Caroline Harrison

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CBT and EMDR Therapist and Supervisor (BABCP accredited)
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London, W1W 7PT
Available for new clients
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About me

I am an experienced therapist with over 24 years post qualification work in the NHS. I have worked in a variety of settings, treating a wide range of psychological difficulties across the lifespan.

I am fully accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor with the BABCP and am also an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner. My background is in mental health nursing. 

I offer psychotherapy and counselling both online and in person for people seeking help with emotional and psychological issues. I also offer clinical supervision to psychologists and therapists. I work in person on Mondays in therapy rooms in Great Titchfield Street, central London, and limited availability for therapy sessions in person in Worthing on the South Coast. The rest of the time I work online. 

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 no single approach that fits all, so I draw on a range of evidence based methods depending on what best meets 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 24 years, I have worked across the life span 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, complex emotional needs, depression, anxiety disorders and trauma. I have worked with children and adolescents in or 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 those who have experienced traumatic events either as a child or adult including physical, emotional or sexual, abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence, experienced war or combat trauma or any other traumatic event. I support people with anxiety and depression, body image and self esteem, eating disorders, traumatic bereavement and loss, addiction, bullying, relationship difficulties or separation.. My areas of specialism include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD, and I have much experience working with 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.

About therapy

During our first meeting, we will 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
  • EMDR
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Narrative exposure therapy
  • Schema informed 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 (virtually or in person) 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 50 minutes (sometimes termed a therapeutic hour). 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 you 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 Monday daytime and evening, some weekday evening slots and Saturday mornings. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and supervisor with the BABCP, and am also an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner with a background in mental health nursing. 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. As a member of the Nursing and midwifery council (NMC), EMDR Association (EMDRA) and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) I adhere to the strict professional guidelines of these governing bodies and ensure my practice remains at a consistently high standard.

I have over 24 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
  • Dissociative Identity Disorders 
  • Schema therapy introduction
  • Combining trauma therapies for maximum effectiveness: sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR, IFS and DBT
  • Complex PTSD 
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BABCP
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

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.

Fees

£100.00 - £130.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Cigna
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Please contact me to discuss rates, which are on a sliding scale according to individual circumstance.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Mondays in person in Central London during the day and evening

Weekday evenings online 

Saturday mornings online

Some in person availability in Worthing on the South Coast

Further information

I offer an initial brief telephone consultation free of charge to discuss what the client would like to achieve from therapy. 

Floor One, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Organisations

Key details

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Unfortunately the therapy rooms have stairs and there is no lift, however I offer sessions by phone or online (skype, zoom etc)

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Phone

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.

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Caroline Harrison
Caroline Harrison