Carol Syme: Reg MBACP:(ACCRED)

Carol Syme: Reg MBACP:(ACCRED)

5 Winston Crescent
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire
SG18 0ET

07465404124 / 07465404124

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About me

I offer a quiet ,confidential, safe place where you can talk to me about any issues, problems, painful experiences that are causing you upset and distress .Anxiety, 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 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 child to adult: 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:

Suicidal thoughts/tendencies

Depression

Anxiety

Addiction

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

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.

EXPERIENCE

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Fees

        Initial assessment at a lower fee.

        £35 per 50 minute session.

        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.

        Maps & Directions

        Biggleswade, SG18 0ET

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None

        Accessibility

        Wheelchair access: Yes

        Availability

        I am available 8-9 a.m :5-9 p.m on Monday to Thursday. Also Friday from 9 a.m-9 p.m. Weekends from 9a.m-7pm.

        Types of client

        Children
        Young people
        Adults
        Older adults