Carol Paton Accredited Member Of The BACP.
I am an accredited member of the BACP. I have a diploma in Therapeutic (Psychodynamic) Counselling with over Fourteen years experience working in a variety of different settings. I set up my private counselling practice to ensure that I can provide you with the best level of care as well as having the freedom to work through any difficulties you may have in a way that meets your needs.
At some points in our lives, we can feel as if we are struggling to cope. Counselling can provide a safe and non-judgmental place where you can explore your difficulties and experiences. It can help to have another person to talk to who respects who you are as an individual and who can help guide you towards identifying and understanding any issues. This will help you to feel more empowered and more able to make positive changes in your life.
I offer both long and short term counselling. Sometimes a small number of focused sessions can be enough to clear your mind, enabling you to find a solution that helps you to think and move in a more positive direction. Other times having counselling for a longer period can be beneficial as it gives you time to explore and to work through any issues or problems in your own time.
Counselling can help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you. It may be past experiences that are troubling you or more recent difficulties that you are struggling to cope with. These can be worked through, in a comfortable and secure environment, with someone who will listen to you and value what you say. This can enable positive change and a more rewarding way of living.
If you feel stuck and that you are struggling on your own, do not hesitate to call or email me. I can help you through these difficult times, enabling you to move forward and to take control back of your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
- I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics. I am supervised by a qualified supervisor as part of my commitment to ethical practice.
- I regularly undertake workshops and short training courses to support my professional development.
Some examples include:
- Anxiety Management
- Attachment Theory
- Impact of Disability and Chronic illness on our relationships
- Working with self harm
- Couple Dynamics
- Counselling adolescents in the youth sector and in schools.
- 5 years counselling adults who were under the probation service.
- Counselling adults with mental health issues in the substance misuse field.
- Counselling in private practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- 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)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My areas of interest include:
People who are coping and living with long term health conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.
Those who are caring and supporting friends or family with long term health conditions.
The effects of stress and burnout and how to start the recovery process. Sometimes having high-stress levels or high levels of anxiety for prolonged periods of time can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health.
Those who have suffered a miscarriage or multiple miscarriages.
The effects of infertility on your life and how to cope.
Those facing the challenges of childlessness.
My fee is £45.00. It will be a 50 minute session.
There are a limited number of reduced rate appointments for students. Students rate is £35.00.
Appointments offered start at 9am. The last appointment time offered starts at 4pm.
Appointments are available for Saturday mornings between 9am and 1am.
Barnabas House is a warm and welcoming place where you can feel safe and secure. You will be greeted by a receptionist and shown where you can wait and relax until your appointment.
Barnabas House is a five minute walk away from Gillingham train station and opposite a bus stop. We are also situated closely to a large car park.
I am registered with the Information Commissioners office, the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest and to ensure that i comply with data protection requirements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer daytime appointments Monday to Friday. There are also appointments available for Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|