Carla Thompson Registered Accredited Member BACP.
I am a BACP Senior accredited psychotherapist and counsellor (1996) with 21 years experience (199 6), working in private practice. I work from home on the outskirts of Rugeley, bordering the Trent & Mersey Canal and overlooking fields on either side of the River Trent.
I am a qualified Family Counsellor (1998) and have a special interest in working with teenagers:
For them it is not just about the challenge of passing GCSEs, AS and A-Levels.Culturally, our children live in a different world than we did. The entertainment industry becomes more pervasive by the day. It portrayals of body image and the “ideal” life create unrealistic expectations for teenagers, disrupting their “normal identity development” and it can lead to depression, due to lack of self-confidence and believing they will never achieve what is expected from them.
I qualified as a Relationships and Couples Counsellor (2015) and work with couples as well as parent/ child, and with siblings.
You might decide to come to counselling with your partner or alone. Or you might have a combination of solo and couple sessions.
You desperately want to repair your relationship, both for your sake and, if you have children, for their sake also. We so often do not understand our partner’s point of view and rarely understand how our own actions contribute to conflicts.
If differs from individual counselling because the focus is on the “we” and not the “me” in the relationship, The couple begin to understand that they are both to participate by both making changes. Relationship counseling is a joint venture to better understand the relationship rather than an adversarial one.
I am a qualified Supervisor (2009), providing supervision for trainee counsellors as well as newly qualified and more experienced therapists, individually and groups (max. 4). My supervision has an Integrative approach. Trainee Counsellors are expected to attend for a minimum of 2 sessions of one hour a month or as specified by their training organisation.
As a former teacher and school governor, school counsellors are very welcome.
I am a Consultant Supervisor for supervisors as recommended in the new BACP Ethical Framework.
I have a Diploma in CBT and am recognised by BUPA as a provider of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A. (Hons), 1993
Diploma Adlerian Counselling, 1996
Diploma Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, 1997
Cert. Family Counselling, 1998
Diploma in Supervision, 2009
Diploma CBT 2010
BACP Accreditation awarded in 2005
BACP Senior Accreditation awarded in 2015 and renewed since.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Certificate 2014
Advanced Certificate Relationships & Couples Counselling (2016)
Experience as a Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist:
1996 - ongoing, with 16 years in Private Practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I provide workshops when requested by groups or organisations, on Anger and Stress management, Family processes, Communication skills and Confidence Building. Optimum number of participants: 12
Please email me for further information.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
Standard fee for counselling:
Individual: £45 daytime before 6 p.m. - £50 evening - £65 weekend (60 minutes sessions)
Couples: £50 daytime before 6 p.m. - £60 evenings - £75 weekend (60-75 minutes sessions)
I offer concessions to students and to clients who are experiencing genuine financial hardship.
Counselling Supervision: £70 (90 minutes). Concessions for trainee and volunteer counsellors.
I work from home in a quiet environment.
Limited disabled access.
Disdabled people, living within 5 miles from Rugeley, are invited to ask for counselling at home. For those living further away, I add a travel fee, depending on distance.
i also offer telephone and/or on-line counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (latest appointment), Saturday and Sunday mornings 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (additional charge applied)
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have a Diploma In Clinical Supervision (2009) and work from an Integrative approach but have experience in supervising therapists using most psychological models.