Caroline Brown, Reg. MBACP, Individuals and Couples
Hello, I am a qualified counsellor with eight years' experience in private practice, registered with B.A.C.P. I provide effective, affordable counselling to couples and individuals. Wondering if counselling can help you? Please read on for a summary of how I work.
Personal Counselling is a unique relationship which focuses on understanding and exploring what is concerning you, causing distress or confusion in your life. It allows a private place to explore thoughts and emotions without the risk of pressure, judgment, or unwanted advice. At times of difficulty, it helps to talk to someone whose intention is to understand and provide professional support. When people feel anxious, depressed or overwhelmed it can be hard to see a clear path ahead. Your sessions will help you to see your way ahead more clearly. Counselling can help with things that are happening now and in resolving painful emotions from the past.
Relationship difficulties -whether 'rough patches' or on-going - are normal but often cause unhappiness and resentment. Couples come to see me with either repeating patterns of behaviour or because something has happened. Often an issue in the relationship keeps repeating and the couple is at their wits end with how best to handle it. When you and your partner keep coming up against the same kind of problem it is a sign that a shift is needed. Whether yours is a new relationship or is a long standing one, I can support you and your partner in understanding each other and to communicate more openly. Often couples regularly seek counselling because something major has happened in their lives that has affected their relationship and both feel unequipped to deal with it. Although problems can seem overwhelming, they rarely mean that the relationship has reached an end. Even affairs can be overcome. I support couples in understanding each other and the hopes and fears that drive the way they behave.
I offer one to one support with wide-ranging issues, including:
* Low mood,
* Anger management,
* Hoarding disorder,
* Restlessness and uncertainty,
* Family relationships,
* Obsessions and compulsive behaviour,
* Grief and loss.
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"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.
"Having counselling helped me understand my partner better and why we kept having the same kind of problems. I am much happier in my relationship and would recommend couple counselling to anyone." - Sue, Lincoln.
".. following the sessions we now have a greater understanding of each other ... the sessions with Caroline have been the key to enjoy being with each other again." - Anon. 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.
Human beings are a complex mix of needs, some of which are basic and others more complex but all necessary for well-being. When our needs aren't met we can feel unsettled and find ourselves angry, anxious or depressed.
Certificate in Person-Centred Couple Counselling awarded by Counselling Works (2018)
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
- Career counselling
- 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)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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:
From August 2019
Individual Consultation up to 45 minutes: Free
Individual session (1 hour): £30 (Discounts can be offered to students, unemployed or low-wage earners)
Couples Consultation: £25
Couples session (1 hour): £45
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 standard 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. Saturdays mornings on request.
Types of client