Hello, and welcome.
My name is Carola. You may be looking at this site because you are thinking about seeing a counsellor. Here is some information about me, my counselling experience and therapy practice.
My approach: When I first meet a client, I seek to understand at a deep level, exactly what is wanted and needed. I listen with attention and empathy, working collaboratively with you in a way and at a pace that I believe will be most helpful.
My way of working is both to pay attention to our inner lives, our past (and the way our past plays out in our present) and to the need of every client for a foundation of security and stability to be built within the counselling relationship - particularly if there is any trauma in their past.
I am also interested in approaches that feed the spirit - such as developing our ability to ‘be on our own side’, a greater capacity for present-moment attention; and tapping into our own resourcefulness, and creativity. These all help develop our resilience and insight, our capacity to care for ourselves, and to nurture our relationships with those who are important to us.
The natural world and the arts can also give can give us sustenance and access different parts of ourselves. While we are part of the natural world, we often feel cut off from it in some way, and this can negatively affect our sense of wellbeing and wholeness. Reverie, and metaphor, in indoor or outdoor landscapes can be helpful ways into understanding our rich inner lives, and replenishing our spirit.
Counselling Outdoors: I am trained to counsel people outdoors. From July I will be returning to counselling outside for people who’d like to do so. If this way of working may be of interest to you, please let me know when you contact me.
Training and Experience: Before setting up my own practice in Calderdale 5 years ago , I worked for 10 years in Adult Services in Leeds, counselling people in crisis. My training and approach is primarily Integrative. That means instead of working from a single core modality, I do my best to tailor and integrate the approaches I have experience of, to you, and to your specific needs as I understand them. I have worked with a wide range of clients over the years and my own therapy has been both Psychodynamic and Integrative, and my supervisors have been from psychodynamic, integrative, and TA backgrounds.
Over the years I have also had experience of other approaches, including Psychodynamic therapy, the Crisis model, the Conversational approach (or Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy) and Trauma work. Increasingly these days, I am drawn to approaches which attend to the body and spirit, as well as the mind.
If you decide to contact me about the possibility of working together, I will suggest an initial appointment where we can meet (if this is possible and comfortable for you with current Covid restrictions described below) This meeting will be a chance for you to discover whether working with me feels right for you, and is what you want. It will also give me a chance to check that the way I work could be helpful to you and is appropriate for your needs.
What happens at the initial appointment? I will greet you at the door, and we will go together to the therapy room. Once we are settled I will ask you in your own time and in your own words to tell me what has brought you to seek counselling.
I may ask you some questions – for example about your hopes and expectations of counselling, or any previous periods of distress or difficulty you may have experienced. I may ask you to tell me a little about your childhood, significant events or important relationships. But mostly I will be listening, and supporting you to describe in your own words, what might be troubling or preoccupying you.
You may also have questions to ask me about my approach and the therapeutic process, and I will do my best to answer these as clearly as possible.
Towards the end of the initial session, we will come to an agreement about whether we are going to continue working together, and whether you hope to work indoors or outdoors. If you do wish to go on to work with me, we will arrange when we will meet to begin our regular and agreed period of counselling.
Where I work:
The Wharf Practice is in Sowerby Bridge. From July I will also offer clients the option of working outdoors (see below).
The Wharf Practice is located at The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge. This area is a small, thriving complex that includes other therapeutic practices, NGO's, small businesses, a couple of cafes, and a pub.
The practice is located in an attractive old canal-side building. The room overlooks the canal, and is airy, light and comfortable. It has a large window and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is a yoga studio next door, and toilets and a washroom just down the corridor.
The practice room is on the first floor, so I am afraid it is not currently wheelchair accessible. However, if access to the venue is difficult or impossible for a client, I'd be happy to discuss the possibility of making more suitable arrangements.
As the building is shared by various organisations, there is a buzzer system at the front door to get in, and a green button on the wall beside the front door to let yourself out.
The Wharf Practice is close to a bus stop and about 10 minutes walk from the train station. There is generally parking nearby. Often there will be a couple of spaces in the carpark opposite our building and the Moorings Pub, or down by the canal. Otherwise there are parking lots elsewhere close by.
The therapy room is ventilated, and allows us to sit at least 2 meters from each other on chairs which have covers, changed after each client. We can choose to wear masks where necessary or preferred. Surfaces, such as door handles, are cleaned between each client. There is a shared washroom, with soap and water. There is hand sanitiser available in the building and always in the practice room. During this time of pandemic, it is always possible to work on zoom where necessary or preferred.
Other options: Zoom as I say above, is available to us where necessary.
Also if you think you might prefer to work outdoors (and we agree, after the initial indoor session, that this would be helpful for you) we will contract together to do so. I will begin working outdoors again in July.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Manchester University)
- Counselling Skills and Group Work Certificate Course (WPF Counselling North)
- Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine (Sheffield School of Homeopathic Medicine)
- MA in Creative Writing (Manchester Metropolitan University)
I participate in regular continuing professional development courses. These have included:
- Taking Therapy outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
- Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy;
- Personality Development - A Psychoanalytic Approach
- Complex Trauma Phase 1 and 2
- Attachment Theory – Bowlby to Current Theory and Practice
- Integrated Mindfulness
- Certificate in Supervision
- Psychotherapy and the Natural World;
- Compassion Focussed Therapy.
Other CPD courses I have done in the past are:
- Introduction to Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Workshops in Culture and Counselling
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy training
- Attachment, Brain Function and Practice
- Jungian Approaches to Mind, Body and Imagination
- Working with Dreams
- Self Harm Training
- Skills for working with Personality Disorders
- Safeguarding Adults training
- Neuroscience Research Reading Group 2009-2011
Various regular in-house CPD training days, including Suicide Prevention, Working with Loss and Bereavement, Working with Interpreters, Deaf Awareness Training.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 per counselling session, except for the initial appointment which is £25.
I offer one-to-one counselling to people over 18.
Daytime appointments are currently available