About me

"Because sometimes it's better when someone comes with you..."

I offer private, gated parking in a tranquil village setting and with no possibility of being seen or overlooked, it is the ideal place for confidential therapy sessions. The counselling room is in a renovated stable block in the grounds and gardens of Malvern View, originally an 18th Century farmhouse in the village of Apperley, near Cheltenham. 

My aim is to walk in your shoes, at your pace, and remain on your side - with the added value of seeing your life from a different angle, to help you feel more positive and achieve your goals.

Mental health is relative - no problem is too small not to bother addressing if it affects your daily life, and no problem is too big to believe it cannot be overcome. Whatever 'it' is, it will be explored.

My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is integrative, that means I have been trained to create and adapt different methods, based upon two key principles; person-centred (which looks at the here and now) and psychodynamic (which focuses on the past).

I also offer online counselling - with or without a view to moving to face-to-face. Please contact me, to find a way that works for you.

I have had the COVID vaccine.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling with Distinction from Gloucestershire University, hold Certificates in Counselling Skills and Studies from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I am currently studying for a Diploma in Criminal Psychology in relation to supporting victims of serious and violent crimes, and have experience in working in a Sports Psychotherapy capacity.

In addition to working in private practice, I worked as an Appropriate Adult for Gloucestershire Constabulary. In this role I offered support to detained adults who suffered with mental health problems to cope with police interviews and time spent in the cells.

I have spent time working in an NHS Eating Disorders clinic, helping in group therapy, and since 2017 have worked at Cruse Bereavement Care offering one-to-one counselling to those who have lost loved ones to suicide, homicide and road traffic accidents.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sports counselling and psychotherapy - supporting those who work or play sports in a professional capacity.

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Weekly 50 minute sessions at £50.00

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday -  please see website for available times

Further information

When it comes to counselling, each person’s life story and how they view the world is unique. Likewise, there is no single approach to identifying and working through a specific issue. Counselling offers you the space to discover new perspectives and can equip you with the skills you need to overcome problems

Deerhurst Road
Apperley
Gloucestershire
GL19

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

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.

A ramp is required for the step, but double opening doors allow wheelchair access.

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Carmen Roberts

Carmen Roberts