Carol Peters MA, MSc, MBACP (Accred), UKCP
Kingston Upon Thames
As a qualified Psychotherapist based in Surbiton, near Kingston Upon Thames, London, I use approaches such as psychoanalytic, existential and person-centred perspectives; although I lean more towards existentialism. I work from my home, providing a safe, comfortable, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Initially I offer a 60 minutes assessment session where we meet to explore how we can work together and for you to decide if you would like to commit to counselling. After the initial meeting we can decide to work on an open ended basis, or for an agreed period of time for 50 minute sessions.
I help clients explore their emotional difficulties by firstly attending to the 'here and now' and in doing so facilitate ways and strategies to help cope with such difficulties. When you feel ready we may also look at previous experiences in childhood through to adulthood to get a sense of why these experiences may influence and impact present day circumstances.
Troubling thoughts and emotions may be triggered by relationship issues, illness, stress, bereavement or family circumstances. It may be that feelings are difficult to express; they may cause distress to others, or the feelings may be so overwhelming that life seems pointless. As these feelings may be difficult to express to ourselves and to our nearest and dearest, our work involves expressing these in a safe, non-judemental and supported environment.
Existential Psychotherapy is a dynamic approach which looks at unconscious and conscious forces, motives and fears that operate within us. Our task therefore is to uncover these conflicts and to make sense of them. The givens of existence will be explored and we will deal with four ultimate concerns in therapy:
- Existential Isolation
Emotional 'openness' is the key and this takes time and building of trust. Once we venture along this path of emotional openness, defence mechanisms, such as anxiety subside and emotional resilience takes shape to bring forth a contented and self assure sense of Being.
How to get started with therapy.
The first thing to do is to call or email me so as to set up an initial session where we explore what brings you to therapy and what it is that you want to get out of it. After the first session, you can decide if you wish to continue, and if so, we would arrange future sessions; it could be weekly or on a more casual basis. Whether you decide you would like short term or long term work-it's entirely up to you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- PG Certificate in Supervision
- MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- MA in Shakespearean Studies (King's College, London)
- BA(Hons)English Literature (Kingston University)
Accredited Member BACP
Registered Member UKCP
Honorary Staff Counsellor for Kingston NHS Hospital Trust.
Counselling in various GP practices.
Counselling in various colleges and further educational settings.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP). I am bound by their codes and ethical frameworks for good practice. Furthermore, I carry professional liability insurance and receive on-going supervision so as to maintain professional development and good practice.
Continuing Development includes:
- Couple Dynamic
- Advanced Practitioners Programme in Post Existential Theory, Practice and Research
- Certificate in Attachment Theory
UKCP: The Psychotherapist, Issue 62. p.39
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Sessions are 50 minutes at a cost of £55 per session.
I accept cash or cheque, or card payment. Fees are paid after each session.
Limited concessions are negotiable.
A fee will be charged for any missed appointments or cancellations without 24 hours notice.
My private practice is 15 minutes walk from Surbiton and Tolworth stations and a short bus journey from Kingston Upon Thames. Bus routes 281, 406, 418, 265 are all within 5 minutes walk as well as free street parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available during the working week from 8am-6;30 and on Saturday mornings until 11am.
Types of client