L.Caroline Charles BSc (Hons) accredited Counsellor
I believe a welcoming, safe and supportive therapeutic environment is the key to emotional healing and personal growth. Working together, we will make sense of whatever has become a problem for you in the 'here and now' or enduring issues with their roots in the past. My hope is you will not only gain clarity and insight but know you have been understood in the context of your history, gender, sexuality and culture. I believe often when we are faced with fears linked to uncertainty, uncontrollability and unpredictability or feeling hopeless about the future, counselling/psychotherapy can support us to make a lasting change.
I have experience with supporting people with anxiety, depression and low mood.
After our initial contact by phone or email, we can then meet for a face to face consultation (or over the phone for 'telephone counselling') to further discuss your requirements and to get a sense of how we might work together. Clients usually attend regular weekly fifty-minute sessions, arrangements can be either short or long-term, and there will be progress reviews with either option. My practice hours are Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
I work from a comfortable modern practice in central Ipswich, IP1 2QA and should you arrive early for your consultation/session there is a waiting area with refreshments. My counselling practice is within easy reach of Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Colchester. There is parking nearby and good links with public transport.
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Training, qualifications & experience
As a Volunteer Integrative Counsellor, I trained within adult counselling services to include the University of Suffolk, Lighthouse Women’s Aid and Mentis Tree / Acorn. I was then employed as a sessional student Integrative Counsellor for the University of Suffolk and my current role is an NHS Trainee High-Intensity CBT Psychotherapist.
Continued Professional Development:
Autism Spectrum Condition training; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How can therapy help?; Men's Mental Health; Safeguarding Children L3 - Adverse Childhood Experiences; Working with Older Adults; Guided self-help low-intensity CBT interventions and long-term and medically unexplained conditions; Working with sexual diversity; Working with interpreters; Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating' with Professor Julia Buckroyd; Dr Phil Mollon 'Fragile Self: Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance
Postgraduate Certificate in low-intensity evidence-based CBT
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
Diploma Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
I am a registered member of the BACP (No. 247020) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (No. 2011163780) I adhere to their codes of ethics. My registered name is Lesley Caroline Charles.
Integrative counselling training completed with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and awarded by Middlesex University, and a postgraduate certificate in low-intensity CBT completed with the University of East Anglia. I am committed to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for best practice and development of my professional skills and knowledge.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Our initial conversation(s) by email or phone is free of charge and my fee is £50.00 (sessions are 50 minutes long). I offer concessions for those who are experiencing financial difficulties, low waged, senior citizens and students, please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Ramp to main entrance, intercom is at 'standing' height, enter double doors (one door open/one can be unlocked) with handle the length of the door, lift to first-floor counselling room available 9-5 weekdays only. Please speak with me/manager re. access.
My practice hours are Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|