Caroline Harrison, BABCP Accredited Therapist and Supervisor
I am an experienced therapist with over 20 years post qualification work in the NHS, where I first worked as a mental health nurse before retraining as a therapist. I have worked in a variety of settings and treated a wide range of psychological difficulties.
I am fully accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the BABCP and am also an EMDR trained therapist and member of the EMDR association.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling in Surbiton for people seeking help with emotional and psychological issues. I also offer clinical supervision to psychologists and therapists.
It can be hard to seek help for psychological difficulties and find the time to look after our mental wellbeing. Every client is different and there is no single approach that fits all so I draw on a range of evidence based methods depending on your needs. Having someone who understands the issues you are struggling with and who you feel you can talk to is extremely important and I aim to make clients feel valued and comfortable, and have a non-judgemental and compassionate approach.
Overview of experience
In the past 20 years, I have worked in a range of adult, child and adolescent therapeutic services. I have worked mainly in the NHS, in community mental health services, inpatient adolescent services and national and specialist clinics. I have worked therapeutically with the following areas of difficulty: psychosis, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance misuse, personality disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and trauma. I have worked with children and adolescents in and on the edge of care and with young offenders and delivered therapy in a variety of settings outside the clinic such as schools, prisons or people’s homes.
I help people with a wide range of problems including sexual, emotional and physical abuse and neglect, anxiety and depression, body image and self esteem, eating disorders, bereavement and loss, addiction, bullying and relationship difficulties or separation, and depression. My areas of specialism include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Specific Phobias (including specific phobia of vomiting), health, social and generalised anxiety disorders, panic, body dysmorphic disorder and hoarding.
My approach is very collaborative, underpinned by respect for your wellbeing, non judgemental, compassionate regard, with the capacity to look at often very painful issues and memories.
During our first meeting, we would discuss what you are struggling with at present and what you would like to achieve in therapy. I can offer a range of methods depending on your needs and recommend what style of therapy may be beneficial. These could include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Compassion Focussed Therapy
- Clinical Supervision
Sessions take place in a private, informal setting to help you feel comfortable to talk. All sessions are confidential, with the caveat that if you tell me you or anyone else are at risk of immediate harm I have a duty of care to safeguard you or others, which I will discuss with you.
Whether it is your first experience of therapy or something you have done before, finding someone who understands the issue, who you think you can talk to is important, so it is helpful to meet before deciding whether you want to commit to sessions, to talk through any hopes or concerns you might have. After that, we can decide if I am the right therapist for you and if you’d like to continue. You are under no obligation to carry on after we meet, and if you decide I am not the right person for you I will try my best to refer you to another colleague. If therapy is something you want to find out more about please feel free to contact me or look up the therapies on the BABCP / EMDR websites.
Sessions are typically weekly and last between 50 - 60 minutes. If you decide to continue after the initial meeting we would think together to understand what may have caused the problem and might be keeping it going, and work together to find ways to overcome these difficulties. The focus is very much on how to move forward and get over the difficulties, with the client in control of this process. The aim of therapy is to give you the tools to become your own therapist so you can use these skills should you encounter further difficulties in the future.
I currently have therapy spaces available on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and supervisor with the BABCP, and am also an EMDR trained therapist and member of the EMDR association. I offer gold standard, evidence based treatments for a range of mental health difficulties and keep abreast of current research to continually improve my practice. I remain a member of the NMC and as a member of these governing bodies work within strict professional guidelines and ensure my practice is a consistently high standard.
I have over 20 years post qualifying experience in a variety of mental health settings, first as a nurse and then as a therapist, working as a senior clinical specialist / therapist in the NHS. I have worked with children, families and adults experiencing a range of emotional or psychological problems and am experienced in individual, family and group work.
Training and qualifications include:
- CBT for OCD and mental contamination
- DClinPsy supervision course
- CBT clinical supervision (BABCP accredited)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing parts 1 -3
- Understanding Hoarding Disorders
- Using Imagery in CBT for Anxiety
- Trauma focussed cognitive therapy for PTSD
- Contemporary CBT for generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Treating OCD
- Using Compassionate Approaches for treating shame based PTSD
- Working with survivors of child sexual abuse
- Advanced CBT skills for working across complex trauma
- Assessments and interventions with young people with specific learning needs who sexually harm
- Supervising practitioners working with young people who sexually harm
- Assessing and treating young people under 12 who display sexually harmful behaviour
- CBT for psychosis
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- AIM interventions for treating sexual harmful behaviour in adolescents
- AIM initial assessment of sexual harmful behaviour in adolescents
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
- Post Graduate Certificate in Psychology
- Therapeutic skills in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Many of the areas I work with are not listed here so please contact me if you are unsure and we can talk about your particular needs and how I can best help. There is no pressure to start therapy if you change your mind after initially talking things through.
I charge between £80 -£100 per 55 minute session, depending on individual circumstances.
I offer an initial brief telephone assessment free of charge to discuss what the client would like to achieve from therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9pm Saturday mornings
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an accredited supervisor with the BABCP and have many years experience of supervising IAPT trainees, psychologists, DClinPsy trainees, and professionals from other backgrounds. .