Carol Harrison, DIP (couns), MBACP
I am a member of the British ;Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the ethical framework.
As a therapist I believe we all have unique abilities and the potential to solve our own issues we just need support to remember that sometimes when life throws hard times our way, we can easily forget our own power, feeling overwhelmed; stuck, at the mercy of events. Counselling is a process to help you resolve difficult feelings, gain a clearer understanding of your problems. I will support your journey within a very safe environment through a genuine and honest relationship, which will promote a self fulfilling and self healing process.
Sessions for children and young people may differ from counselling for adults, and will depend on your child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. The Play therapy sessions are facilitated through sharing feelings/role play and creative drawing, just to name a couple. In all instances the counselling will be adapted and tailored to meet your child's needs.
I can also offer family support sessions to help support the family's needs should you feel a more holistic approach may be more beneficial.
"Thanks Carol for your support over the past six weeks, I was a sceptic at the beginning, and didn't really believe that 'talking' could possibly change anything. Whether I ever change to be a 'half glass full' person, only time will tell but I am definitely leaving the sessions more positive and determined to continue on a better path" JN
"Carol has worked as a therapeutic counsellor in a freelance capacity at our school for over 3 years. Carol has developed excellent relationships with all of the staff and children.
At school we have seen a huge impact on the children Carol has worked with. Carol‘s work isn’t about “solving or sorting” every child but, her sessions go a long way to giving the child the ability to work through their own problems and to be able to have strategies to cope better in life" LM
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person centred therapist
(BACP Accredited Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Self harm (Harm-ed) (NHS)
Level 3 social care
Professional Lead Training
Mental Health (mhfa-Mental Health First Aid)
Safe Talk & Prevention of suicide (Assist Trained)
Play Therapy (Places 2 Be)
Therapeutic groups with children (Places to Be)
Incredible Years Accredited Training - Importance of play and promoting parenting strategies (Outlined at the bottom of the page)
Using a Trauma Informed Approach to address the impact of complex trauma on families (Workshop)
I have a wide breadth of experience and safeguarding knowledge ranging from adult mental health services, GP practice, youth services, primary and high school settings, altogether of over 11 years experience.I have experience of developing and managing groups that are considered vulnerable and need specific support. I currently provide therapeutic counselling for young children, adolescents and adults and occasionally drop into group work sessions when I am needed. During this time, I have consistently updated and extended my training.
Other training include:
Safeguarding consistently updated 123, Safe guarding vunerable adults, Equality and Diversity, Domestic Violence, Autism/ ADHD Training Awareness, Child Exploitation, Sensory Awareness Training (Communication) Deaf and Blind, WRAP (Prevent), Telephone Counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Counselling sessions are at a cost of £30phr, this allows time for your arrival, settling in time and check out. Prices are not necessarily set in stone, depending on individuals needs and circumstances.
Should you wish to book block session of six or more, a discount of £5.00 per session would apply but only on payments that have been made upfront and this only applies for adults.
Play therapy / Counselling sessions and Family Support Services
An Initial referral/assessment is a very important part of the process which can take up to an hour at a cost of £15.00 (0ne off payment), this will help you to decide if my service will be beneficial to you and your child, and will also determine if you feel that I can meet your child's needs. This will give you opportunity to ask me any questions, alleviate any worry or concerns, and also help you think how you would like to move forward because it can be a very unsettling time for both parent and child therefore please allow an hour for the appointment - Thank you
Child between 4-17 - Play Therapy/ counselling sessions at £30ph - This service gives the child opportunity to talk about how they are feeling, in a confidential environment. The child is able to express, feelings, concerns and worries through various ways which will be solely to meet the needs of your child
Child between 4-8 year of age
Family Support - This service offers a unique way of working which help supports parent caring for child, and supports child with emotions, that they are struggling to express. This service is carried out in the child's own home where they feel safe and more settled within there own surroundings. The work is a joint effort between the three parties, parents, child and therapist. The first 40 minutes is spent with parent at the start of the session and the last 50 minutes is spent with child whereby I will engage child with play therapy - Total cost is £40ph for 1 and half hours. All services are in the strictest confidence and a contract will always be carried which will protect your confidentiality
"Do I need counselling?"
People often ask, ‘do you think I need counselling?’ It’s difficult to answer this. If someone tells you “you need counselling” it can make you feel that your problems must be really bad. The decision to see a private counsellor is always a matter of personal choice rather than something you “must” do.
A better question might be "would I benefit from counselling?" Many people, whatever their situation, have found counselling extremely helpful. It tends to be more useful, more effective and more successful if you have chosen to come because it feels like the right thing for you, rather than someone else telling you to go because you ‘need’ counselling.
"Should my child see a therapist?"
Children and adolescents can often find themselves needing support to cope with a wide range, and often complex social issues, such as family breakdown, emotional and behavioural difficulties, health problems, bullying, abuse, bereavement and loss among lots of other issues. These difficulties can also impact on the child's physical problems such as poor sleep, lack of appetite, social isolation, self harming behaviours, sometimes feeling alone and unable to cope.
Benefits to play therapy
- Allowing the Expression of Feelings
- Encouraging Creative Thoughts and New Ideas
- Allowing the Development of Healthy Decision-Making Skills
- Enabling the Communication of Problems and Concerns to Others
- Supporting the Learning of New Ways of Thinking and Behaving
If you wish to make an enquiry please ring or text me and I will return your call as promptly as I can.
Importance of play
We all need to be able to let someone know how we are feeling and what is going on inside of our minds. Often when children are struggling to find a way to connect with the people who love and care for them, or we as parents are struggling to make sense of our feelings, play/ play therapy experience can open a window and allow the child to begin to find a language which can develop better communication skills and creativity.
Skills for Playful Parenting
1. Making Time
Regular half hour slots of playtime with our children are ideal and so is a 5 or 10-minute bursts of your undivided attention and gives your child the wonderfully positive message that “I’m really interested in what’s important for you” and are the building blocks to your Childs Esteem.
2. Let Them Lead
Let your child be the director of their "play" and imagine yourself as an actor on their stage, and encourage by following their ideas.
3. Be Clear
Your child will nearly always want to play for longer than you are able
Let your child know how long you have at the beginning
4. Be Curious
A parent taking an active interest in their child’s exploration, encourages the child to feel heard and understood
"Incredible Years" Author Carolyn Webster - Stratton PH.D
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently available for sessions Friday afternoons, Saturdays till 3pm. Also various appointments in the evenings for people who work during the day.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|