Carole Howells CHanges Counselling Support
Hello you. Welcome to my profile. My name is Carole, I am a qualified, well trained and experienced Person Centred Therapist.
What does that mean to you?
Possibly nothing at all, more confusion at a time when you may be experiencing problems and want someone to provide you with the answers.
I'm all too aware how puzzling and alien researching a Counsellor can feel. Please believe I am here for you, and am committed to hearing what you need, and telling you honestly if I feel I can help you, or sign-post you to someone who may be better placed to.
I offer a warm, safe and confidential space in which we can explore the issues which may be preventing you living your best life, and am happy to answer any queries you may have prior to an appointment, our first session will be offered at a reduced cost, so that we can meet and decide if we can establish a trusting, open and honest relationship which I consider essential to us working together towards solutions to the issues troubling you.
I believe you do actually have the answers, and that what I can offer is a non judgemental and empathetic environment in which to walk with you as you learn more about yourself.
You've bravely taken that first steps, in admitting you may need some support and by looking here for help.
If you feel I'm the right person to give you the support you need, please contact me using which ever way suits you best, phone call, email or text. I promise to get back to you, if you leave a message, as soon as I am able.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and well trained and experienced counsellor, a member of the NCS whose strict code of ethics I strive to adhere. Fully insured and well respected locally, having gained my degree, here in Durham.
My personal experiences include an unhappy childhood, living in an abusive home, being a single mum, the death of my son, redundancy, divorce, losing friends, and suffering ill-health. I am now happily married, with 2 children, grand-children and a job I love and a genuine desire to help others.
Professionally I have trained and worked within an organisation called Place2Be, a charity imbedded in schools throughout the country, offering counselling to children living often chaotic lives, coping with poverty, family break-down, domestic violence, addictions, bereavement and loss, which can effect their behaviour and attitudes towards learning and thus reduce their chances of academic and personal success.
I also have experience of supporting many teachers as they struggle to cope with the stresses and anxieties of dealing with such children within the classroom as well as their own personal stories.
I have counselled parents struggling with the challenges life has thrown at them, helping them to better understand their own needs as well as those of the children they care for.
I also volunteered for 5 years at a local Hospice and am specifically trained in Bereavement & Loss, though many of the topics discussed often have more to do with life than death, including regret, relationship break-downs, anxiety and stress, anger management, addictions and sexual problems.
My private practice has included childhood trauma, self harm and suicide ideation, addictions, separation & divorce, miscarriage and infant bereavement, I feel ready and able to deal with whatever you bring, whether it be panic, general anxiety, an overwhelming sadness or just trying to deal with a current situation.
I believe myself to be approachable and un-shockable, having the sense of humour and down to earth attitude to be able to offer you a comfortable, safe and accepting place for you to just BE.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial "counselling agreement" session will last about an hour and will cost £25
subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes at a charge of £45.
Charges for home visits may be higher depending on location.
Concessions apply, based on ability to pay, and discounts offered to students, benefit recipients etc