Carol Syme: Reg MBACP:(ACCRED)
I offer a quiet ,confidential, safe, and socially distanced place where you can talk to me about any issues, problems, painful experiences that are causing you upset and distress: anxiety disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction( drugs/alcohol/gambling/sex/food etc), fear of the future, relationship difficulties, or past issues that are still causing you distress.
My personal life experiences have been vast , sometimes difficult and very painful, and have led me to develop a greater understanding on how to help people who are going through difficult times. I have seen how people can go through the counselling process and become emotionally stronger , and live happier lives.
I have been involved, both in a voluntary and a working capacity, within a drug & alcohol agency for 10 years, in the role(s) of counsellor, outreach worker and project worker. I now have a vast understanding of the issues that arise from addiction, and have had the privilege of supporting people into recovery.
I have spent two years working in a women's' refuge, helping women who have experienced physical, mental, and financial abuse, whilst often trying to protect their children.
I have personal and professional experience of helping people who have been struggling in the role of being a parent.
I spent two years working as a volunteer in a youth club, which helped me understand more deeply the difficulties that young people can have during the transition from childhood to adulthood: peer pressure to drink alcohol/take drugs; bullying, problems at home, gender identity, school issues, and maybe just the difficulties that come with being a teenager/young person.
I have worked with and helped people with a range of issues:
Relationship difficulties (family, friends, partner, work colleagues etc)
Sexual/physical /emotional abuse/self abuse
I am trained Integratively , and use a range of methods when counselling, e.g Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on changing a persons thinking or behaviour that are causing difficulties, in order to change the feelings that are causing distress. Use of Psycho dynamic techniques helps a person to become aware that many of our present situations are related to past early experience ..Person -Centred therapy helps a person to develop more self-esteem, and better self- understanding .
Training, qualifications & experience
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
2008-2011:Trained at Oaklands College, Smallford, St Albans
2011:Achieved Higher Diploma in Integrative Counselling
2014 :Achieved B.A.C.P Accreditation
2015: Achieved Art Therapy Foundation certificate @ Herts University,Hatfield, Herts
2018: Suicide Prevention: Spot The Signs; Training: Mind In Mid-Herts.
2020: Couples Counselling :Accredited by the International Society of Professional Counsellors
2009-2011:Placement @ Resolve Drug & Alcohol Agency
(Continued counselling @Resolve until June2018)
April 2011-May 2012: Mentoring teenagers, Kaleidoscope Enterprise Ltd, Hatfield, Herts
Jan 2013-Oct 2013:Worked for The Counselling Foundation, St Albans
Oct 2011-Present: Private Practice
2018-Present :working for CBT CLINICS and MOVING MINDS: referral companies.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial assessment at a lower fee.
£35 per 50 minute session.
Concessions offered for
I offer short and long term counselling. After assessment I would give my professional opinion as to whether short or long term would be suitable, though ultimately the number of sessions would be up to the client to decide.