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 BACP, 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 currently volunteer with 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 couple counselling, self harm and suicide ideation, addictions, separation & divorce, miscarriage and infant bereavement, I feel ready and able to deal with whatever you bring.
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.
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.
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 £40.
Charges for home visits may be higher depending on location.
Concessions apply, based on ability to pay, and discounts offered to students requiring Supervision.