About me

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.

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.


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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

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.


Additional information

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.


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)

Further information

I work from home in a quiet environment.

Parking available.

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.

Old Eaton Road
WS15 2HA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have a Diploma In Clinical Supervision (2009) and work from an Integrative approach but have experience in supervising therapists using most psychological models.

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Carla Thompson

Carla Thompson