Carolyn Powell. Psychotherapist, Psycho-Sex 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.
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 maybe it is the pressure of life causing anxiety and depression. Do search carefully and find someone that you can work for confidently.
THERAPY FOR ISSUES: I work with both couples and individuals across a variety of issues: from the more general issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement ; through to more long term and/or clinically diagnosed issues and onto my specialist area of psycho-sexual & relationship therapy. This is for relational issues including communication breakdown or sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma affecting present relationships ; personal gender, identity & confidence issues and more. See below for more details.
ABOUT ME: Originally a teacher, 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 now work as a private Psychotherapist / Counsellor / Clinical Supervisor , run short counselling courses and lecture Counselling to degree level.
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 practice locally, lecture counselling at degree level and until recently I was also the Manager of a busy counselling agency.
My style is relational. I work with an Integrative model which means that I aim to work in line with your needs and that I believe 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 in you as you explore your situation and I might even challenge when I know you well enough!
ABOUT THERAPY : Therapy for me is a chance to come alongside both individuals and couples who might feel anxious, depressed, stuck, angry or confused. 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.
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.
Psycho-sexual therapy is for relational issues , issues of gender or issues relating to underlying or past experiences that might be affecting your present sex life, sexuality or relationships. For example marital / relational issues, separation and divorce, emotional & communication issues, sexuality and 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 gel and feel that we can work together we then plan an approach and further sessions and a way ahead.
Available: Monday & Tuesday
Thursday nights sometimes available in Watford.
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.
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.
At present I am involved with the development and delivery of a Middx validated, psycho-spiritual counselling model 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 issues
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 also work with:
* Spiritual Journey and offer support supervision for those in situations which require pastorally orientated oversight and confidentiality.
* Small groups
SLIDING SCALE FEES depending on location and time:
Individuals: £70-90 (50 mins)
Couples: £90-120 (60 min session)
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 2-8pm ( mornings by arrangement)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
UKCP /BACP snr SUPERVISION for Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psycho-Sexual work ; individual & couples.