Caroline Brown, Reg. MBACP, Counselling individuals and Couples
38 Old Chapel Road
07885329737 / 07885 329737
Hello, I offer individual and couples counselling. I aim to provide a warm welcome and a peaceful, safe place.
If you have never had counselling before you may well be wondering how it can help. Having sat in the client's chair myself I know that being with someone who is giving you their full attention can help with unravelling and expressing difficult feelings. Allowing yourself the time to talk, to experience emotions you might usually avoid, and to feel the empathy returned by the counsellor is a necessary step toward well-being.
When one or more of our needs are denied our mood becomes low and we feel sad, angry or anxious. We learn to compensate with addictive, damaging and self-denying behaviours to soothe ourselves and avoid the feeling of distress. I am person-centred, which means that my focus is on understanding how life feels to you and that I believe we all have the capacity within ourselves to create a life more in tune with what truly makes us happy.
You will find that talking in a relaxed setting can help you find your way, allowing you to see personal strengths and resources which may have been hidden until now.
I have been in private practice for six years. I am a registered member of BACP* and adhere to their professional principles and conduct. I offer support with a range of issues including:
* Depression and SAD (seasonal affective disorder),
* Anger management,
* Hoarding disorder,
* Restlessness and uncertainty,
* Family relationships,
* Obsessions and compulsive behaviour,
* Grief and loss.
It is rare to find a relationship that has never had problems. Relationship difficulties -whether 'rough patches' or on-going - are normal and can be handled with small changes in understanding or behaviour. Even something devastating does not have to mean the end for you and your partner if you still want to be together.
Having relationship counselling does not mean your relationship has failed but that you need it to be better in some way. Perhaps there is something blocking it from being all it could be. Whether yours is a new relationship or a long-term one, by looking at repeated patterns, unhelpful habits and difficult issues I can support you and your partner in finding ways to understand each other and communicate less fearfully.
If you don't quite feel ready to see a counsellor yet there are many useful articles on this site that can help you where you are at the moment.
"Caroline helped me through a difficult, stressful few months after moving to Lincoln. She was very understanding and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with stress and depression or any other emotional problems." - Chris, Lincoln.
Caroline Brown, Reg. Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Training, qualifications & experience
How I work:
I work by supporting my clients in returning well-being to their lives through listening, understanding and exploring. Research in psychology continues to prove that as human beings there are essential things we need for survival and wellbeing. These needs have to be met, either wholly or partly, to give life meaning and value.
In my training, I learned about why we think and act in the ways we do as human beings. My practice is based on respected psychological theories and ideas to help my clients become unstuck and able to live life with greater self-knowledge and confidence.
Diploma in Couples Counselling awarded by the Couples Counselling Network (2013)
AQA Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 (2011)
AQA Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Counselling (2011)
BA Hons Degree, London University (1985)
Private Practitioner 2011 - present;
Volunteer counsellor at Lincoln YMCA 2011-2012;
CPD workshops and events:
- Certificate in emotional eating behaviours
- Eating Disorders
- Dissociated Identity Disorder
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME
- Low self-esteem
- Increasing Self-Confidence
- suicide prevention
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
People who have suffered abuse or neglect in childhood can often develop severe anxiety or anger issues in adult life. Symptoms of this can be difficult to live with for their family and close friends. I am happy to see you if you are struggling to live with someone in your family who lives in the aftermath of trauma.
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Guide to Fees*:
One to one initial Consultation (half-hour): Free
One to one session: £30
Couples/family initial Consultation (45 - 60 minutes): £35
Couples/family session (60 - 70 minutes): £45
*I offer discounts to people unemployed and lower-waged.
- What is counselling?
- Couple counselling - can it really help?
- Seeing the world through grey
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Couples counselling: How it doesn’t mean the end of the line
- When fear of failure stands in your way
The consultation lasts approximately 30 - 45 minutes and is an opportunity for us to meet with no obligation on you to arrange further sessions. It gives you the chance to see if you would like to work with me and to ask me any questions you have about counselling. I will let you know if I can help you and explain how I work. If you wish to have a longer appointment on our first meeting this can be arranged but please note that this will be chargeable at my normal session rate (see Guide to Fees).
As a registered member of the BACP, their professional ethics and values underlie my practice. These include respect for the client, client safety, emotional wellbeing, nurturing self-esteem, and adherence to regular supervision with an experienced, accredited supervisor.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.30am - 8.00pm Weekdays and occasional Saturdays.
Types of client