Caroline Armstrong, MBACP (Accredited) - Counselling, Supervision, Mindfulness
Broome Park Estate
07462198107 / 07462198107
Have you woken up again this morning thinking "This really needs to change, but I'm not sure how or even if it can"? You may be feeling anxious about work or life in general is worrying you. Or perhaps you are trying to find a way of dealing with something that can't be changed, like a serious illness. What I often say about counselling is that it 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 particular experience of:
- General anxiety and over-thinking
- Work related stress
- People and their families who are living with life limiting illness
- Mindfulness training
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. I was also 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:
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.
Our first session is an opportunity for us to see how we get on with each other, and for you to share in more detail what has led you to seek out counselling. The session will last for 60 minutes, and is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have as well as letting me check out the best way forward. If we agree to continue working together, we will arrange a number of future sessions (usually six initially) and build in a review of how things are going for you towards the last of those sessions. All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes long.
With couples I would meet each person separately for a 60 minute session. If all goes well we would move on to a 75 minute joint session, after which we arrange a number of sessions (usually six to start with). These sessions would be together and last 75 minutes.
"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.
Places are now open for my 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR), to be run between Thursday 19th April and 7th June 2018. These will be held at the HolistiCentre, near Barham, from 6.30 - 8.30pm. Please contact me if you are interested, and I will send you an application form. Full details are on 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
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life limiting illness
£50 per 50 minute session
£75 per 75 minute session
"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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime Mondays to Thursdays. Some evening availability - please contact for details.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|