Carla Holden MBACP, PGDip Counselling And Psychotherapy
I am a qualified person-centred psychotherapist. This means that you and your needs are at the centre of my work with you. I can also work in an integrative way; using expressive arts, grounding, breathing, visualisation and meditation techniques within my practice. Any work we undertake together is confidential. I work with mental, emotional, physical, existential and spiritual issues.
How can counselling help you?
Being truly listened to with empathy and understanding is the first step towards healing. Counselling makes you more self aware. As you tell your story and explore your past you gradually become aware of your own patterns, tendencies, behaviours and coping mechanisms. You begin to heal yourself through this, by addressing the roots of the issue. You begin take your power back from people and situations; becoming more confident, having higher self esteem and better boundaries.
I have had many therapy sessions over the years and this has helped me immensely. This is why I now choose to support others dealing with trauma, heaviness and fear. I know how daunting those first steps are when seeking help and meeting a new counsellor. I can offer you a safe, grounded and compassionate space to explore your world, your experiences, your pain, your discomfort and disconnection. I will empathically hold whatever you wish to explore without judgement or expectation. I seek to empower you and honour all parts of you. You decide what pace you wish to work at and what you want to bring to each session.
What to expect in your first session with me
During your first session, you will have the opportunity to share a little of what's bothering you. I will then tell you a bit about how I work and answer any questions you have. If you then decide you would like to work with me, we would go through a contract of how we will work together.
My experience and background
As a Registered Member MBACP; British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within and uphold the BACP Ethical Framework. I currently have my own private practice and I also volunteer within Counselling in the Community in Blackpool. I volunteered with Horizon for two years and gained a wealth of experience. I work with depression, anxiety, all kinds of abuse; including childhood, sexual, mental and emotional. I also work with trauma, bereavement, LGB&T issues, relationship issues, job, HIV, drug and alcohol addictions.
My background is holistic; I have training and experience as a yoga and meditation teacher, crystal therapist, and as a therapeutic shamanic practitioner.
My base and availability
*FOR NOW ONLINE & TELEPHONE SESSIONS ONLY*
I am based at lovely, custom built counselling rooms in Blackpool at Counselling in the Community, 26 Derby Road, Blackpool, FY1 2JF.
I am happy to do home visits for people who struggle with illness or mobility issues and can be more flexible with times and days.
Face to face: Tuesdays 5-8pm & Thursdays 9am-8pm. Saturday mornings: 8am-11am.
Fast Track - Appointments within 24 hours - mostly evenings
Telephone / Online: Please call me for availability.
I am more than happy to offer you a free 20 minute phone chat to see if I am the right therapist for you. Any questions, please do get in touch by email or phone. I look forwards to working with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (Cumbria University)
- Therapeutic Shamanic Practitioner (Three Ravens College)
- Kundalini Yoga Teacher (iSky)
Further training and professional development:
- Working with Complex Trauma Stage 1
- Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Stage 2
- Mental Health First Aid
- Pre-trial therapy
- Understanding Dissociation and Trauma
- HIV Awareness
- LGBT Awareness
- Addiction Awareness
- Safeguarding Adults
- Dementia Awareness
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Training
- Art of Tracking: Process-orientated psychotherapy, Voice Dialogue and Focusing
- Art of Mapping: Reichian Character Analysis and body work
- Art of Repatterning: Constellations, patterns and relationships
- Death and Dying
- IACHT Level 1 Crystal Healing
- Melody Level I & II Crystal Healing
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour
£35 per hour (concessions for Students and low wage / unemployed)
Home visits are all £40 due to car costs.
Free 20 minute phone initial chat.