Cara Bruce

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MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Whitstable, Kent, CT5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you feel alone and have no one to talk to? I offer one to one counselling and couples therapy and family therapy in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment located in Whitstable. I offer a free 30 minute consultation. Discounts for trainee counsellors and those with limited income.

Are you going through a difficult time at present? Are things getting on top of you? I am here to listen and understand and support you with whatever you feel you need to talk about and explore.

We can often find ourselves feeling alone, distressed, overwhelmed and unfulfilled and unable to cope with difficult periods in our lives. Making time for yourself through personal counselling can help you value your experiences, make sense of your thoughts and feelings, actions and reactions. I am here to listen and support you and help you to make positive changes in your life. My aim as a counsellor is to help you explore whatever difficulties you may be experiencing. My reflective and confidential practice provides a warm empathic understanding and non-judgemental space where you can gently explore ways to bring meaning, understanding, awareness and hope into your life.

I am a very thoughtful and warm counsellor and have worked with a wide range of clients, men, women, young people, children ,couples and families. By gentle exploration I work to support you through counselling to make sense, find meaning and to encourage ways to understand and move you positively forward.

My counselling practice provides professional qualified interventions that deal with many problems. I am a fully qualified counsellor and a fully qualified Clinical Supervisor with a person-centred background, and I work in an integrative way bringing a variety of counselling approaches together that suit the needs of individual clients. As well as running my own private practice, I work in public health and charity settings. I have a solid background working in a secondary and Sixth Form school counselling students. I also work for YCT (Young Concern Trust) counselling children and young adults.  

I offer 50 minute one to one counselling on a short or long term basis. I regularly review our work together to make sure you are getting what you need out of the therapeutic process.

I offer discounts for students and student counsellors and those with limited income. I would be happy to discuss this with you.

I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge which will give us both the opportunity to explore how you would like us to work together and what you hope to achieve out of counselling.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Membership no: 802690) and adhere to the BACP code of ethics.

I am fully insured and have regular supervision. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I have full public liability insurance. I attend regular CPD (continual professional development) training courses.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Introduction to counselling skills
  • CPCAB Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
  • CPCAB Level 3 certificate in counselling studies
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 
  • Accredited Certificate in Clinical Supervision 
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aider
  • Qualified school Counsellor 
  • Qualified Sixth form Counsellor 
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in mindfulness training
  • Certificate in drug and alcohol awareness training
  • Certificate in substance misuse and harm reduction
  • Specialist in drug and alcohol addiction
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Survivors of suicide
  • Family/Systemic Therapy
  • Certificates in safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • Certificates in safeguarding of vulnerable children
  • Certificate Level 2 Advanced Safeguarding Adults
  • Certificate Level 2 Advanced Safeguarding Children
  • Certificate in Counselling Couples
  • Certificate in Complex Trauma and Attachment Disorder
  • Certificate in Complex Trauma, Traumatic Bonding and Attachment
  • Certificate in Poetry for Positivity
  • Certificate in The Creating Safer Space Foundation Module in Safeguarding

I have experience of working with many issues, such as:

  • Addiction
  • Substance/Drugs abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anger
  • Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Emotional and sexual abuse
  • Childhood trauma
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexuality
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Survivors of suicide
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
  • Disabilities
  • Eating Disorders
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Hearing Voices
  • Transgender issues

My experience includes working with Adults, couples, young people and children and families of all genders. In addition to running my own private practice I carry out work on behalf of a charity Young Concern Trust (YCT) counselling children and college/University students. I have a solid background working as a counsellor in a secondary school counselling students and Sixth Form students with a broad range of difficulties. I worked for ADAS, a drug and alcohol agency for three years counselling and supporting individual adult clients experiencing drug and alcohol abuse and recovering alcoholics.

I have experience working and supporting clients diagnosed with schizophrenia and personality disorder. I have experience working with Transgender issues. I am a specialist in alcohol and drug addiction. I am a fully qualified mental health first aider.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

Additional information

  • £45 per 50 minute one to one session
  • £65 per 50 minute couple counselling session
  • £90 per 50 minute family counselling session
  • Fees for supervision £50 per hour or £75 per 90 minutes 
  • Discounts for students and those with limited income
  • Discounts for trainee counsellors
  • Fees can be paid weekly with cash or via bank transfer
  • Day and evening sessions available Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm
  • Home visits are available for the less mobile.

Please feel free to contact me for further information. I am here to listen and help you make the first step to alleviating your difficulties and concerns.

Contact

To contact me please telephone or text 07751 401731 (if I do not answer please leave me a message as I may be with another client, I will contact you within the hour)

Email: cara0615@talktalk.net

When I work

Monday-Friday 8am-9pm. Daytime and evening appointments available.

Support Care Therapy, Whitstable, Kent, CT5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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There is parking available directly outside

Additional languages

none

Online platforms

Whatsapp

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Qualified Clinical Supervisor. Accredited Certificate in Clinical Supervision. I offer supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors

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Cara Bruce
Cara Bruce