Cara Hitchcock (Dip. Counselling) MBACP
Experienced Therapeutic Counsellor currently working with and supporting adults, young people and older children in Private Practice (Chesham and Aylesbury) and for Cruse Bereavement Care. As part of my work in Private Practice and with Cruse I have experience of seeing clients covering a range of different issues in various settings including in the home, in centres and in schools; primary and secondary.
Currently based at two locations in Chesham and The Fairford Leys Centre in Aylesbury. Daytime venues have excellent Reception facilities and disabled parking.
I am very aware how we can all struggle on day after day or even years without ever seeking out any proper support for ourselves. Counselling can offer the support during these difficult and challenging periods. These periods of our lives could include times when we may be feeling a bit down or ‘blue’, may have recently been bereaved, given a diagnosis or developed anxiety, depression or an illness. Counselling can also be beneficial if you are experiencing concerns about an upcoming life event or the future.
We all experience and process feelings, emotions, thoughts and life events in individual ways and as a person-centred counsellor the way I work with you will therefore be unique and tailored to you whether it’s short term, 1 session, a few sessions or longer term. I work in collaboration with you to identify and address your needs. I can work in the ‘here and now’, with past events or future worries.
How Counselling Can Help
By choosing a person-centred therapeutic relationship I will ensure we build a therapeutic space individual to you where you will feel safe, supported and accepted for any changes you want to make.
Counselling can help you pinpoint and understand meaning behind your feelings, emotions and behaviours. It can also address any personal development concerns you may have, it can provide clarity and personal understanding, you can also gain personal insights, develop strategies, identify goals and increase self-acceptance, self-awareness, self-esteem and self-expression.
What to Expect
As a counsellor I am fully aware that talking about yourself, your problems, your thoughts and your feelings can be a daunting, uncomfortable, alien and sometimes a fearful situation to be in.
I will try to help, support and ease you through this process as much as possible, giving you as much clear information as I can as we go along. I will go through with you prior to our first meeting what to expect and I will try my best to answer any questions you may have regarding our first meeting and the process as a whole.
During our first session we will explore at your pace the reason/s you have decided to come to counselling and agree together a way forward which suits your needs.
Person-centred counselling can help you with a wide range of personal issues and problems. As we work together and as you experience the 'autonomy' within the counselling room, you may find it becomes less daunting and as a result you may feel that you want to address other issues or problems as and when they come up for you.
My part in the process is not to evaluate, judge or give you advice in any way because each client and each situation is different and unique.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Social Housing & Development
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Foundation Course (Level 2) Awareness in Bereavement Care
Certificate - Working with Children and Young People Training Course - Cruse Bereavement Care
Accredited Member - The Foundation For Infant Loss Training
Contract Counsellor at Adoption Services for Adults which is an Ofsted Outstanding Adoption Service. (Ofsted Reg No: SC463447).
Associate Counsellor with Professional Help Ltd
EduCare Child Protection in Education:
Child Protection in Education Level 2
Child Exploitation & Online Safety Level 2
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Awareness
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
This list is just a guide to some of the areas where I have supported adults, young people and children so please contact me to discuss your own personal concerns and needs.
£45.00 (£35 first session).
I provide a limited number of spaces at concessionary rates for students and those on a reduced income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime availability Monday - Friday. Evening availability (Chesham only) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Types of client