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Cara Thompson - MBACP (Charis Counselling)

Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7RJ
07756 905 451 07756 905 451
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7RJ

About me

If you are reading this, you (or your child) are most likely facing difficult life situations, feeling in pain or are distressed. Or maybe there are issues and areas in your life that you wish to change and develop. Seeking counselling takes courage, but it can be one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and can make a positive, lasting difference to your life.

As a qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I can offer you a warm, relaxed, confidential space where we can feel safe to explore whatever thoughts and feelings you choose to, all at your own pace and without fear of judgement.

I work  in a person-centred way because I believe it to be the most human and holistic counselling approach. We all experience things differently and have our very own unique personal history. That's why I work empathically, putting myself in your shoes to understand and feel from your perspective. This allows us to explore together, so you can gain further insight into your situation, choices and sense of self and can find the way forward that is best for you.If I know of information, resources or services that I believe may help you in this process, I'll share this with you in our sessions.

I have experience of working with adults, pre-teens and teenagers (in relation to a wide range of issues) and am passionate about what I do. Given the right therapeutic conditions, I have seen people survive and overcome their personal difficulties, begin to cultivate a strong, resilient sense of self and improve their well-being. It is an absolute privilege to be part of that journey.

I have flexible appointment times which include early evening and weekend appointments to suit individual needs. My private, ground floor counselling room is situated in a tranquil location within the village of Wollaston and there is ample free parking available outside. It is not far from the A14 and A45, offering easy access from Wellingborough, Rushden, Kettering, Northampton and surrounding areas.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications relevant to Counselling:

  • CPCAB Accredited Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Certificate of Proficiency
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problem

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

  • Safeguarding
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Sexual Abuse and Trauma
  • Children and Young People
  • Attachment
  • Suicide ASIST certified
  • Terminal Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Narcissistic and Borderline Presentations
  • MindEd training on a range of issues


  • Counsellor in general and specialised agency settings (Northamptonshire and Leicestershire), working with both adults and children.
  • Secondary School Counsellor (working with clients aged between 11-18yrs).
  • I have worked in educational settings (mainstream and special needs) for over 20 years in various teaching,pastoral and mental health intervention roles.
  • I also work as a counselling lecturer (currently teaching counselling courses and previously acting as a support tutor for Level 4 Diploma students).
  • Private Practice

Member organisations


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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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  • Free 30 minute initial session
  • £40 per session
    (Concessions available for students, apprentices, retired and unemployed individuals)

Research suggests that the therapeutic relationship is key to successful therapy. Feeling that you can trust and share your inner-most thoughts and feelings with your counsellor is extremely important, so to help you decide whether you would like to work with me (and if my approach it right for you), I offer a free initial session with no obligation to start ongoing counselling.

Please feel free to contact me by mobile or email if you have any queries or concerns. I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Further information

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their 'Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions'. This is a document (which can be found on their website:www.bacp.co.uk) that provides a secure base for our work together.

I have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service and hold an enhanced DBS certificate to work with children and vulnerable adults. I am also covered by full professional indemnity insurance.

In line with General Data Regulation (GDPR), any personal details and/or information that you send via this website, will only be used in order for me to contact you.Your personal details and/or information will not be retained for any other purpose, nor will they be shared with any other individual or organisation.

Scott Bader Innovation Centre
NN29 7RJ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Cara Thompson - MBACP (Charis Counselling)

Cara Thompson - MBACP (Charis Counselling)