Caroline Armstrong, MBACP (Accredited) - Counselling, Supervision, Mindfulness

Caroline Armstrong, MBACP (Accredited) - Counselling, Supervision, Mindfulness

The HolistiCentre
Broome Park Estate
Barham
Canterbury
Kent
CT4 6QX

Canterbury
Kent
CT3

07462198107 / 07462198107

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The HolistiCentre
Broome Park Estate
Barham
Canterbury
Kent
CT4 6QX

Canterbury
Kent
CT3

07462198107 / 07462198107

About me

COUNSELLING:
Counselling may not be able to change events, but it may well help you to see them from a different and more manageable perspective - often a perspective that leaves you more able to enjoy life.

I have extensive experience working with a wide range is issues, but I have particular skills and experience around:

  • Work related issues
  • People and their families who are living with life limiting illness
  • Mindfulness training

Work Based Counselling

You may be feeling unhappy at work for a number of reasons: feeling undervalued, over-stretched, bullied, lacking confidence or perhaps simply restless.  Equally you may be struggling to concentrate at work because of something going on in your personal life.  If you would like to see ways in which you might feel better about where you spend so much of your life, please feel free to contact me.  I have worked with people at many levels in organisations: senior managers, nurses; administrative staff; freelance and other professionals.

Serious Illness

You or a loved one may have recently been diagnosed with a serious illness, or it may be something you have lived with for some time.  Perhaps you keep comparing your life to the one you used to live, or the one you had planned. Maybe it's all just terrifying, or you find yourself overwhelmed or irritable with yourself or others.  We may not be able to change events, but counselling does offer a chance to talk things through and often see things from a more helpful perspective.  I am very experienced in this field, so if you would like things to change please make contact.

Where I work
I work from two sites in the Barham/ Wingham area, which provides easily accessible counselling from Canterbury, Folkstone, Dover and most of East Kent by car. The HolistiCentre just outside Barham is accessible by bus, and the other venue can be reached by car and rail.

What I offer
I have helped a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Each person is unique, so we tailor the approach according to what is most likely to be helpful, based on a variety of methods that I have built up over the years.  It has been a joy seeing many people shift over the time we meet and walk away with a lighter step.

My experience has been developed through private practice, and working in the NHS as a cancer counsellor. I was a staff counsellor for several years, and originally supported students in higher education.


Adults and couples
I work with adults face to face, both short and long term. My experience enables me to draw on different approaches according to what works for you. In addition to talking this could include:

  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Mindfulness
  • Diaries
  • Visualisation

Most of my experience with couples is related to loss, bereavement, and the impact of serious illness on their relationship.

What to expect at our first session
Prior to our first session we will have a free telephone call lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. The aim is to get a flavour of your reasons for seeking counselling, and for me to check out that I am likely to be the best person to help you. All being well, we would arrange a first visit during that call. If applying as a couple, each person would be rung independently.

For further details on what to expect, please visit my website or contact me today.

"Caroline has always created a safe space for me to share my thoughts and feelings.  I feel stronger and more able to deal with future challenges." A satisfied client.


Mindfulness courses
I run 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR).  Whilst not being a psychological therapy, mindfulness is a gentle way of learning skills for approaching stress and anxiety in a different way.  It also has a wide range of other benefits.  To learn more, please visit my website.

Supervision and training
My other work has included providing clinical supervision for trainee and trained counsellors since 2006; as well as running a wide range of training courses for students and NHS staff, people living with cancer, and counsellors.
I currently offer supervision to qualified counsellors and others in the helping professions, and can provide workshops on a range of psychological issues. Examples include: Death and Dying in Counselling; self-care and stress management; and Breaking Bad News.

Training, qualifications & experience

Recent background:
I worked for 8 years as an Oncology Counsellor at a London teaching hospital until I moved to the Canterbury area in 2015. This involved seeing a wide range of people for one to one counselling, as well as bedside support. The post also included training, staff debriefing sessions, supervision of other professionals, and involvement in strategic policy development.
I also worked as a staff counsellor in a college for 5 years, and within psychological services provided by GPs.

Qualifications:
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust) - 2001

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) since 2002

Diploma in Integrative Supervision within the Caring Professions (The Minster Centre) - 2006

Level 1 Training to Teach Mindfulness-based Courses (The Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University) - 2014

I love learning and continue to develop my skills and knowledge via ongoing study and courses each year.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life limiting illness

Fees

Individuals:
£50 per 50 minute session

Couples:
£75 per 75 minute session

Further information

"When I first came I was very scared and the counselling room was my safe haven. Now I can walk out of that door and I'm still safe." -  A satisfied client

Maps & Directions

Canterbury, CT4 6QX
Canterbury, CT3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Daytime Mondays to Thursdays. Some evening availability - please contact for details.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme