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MBPsS MBACP, Integrative Counsellor & Clinical Supervisor

About me

I am trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamics. I specialise in Relationship and Family Counselling, Dementia and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, work-related stress and breakdowns. I also have vast experience of bereavement counselling.

I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and am a member of the British Psychological Society.

I offer individual therapy, couple Counselling, family therapy and Supervision.

I also offer family/group therapy (up to 4 people) for people who have recently been diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer's and their families/friends.

I have many years experience (9+ years) of working with Carers/family members who care for their loved ones who are living with Dementia. When caring for a loved one, our own emotions and feelings can sometimes be forgotten. However, by having the opportunity to offload it may help to come to terms with the loss of the person they were before Dementia.

I have vast experience of working with clients living with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and work-related stress. By offering open-ended Counselling sessions, this has aided my clients to build themselves up from needing a length of time off work, to continue their working life or create a new work and life journey.

Please see Testimonials at the bottom of this page.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology
  • Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
  • Introduction to Counselling Level 2
  • Introduction to Couple Counselling
  • QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care with Dementia
  • Adult Mental Health First Aider (2021)
  • ZSA Suicide Awareness Training
  • Deafblind Awareness Training 
  • Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease
  • Understanding Autism
  • Caring for Older People
  • Promoting Health: Skills, Perspective and Practice
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
  • Many Faces of Dementia
  • Living Well and Creatively with Dementia
  • Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Virtual Dementia Tour Course
  • Understanding Dementia
  • Drug Awareness Course
  • Safeguarding Level 2 Course
  • MiDAS training
  • Manual Handling Course

I have been working and volunteering as a Counsellor for over 7 years now and I have rounded experience in helping and working with clients through a variety of issues. I aim to provide my clients with the best therapeutic process in order for them to gain the most out of their counselling sessions.

I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and have experience of working with Carers, people living with dementia and their families.

I have previously worked with adolescents (2 school years) in Senior schools, by having one-to-one sessions, covering a variety of issues, including bullying, self-harm, abuse and young carer role.

I feel by having hands on experience, personal experience and professional experience, helps me to be more empathetic.

I was a Dementia Support Worker and a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Practitioner for over 3 years and I have experience of running 24-week CST (http://www.cstdementia.com) programmes for clients that have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia.

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).

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer relationship counselling for members of families who have a loved one that is living with dementia. For example, siblings of a parent or a spouse and daughter/son of someone living with dementia.

By having the opportunity to offload and express feelings of being in a carer role and coming to terms with the loss of the person they once knew, could help families work more closely together and give them the opportunity to offload.

I offer Online therapy via WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, so am able to offer counselling at more flexible times and days.

In addition, I have a counselling room in Chelmsford, Southend and offer Walk and Talk therapy along Southend Seafront - sea air can do wonders for relieving stress and tension, which I feel can only add to the therapeutic process.

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Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 - Individuals per 50 minute session for online therapy

£45 - Face to Face (Individual)

£45 - Relationship therapy per 50 minute session for online therapy

£50  Face to Face (couple)

£55 - Family Therapy per 50 minute session for online therapy

£60 Face to Face

£40 - Supervision for 60 minute session - online (£45 Face to Face)

£55 - Supervision for 90 minute session - online (£60 Face to Face)

Concessions available

When I work

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Further information

I am fully insured and have current DBS checks.

Please contact me via mobile or email and I will respond as soon as possible. We can either book a session  at a mutually convenient day and time or have a 10 minute chat before booking a session.

Testimonials

“Cara is astute and has a good insight.  Counselling has helped me to think with greater clarity as what feels like huge issues are brought down into context when discussed and shared.  I think Cara is a gem.  It is rare to find such a great standard in Counselling”, Client A

"I was fortunate to find Cara through the Counselling Directory. Throughout my sessions she has been professional, non judgemental and of immense help to me. She has got me thinking and enabled me to reach my own conclusions. I would have no hesitation returning to her or recommending her to others", Client B

"Without your guidance I don't know where I would have been! You have helped & guided me with your empathy, warmth & patience more than you will ever know!  So I want to thank you very much", Client C

"I have been having counselling for a while now and feel really comfortable with Cara. She is calm and listens without judgement. It has helped me a lot with my grief and depression. I can freely get all my emotions off of my chest", Client D

"I was in a dark tunnel when I first met with Cara. She's very easy to open up to and after several sessions she gave me some great coping mechanisms. At the end of each session we would always discuss what we'd talked about, which was good. I would fully recommend her as someone you can really open up to. I'd definitely go back", Client E

"I have recently completed successful counselling, lasting a number of months, covering a wide aspect of my life. Cara is a very well trained professional who managed my circumstances well, offered the needed support when appropriate. I would have no hesitation in recommending her", Client F

"Cara has really helped me understand and uncover my feelings about my situation and relationships, as well as helped me feel much better about myself. Her insight and intuition in reflecting my inner thoughts that she heard while I talked, was extremely helpful. Her kind and gentle nature and being so easy to talk to made my sessions something to look forward to", Client G


N.B Clients are aware their feedback appears anonymously.

14 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1HZ

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

N/A as via telephone or online.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I am a fully qualified Clinical Supervisor

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