About me

Current Availability
Weekdays and evenings. 

All enquires are very welcome.

How I work

I work in an integrative way to suit the specific counselling needs of each client. Working with a wide range of issues such as, depression, anxiety, self-harm, domestic abuse, trauma, womens issues, body image, bereavement, change and loss, older people issues, relationship difficulties, identity, work related stress.

People differ we may face similar life problems and stresses that can impact on our health, mental wellbeing, relationships, and work. Yet our experience of these problems are personal to each of us. I am a genuine caring mindful counsellor who always holds the best interest of my clients at heart. I very much value diversity and respect the uniqueness of each individual. I will welcome you with an open heart and mind and can offer you a safe non judgemental counselling space where we will work together at your pace to help you explore the issues that are troubling you.

Womens Health and Wellbeing holds a special interest for me. I work with women helping to empower them to find and reconnect with a sense of their own identity which can often be lost in the many other roles they have in life.  Particularly if they have been in co-dependent or toxic relationships.  Using a strengths based approach developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help them have clear and healthy relational boundaries, develop self-compassion and practice good self-care. While building on their self-esteem and confidence  to help them recognise and acknowledge their own strengths resilience and personal life achievements.  

Mental health issues can be extremely challenging and sometimes debilitating on a persons every day life. Particularly for so many young people in our present culture of change and uncertainty. However, this does not discriminate as mental health issues can be impactful on any age group within society. Using a mindful and cognitive approach I help clients to see it is not what happens to us that matters but it is how we respond to challenging unhelpful and destructive thoughts that can result in behaviours that keep us stuck in many areas of our lives and impact on our self-esteem, confidence, decision making, relationships and careers.   

I offer clients telephone online and in person counselling whichever feels most comfortable and accesible.  Therapy can be brief up to six sessions or longer term. Sessions are flexible and open ended to suit the type of therapy required. In the first instance I offer prospective clients an initial telephone consultation which lets them  address the issues they are dealing with and to check out If am the right counsellor for their specific needs. 

I also consider individual financial circumstances whereby a concessionary fee would be charged. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Abertay University Dundee.(2015)

Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills Abertay University Dundee.(2013)

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills(2013)

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Experience

My work background has been with varied client groups both in the voluntary and public sectors working with families, young people, older people, mental health, and womens issues. I also have a work background and wide experience in domestic abuse.  I have experience in clinical supervision working with the staff at an agency supporting women children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

I trained and volunteered with the Samaritans some years ago and previously I was a volunteer counsellor for carers and young carers. I have been a counsellor in private practice for some years now and my clients have taught me so much about human resilience, inner strength and courage.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information



Currently £45.00 per 50 minute session. 

I will always consider individual financial circumstances. 


  


Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

 Tuesday and Friday  Daytime

Wednesday and Thursday Daytime and Evening

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Carol Woods

Carol Woods