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They say it's all in the mind...as if that makes it any easier! Sometimes it is just a phase or a bad patch, but not always.  When it starts affecting your ability to cope with your life, professional help can make all the difference.

Every now and again nearly everyone feels as though life is getting on top of them. For some people these are transitory feelings that pass quickly but for others they are more difficult to shake off and can begin to cause problems at home and at work. I provide a safe, nurturing and completely confidential environment in which thoughts and feelings can be discussed openly, the path to resolution can become clear and the door to healing can be unlocked.  I help by listening and reflecting on a problem, and will assist you to reach a deeper self understanding, thereby opening the way to changes that are right for you.

I provide counselling and psychotherapy in a non-judgmental environment to help people address and resolve even the most complex and intractable problems. My goal is to offer support, to help people to overcome their problems, enhance their wellbeing and live their lives more fully.

I have extensive experience working within the NHS, based in a large hospital outpatient psychiatric unit, a Community Mental Health Team and as a counsellor in GPs’ surgeries. In addition, I have maintained a busy private practice alongside my work within the NHS.  I have experience of working with clients from a great diversity of backgrounds with many differing needs and requirements.

Both within the NHS and in private practice, my integrative approach to psychotherapy involves drawing on several different methods including the psychodynamic and humanistic approaches while incorporating aspects of some of the newer approaches, such as CBT. I also use both EFT and EMDR for working with trauma. 

I specialise in working with people who have diabetes.  You may be struggling with a recent diagnosis, or you may have had the illness for a long time; either way, it is a big illness and it is very demanding.  It's not surprising that it can sometimes be overwhelming!  I have had diabetes for a long time, and I really understand what you may be struggling with. 

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons)

Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (PGDip)

Advanced (Post Graduate) Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

PhD, Psychology, University of Exeter

Member UKCP

Member BACP (MBACP)

EMDR training, to final level 3

Level 2, EFT advanced practitioner

Member CMC (Civil Mediation Council)

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Further information

I specialise in working with people with diabetes - either Type 1 or Type 2.  I have lived with diabetes myself (T1D) for a very long time, and I really understand how overwhelming this illness can be.  Diagnosis can also be traumatising.

If you are experiencing diabetes distress, or any other difficulties in coping with diabetes, I am ready to help.

Cedar Court
5 College Street
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU31 4AE

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

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Dr Caroline Nairn

Dr Caroline Nairn