Carol Calder MA Counselling, MBACP
Life can be unpredictable. Things happen, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and anxious. A crisis, a turning point in life, grief, loneliness; all can leave us subject to unbearable emotional states like anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, to name just a few.
Often daily life itself can just seem to take its toll and we simply can’t cope but we soldier on, feeling that we 'ought' to be able to. We might feel that that something isn’t quite right in our lives but we can’t put our finger on what it is. We might feel out of sorts, lost and perhaps constrained by others expectations of us. Or we might have some idea what's wrong but haven’t the energy to decide what we could do about it. Relationships can become less satisfying; life can lose its meaning.
I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor, graduating with a Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia, and then continued with my studies to complete my MA in Counselling. The Person-Centred approach means that I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. We will work together, at your own pace, to help you towards a better understanding of yourself, and towards healing.
This approach is based on the premise that we all have within us the resources to heal, and that in a supportive, trusting, therapeutic relationship this tendency can be allowed to flourish. I think that life is infinitely more complex than we often realise and sometimes we need to stop and give some attention to the way that we are living. I will work with you as a whole person, taking into account mind, body and environment, rather than just the difficulty you are currently experiencing.
What to expect
I can offer a quiet and confidential space, in an accepting environment, where you will not be judged or told what to do. It can feel quite refreshing to talk to someone who is not a friend or family member - someone to listen who can help you to hear yourself more clearly. Think of me as an empathic companion or guide on a journey towards finding meaning again.
The first session, for which there is no charge, will be a chance for you to find out more about the way I work, for me to find out a little about you, and for us both to consider how we might work together. If you decide you want to continue we would usually meet at the same time each week. But you will not have to make a decision there and then. Sessions last for an hour.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently focusing on my private practice in south west Norwich. Previously I have worked at the Norwich Centre where I counselled adults and young people age 16-18.
My previous experience includes working in a High School in a mentoring capacity with young people aged 11-18. I hold an enhanced DBS Certificate.
I have taught on the Introduction to Counselling skills course at the Norwich Centre and co-facilitated on the Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy course at the University of East Anglia.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Literature, PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, PG Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling, MA Counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
I offer an initial consultation for 30 mins which will be free. Sessions may be cancelled without charge but I would ask that you give me 36 hours notice.
Each session lasts for one hour and costs £40. Fees are payable after the session by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
If you think that I might be the right counsellor for you please do get in touch. I look forward to meeting you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Thursday, appointments available from 9am-6pm For other times outside of this please call or email me as I can be quite flexible.
Types of client