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Carole Gallagher; Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2
0742 560 7707 0742 560 7707 Registered / Accredited

About me

CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEPHONE AND ONLINE COUNSELLING

The year 2020 has really taken a toll on people and the effects of it are still going on and on.  Perhaps you have come to this page because you are feeling anxious, fed-up, worried or even numb about what is going on around you.

Maybe you may feel as if you have to wear a 'mental face mask' that no-one else can see, looking happy when really you feel sad or anxious; looking sad when really you feel nothing.  Maybe you have been wearing that mental face mask for many years and even those close to you have no real idea of what is bothering you.

Perhaps what brings you here was troubling you long before 2020, but you have come to realise that you don't want to carry on dealing with it in the same way as you did before.  Perhaps you feel pressured, left out and let down generally and at times think the only thing you can feel certain about is the amount of pressure, nothingness, uncertainty, anxiety or resentment that may await you tomorrow.

Whatever brings you here means that you still have enough reserves to want to make a change, to want to think or feel differently, compared to how you thought or felt yesterday.   By reaching forward to these pages you have already started to make a change.  Moving forward to speak to someone about what is troubling you means you have given yourself an opportunity to make tomorrow easier, an opportunity for further change.

As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I offer you a non-judgemental space in which you can explore areas of your life which are causing you difficulty, anger or sadness−whether the cause of it is from your past or whether it is because something has just occurred.

How I work:
My aim is to understand you and your situation and to ethically and empathically help you to build your own self-value and inner reserves (even if you don’t feel you have any left right now) so you can start to feel better about life.  My style of working is not to give you advice nor follow a model of silent listening, but instead I offer you an opportunity to explore and resolve your problems and concerns in an environment which offers a compassionate, respectful and sensitive response.

My approach seeks to enable you to develop your own coping skills in a way and at a pace which feels right for you.

My main theoretical model is Transactional Analysis (TA) which looks at how and why we react to situations the way we do, how we hold ourselves back without realising it, recognition that the past cannot be changed, but the way it affects us in the present and the future can be.   However, I use techniques and approaches from other models because I believe that just as each client’s personality and situation is unique to them, so too will be the process by which it feels right for the client and I to work together. 

If you have never had counselling before:
For some, it can be difficult to even think about the prospect of counselling, especially if you have always been led to believe that you should be able to solve all problems alone.  Yet it takes adult strength, courage and insight to acknowledge that some situations in life cannot be resolved single-handed or that the unhappy feelings you have now are not going away, despite everything you have tried to forget them or change them so far.  Counselling is not about telling you what to do or passing judgement.  It is about working with you ethically, non-judgementally and sensitively to make life better. Counselling is about finding and strengthening your own inner resources; and can be the first positive step forward to improving your current situation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold the following qualifications:
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling,
Certificate in Resourced Based Therapies
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
M Sc (Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy)

I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (European Association for Transactional Analysis)

and I have undergone additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Critical Incident Debriefing.

I am an Accredited Member of the BACP and I am registered on the BACP's Accredited Voluntary Register (http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/)

I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

I trained at the Metanoia Institute in Ealing; and I am a member of the following organisations and follow their code of ethics: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); United Kingdom Council For Psychotherapy; European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA) and United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA).

Over the past years I have worked with counselling agencies in Ealing, Hitchin and Watford and I have experience of working with clients with a variety of issues, such as, bereavement, phobia, depression, low self-esteem, abuse, anger issues, anxiety, relationship difficulties, life crisis events, disillusion, work based difficulties, loneliness, family illness, stress, addiction, gender issues, sexuality, panic, betrayal, general emotional loss, grief and COVID-related issues.

I have experience of working for the NHS in a setting which supports people who suffer from a long term physical health condition.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet bereavement, Critical Incident Debriefing, Reflective Practice Groups for healthcare

Fees

Individual Counselling: First session £25; second session £25; after that each session costs £45.

Telephone and online sessions: fees are payable by ONLINE TRANSFER usually before the start of the session OR in exceptional circumstances, no later than
2 hours after the session.

Further information

The first session lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour.

All other sessions are usually 50 minutes.

I hope to return to face to face sessions in the coming months.

Luton
Bedfordshire
LU2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Availability

Daytime: Thursday only
Evening appointments: (after 6:30 pm)
Monday to Thursday

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Carole Gallagher; Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Carole Gallagher; Registered Member MBACP (Accred)