Carol Syme

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Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 4HL
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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: generalized anxiety disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction( drugs/alcohol/gambling/sex/food etc), fear of the future, ,marital, and 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.

*Data Protection : I am I.C.O  registered.

I have worked with and helped people with a range of issues:

Marital problems

Suicidal thoughts/tendencies




Relationship difficulties (family, friends, partner, work colleagues etc)

Sexual/physical /emotional abuse/self abuse

Loss /bereavement

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


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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have training in Couples Counselling and now have clients both online  and face to face.


£35.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£35 per 50 minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available  from 8am-5pm on Monday to Friday. .

Further information

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.

8 St Olives, Stotfold, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 4HL

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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Carol Syme
Carol Syme