Carol Thomas MBACP (Accred)
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I am a very experienced BACP accredited counsellor working privately and in NHS and GP surgery’s.
I graduated from the highly regarded WPF training and have a great deal of experience over fifteen years of counselling and working in mental health.
I hope that I can help you to find your own strengths and solutions that will make more sense of your life and the way you want to live it.
I am also a creative artist and have learned through my passion for art, my training, and own personal journey that there are many perspectives in life.... Every person is unique with their own history, so together we can reflect to find YOUR best solution and meaning.
I will listen to you carefully and try to understand how you are feeling.
You may be able to share things that you cannot say to family or friends; anxious panicked or depressed. I provide a safe space and place to work through things that you may be frightened or even ashamed about. My style is to help you to be creative and together we may find new ways to look at things whilst recognizing and understanding the physiology of the body when stressed.
I will always respect your values, your freedom of choice, your sexuality, cultural background and your individuality.
To begin you can email or telephone me at any time for a short conversation to see if counselling is for you.
We can then arrange an exploratory meeting where we can discuss:
*Your reasons for coming and what you want to achieve.
*How counselling works.
*Agree fees, timings and frequency of counselling sessions.
*Answer any question and worries you may have about the process.
we can get to know each other so that you can decide if you feel comfortable enough and want to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified independent counsellor. I studied for four years to gain a solid and a practical Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling validated by the renowned WPF.
I have worked extensively in both short term and open ended therapy for the NHS in four different GP surgeries, as well as in private practice. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have much experience in working with the more serious mental health problems within a medium secure hospital setting.
I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My normal fee is around £40 per session although in some circumstances we may agree a different fee. All fees are reviewed annually.
My consulting room is in a quiet village location at Abridge. Parking is freely available at my premises.
Abridge is well connected by road to north and east London and is only 2 miles from Theydon Bois Central Line tube station. It is very accessible by road from most parts of Essex and south and east Hertfordshire.
The room has an independent entrance and is fully accessible to those with disabilities.