L. Caroline Charles BSc (Hons) Integrative Counsellor, UKCP Accred & BACP Reg
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 begin to feel better but know you have been understood in the context of your history, gender, ability, 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 provide us with the insight and skills we need to make a lasting change.
My areas of interest are supporting individuals who are experiencing difficulties with OCD, anxiety (social and generalised), depression, low mood and trauma.
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. Day, evening, as well as Saturday sessions available.
I offer a professional, respectful and confidential service face to face or over the phone.
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
I have worked as a volunteer integrative counsellor within adult counselling services, including, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Mentis Tree / Acorn (IAPT Contract) and counselling adults within a Suffolk primary school's child psychotherapy team. And previously, as a paid sessional counsellor for the University of Suffolk, and my current role is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within NHS IAPT supporting patients to use Step 2 low-intensity CBT interventions.
Completed Feb 2019:
Postgraduate certificate in low-intensity evidence-based CBT for anxiety, depression and low mood with the University of East Anglia
'Safeguarding Children L3 - Adverse Childhood Experiences'; 'Working with Older Adults' with Dr Paul Fisher; 'guided self-help low-intensity CBT interventions and long-term and medically unexplained conditions' with Rona Hardy; 'Working with sexual diversity' with Dr Allan Laville', 'Working with interpreters' with Dr Beverley Costa, '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 (but day-to-day, everyone calls me Caroline).
Counselling training completed with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and awarded by Middlesex University. 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
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Our initial conversation(s) by email or phone is free of charge. My fee is £45.00 for a fifty-minute consultation or session and there is an option to buy a block of sessions with a discount (for example, six prepaid sessions are £42.00 each). I have some concessions available for those who are experiencing financial difficulties, low waged, senior citizens and students, please ask. Day, evening, as well as Saturday sessions available.
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.
Day, evening, as well as Saturday sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|