Carla Rymer

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Benfleet, Essex, SS7
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About me

A homely, safe and confidential service. I am a qualified counsellor with over 16 years training and experience.

Why come to counselling?

The majority of my clients come to me because they feel they've lost direction, question the point to life, are struggling with anxiety or stress and a feeling of general dissatisfaction in life. Having a safe space to talk and a chance to explore difficulties in a non-judgemental environment can make the world of difference. I am caring, supportive and reliable; providing a friendly, calm and accepting space to explore any difficulties you may be having.

What to expect from counselling

I successfully help my clients get in a better headspace and overcome the things that hold them back. During your counselling sessions, you'll be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions. I can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems. Ultimately making you more empowered.

It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution. I have had training and experience in many varying issues and can help you to-

  • cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • cope with redundancy or work-related stress
  • explore issues such as sexual identity
  • deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions
  • deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
  • deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things
  • understand yourself and your problems better
  • feel more confident

No problem is too big when you have the right kind of support.

Why I became a counsellor

I have always had a kind and empathic nature, even as a child I paid particular attention to those who seemed unhappy, wanting to help them feel better. Training to be a counsellor felt like a natural step.

I choose to train as a Person-Centred/Humanistic Counsellor because I believe that this approach respects individual uniqueness with the view to support you in finding your own meanings and solutions.

By providing this kind of therapeutic relationship you will eventually have the tools to trust in your inner feelings and experiences.
I have been trained in a variety of other counselling theories which I can integrate into our sessions to best suit your needs. I will always work with your individual needs, with no other agenda than to help you get the most from your sessions.
I also have appropriate supervision and Professional Indemnity Insurance to ensure that my work is both safe and of a high standard. Having trained on a BACP accredited course, I adhere to their ethical framework for good practice.


My practice is easily accessible. If you are travelling by car, there is a private place for you to safely park on my driveway. Alternatively there is free parking right outside .

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Degree in Person Centred and Humanistic Counselling (2011)

including the use of:

  • Existential Therapy
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Cross-Cultural Counselling
  • Focusing Psychotherapy Approach
  • Gestalt Techniques
  • Working with Young People
  • CBT Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Feminist Counselling
  • Pink Therapy
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (2008)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2007)
  • Creative Counselling approaches for young people (2009)
  • Certificate in Self Harm (Working with a young person who self harms (2011)
  • Working with Depression certificate (October 2014)
  • Relationship Psychology Course (March 2016)
  • Relationships and infertility 2018
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (2019)
  • Supporting male victims of sexual abuse (2020)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (2020)
  • Anger Management Counselling (level 3, November 2021) 
  • Understanding Autism (April 2022)

My original Counselling training continues to be enhanced by Professional Development and Training, which includes a mixture of short courses, conferences, and workshops, covering both Individual and Couple Counselling.

I have additional experience in working as a counsellor within secondary schools, as well as private practice and working voluntarily with those affected by HIV/Aids. I have had a lot of experience working with adults suffering from anxiety and depression.

I am a registered member of the BACP which means you can relax in the knowledge that I am a highly qualified professional therapist who will continually update my skills and knowledge and abide by a strict code of ethics to ensure my work is of the highest standard.

Member organisations

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual fees:

£50 per session (a session last for 50 mins)
Please feel free to call or email for more information.

I believe that everyone from any background should be able to have counselling if they are struggling with a problem. Therefore my fees are reflective of my own personal understanding of not being able to access an affordable counselling service. I know that it can be a costly process and do not want to exclude anyone from being able to get support when they need to.

Therefore I do offer some concessionary places, so please ask about this if it means you can access the help you need.

Benfleet, Essex, SS7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Carla Rymer
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