Hello, and welcome.
My name is Carola. 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 to tailor our work to your specific concerns and to build a trusting relationship between us. I give time and attention to your present experience, your inner life, your context, how the past may be influencing the present or affecting personal relationships.
For some of us it is important to acknowledge our own resourcefulness and to increase our ability to ‘be on our own side’. Others may wish to acknowledge experience of past trauma and develop our capacities to make changes in the present. Some of us may be living in difficult or painful situations right now, or feeling at risk. Some of us may feel restricted by anxiety or depression, and wish to understand aspects of the self more deeply and find greater meaning in our lives. Some may be experiencing a time of sorrow, loss or grief. Therapy can also help to develop our resilience, insight, and our capacity for present-moment attention. It can increase our abilities to care for ourselves, to make sense of our lives, and to nurture our relationships with those who are important to us.
Accessing different or unrecognised parts of ourselves can help develop our sense of wellbeing and wholeness. Reverie, creativity and metaphor are helpful tools in bringing us to a deeper understanding of our rich inner lives. Increasing our awareness of embodied experience, whether indoors or outdoors, is particularly helpful in keeping us connected with ourselves, and the world.
Counselling Outdoors: I am trained to work outside for people who’d like to have therapy or counselling outdoors. 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 in the public sector for 10 years 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 your specific needs. 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 integrative, psychoanalytic and TA backgrounds.
Over the years I have also had training in and experience of several other theoretical approaches including the Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy, embodied Trauma work, and the Crisis model. 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. If not, a zoom meeting can be arranged). This appointment 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 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 how I work or 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. I also offer clients the option of working outdoors.
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 regularly. There is a shared washroom, with soap and water. There is hand sanitiser available in the building and always in the practice room. Zoom is available where preferred or necessary.
Other options: 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.
Zoom is an option where necessary.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Manchester University)
- Counselling Skills and Group Work Certificate Course (WPF Counselling North)
- Certificate in Supervision
- 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 both short and longer courses including
- Taking Therapy outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces
- Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy;
- Personality Development - A Psychoanalytic Approach
- Complex Trauma Phase 1 and 2
- Working with Nightmares
- 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
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
I charge £45 per counselling session, except for the initial appointment which is £25.
At present some appointment spaces to see clients indoors Wednesday morning or some space on Wednesday afternoon.
I offer one-to-one counselling to people over 18.
Daytime appointments are currently available