Carol Swanson MA, Dip.Couns, MBACP (Accred,) Supervisor
Are you struggling to cope and would like some help?
Perhaps you want to manage stress better or feel less anxious or understand the unhelpful behaviours that you are struggling to change. In my practice I offer you a warm, non judgemental space to talk in a way that you cannot often do with family and friends, a space where you can explore your difficulties and make the changes you want - appointments are usually available within a few days.
My background is in psychodynamic therapy which lends itself to exploring beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes. My counselling approach is integrative, this flexible approach combines different therapeutic tools to fit the needs of the individual client - although often it is the relationship with the therapist that offers the potential for change. I offer short term or longer term counselling, together we can consider the option that suits your individual needs. My practice has free onsite parking, it is wheelchair accessible and there is a public transport bus stop close by.
I have 18 years of experience and professional training on a wide range of issues, I have also worked in a variety of settings, private practice, further education, substance misuse and alcohol agencies, employee assistance programs and charities, gaining valuable knowledge in each. I have considerable experience in working with depression, anxiety and stress. My specialist area is working therapeutically with clients affected by alcohol and substance misuse, I also provide agency supervision in this field.
I will be happy to answer any further questions you may have
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training:
- Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 2013
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2015
- Post Diploma in Time Limited Counselling 2008
- BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation 2007
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2006
- Substance Misuse Counselling Training 2006
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy Training 2005
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2004
- Counselling Skills for Personal Tutors 2001
- Current Enhanced DBS Certificate
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are charged at £40.00 (50 minute session)
I am passionate about what therapy has to offer and committed to helping you find a sense of wellbeing.
I will be very happy to answer any further questions you may have - please feel free to contact me by email or telephone.