Caroline Graham MBACP - Counselling and Psychotherapy
Hello and a warm welcome to you. I am Caroline and I am an integrative counsellor at Highgate Psychotherapy Practice. My approach is relational, which means that I draw from a range of therapeutic skills and theoretical tools to enhance the work, and valuing a strong therapeutic relationship as central to the process of change.
The key areas of focus are trauma, addiction, and spirituality, which are often, though not always, linked. However, I am able to work with a full range of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, living with cancer/life changing illness, bereavement, gender, sexual and relationship diversity, self-harm and distress resulting from social factors, for example, discrimination. I recognise that there are social factors that contribute to human distress, including: social injustice, oppression, discrimination, generational trauma.
I also have a special interest in working with parents of children with Autism, who often face specific and complex challenges.
I work with the latest methods that do not invite re-traumatisation and allow safe processing of difficult experiences. For those interested I'm happy to explore mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion practices, which have many benefits including allowing you to put down unhelpful repetitive thoughts, developing an inner ally, and growing an ability to savour everyday positive experiences. I am based in a private, calm and safe environment, and I also offer 'walk and talk counselling' in green outdoor spaces - Being in nature in and of itself offers rich conditions for well being.
Everyone experiences distress. It is entirely human and appropriate to seek support. Together we can gain further understanding of what has been troubling you, work at shifting something you have been trying to change, or help you in what you are finding difficult to bear.
What happens in the first counselling session?
Therapists, even with the same training, often offer clients a very different experience of therapy. It is vitally important for the success of therapy that you feel you and your therapist can develop a good therapeutic relationship. The best way to decide if a therapist is the right fit for you is to meet them face to face.
Your first session with me is a chance to get a feel for how I work, and to let me know why you are coming to therapy and to raise any questions or concerns you may have.
If you are interested us working together, or if you have any questions then I would like to welcome you to get in touch today. Please call me on 07975 541455 or click here to send me an email to make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology.
- Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are on a sliding scale beginning at £60 for a 50 minute session.
During this pandemic, where NHS staff will be experiencing even greater stress, trauma and difficult decision making, I am offering discounted rates to NHS workers. I am also offering further discounts to those medics and nurses who are being graduated early.
I offer one free / low cost placement (which is currently filled).