SPACES AVAILABLE :ALL SESSIONS CURRENTLY ON-LINE

via ZOOM

Further information

MBACP ( senior accred).
MUKCP (accred).
UKRCP Registered Independant Counsellor/Psychotherapist
COSRT (accred) & Supervisor


AVIVA recognised Psychotherapist for Insurance work.
RSCPP
PN
EAP work

Moor Road
Chesham
BUCKS
HP5

Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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 access in Chesham possible

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

ALL SUPERVISION IS ON-LINE METANOIA INST.

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Carolyn Powell

Carolyn Powell