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, and about my counselling 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 to both pay attention to our past (and the way our past plays out in our present), and to approaches which feed the spirit - such as developing greater compassion for the self; greater capacity for present-moment attention; and tapping into our own creativity and dreams. 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.
Counselling Outdoors: Another area of increasing interest and ongoing training for me, is in taking therapy outdoors into our natural environment. If this way of working may be of interest to you, please let me know when you contact me.
Taking therapy outdoors helps bring the natural world into the therapeutic process as another element in the work. This may be as simple as 'walking and talking', or sitting in a quiet area in the natural surroundings that feels calming, stimulating or meaningful to you, and continuing our therapeutic work there. Or it may be that we work with the immediate sensory experience of being outdoors and with imagery or objects from your natural surroundings to reflect on the issues you have brought to counselling.
Training and Experience: Before setting up my own practice in Calderdale, I worked for 10 years in Adult Services in Leeds, counselling people in crisis. My training has been primarily in the Integrative model (a model which integrates a different psychotherapeutic theories). Over the years I have also had experience of other approaches, including Psychodynamic therapy, the Crisis model, and the Conversational approach (or Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy). Increasingly these days, I am drawn to approaches which attend to the spirit and body, as well as the mind. (Please see recent CPD below)
If you decide to contact me about the possibility of working together, I will suggest an initial appointment where we can meet. This 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 ensure that the way I work will 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 a couple of questions – for example about your hopes and expectations of therapeutic counselling , or about any previous periods of distress or difficulty you may have experienced. I may ask you to tell me a little about your childhood 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 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. I 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 a beautiful 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 for a client, I'd be happy to discuss the possibility of making different 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.
If you think you might prefer to work outdoors (and we agree, after the initial indoor session, that this would be both appropriate to your needs, and helpful for you) we will contract together to do so. We will meet each week at a prearranged outdoor area that is both accessible to the public and has a variety of landscape (such as easy woodland paths and more open moorland) and continue our weekly therapeutic work there.
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. For example I am part of an ongoing outdoor therapy CPD group.
Recent CPD has also included
- Taking Therapy outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
- Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy;
- Personality Development - A Psychoanlalytic Approach
- Complex Trauma Pase 1 and 2
- Attachment Theory – Bowlby to Current Theory and Practice
- Integrated Mindfulness
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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I charge £40 per counselling session, except for the initial appointment which is £20.
I offer one-to-one counselling to people over 16.
Both daytime and evening appointments are usually avaliable.
Depending on our agreement, I can offer either brief, or longer term therapy.
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|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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