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Caroline Harrison

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3
07474 933615 07474 933615

About me

Life can throw difficulties in our path that can leave us feeling frustrated, anxious, crushed and helpless.  Sometimes we can find ourselves feeling invisible, like an outsider or as if we don’t belong. The way we respond to problems may reveal deeper hurts, or unmet needs, causing emotional pain and a feeling of being lost.

Are you battling with anxiety and panic? Are you struggling to keep your head above water? Is your overthinking affecting your quality of life and ability to enjoy relationships? Are you scared that your relationship is coming to an end and you can’t imagine life alone? Perhaps you need help organising your thoughts and want to build greater confidence in asking what you need rather than reacting to what others need all the time? Are you looking to re-evaluate your life?  Or perhaps you need help recovering from childhood trauma?

These are just a few of the sorts of issues I help people with. I’m also sensitive to the significant ongoing challenges brought about by Covid 19 which continues to stretch our normal capacity to face day to day challenges.

One of the most helpful things we can do is to begin to deal with our difficult thoughts and feelings. Counselling can firstly offer a safe space; it can be a buffer for present stressors or the calm in the storm. I may not be able to make the storm go away, but being understood by another without judgement can be a powerful catalyst for change. It will also help you begin to understand yourself much better and help you to cope in difficult circumstances. Importantly, I will equip you with the skills to manage uncomfortable stress responses in your body and you will develop healthier coping strategies. In doing so, you will build resilience and find some inner peace.

What is vital on this journey is that we work at a pace that you feel comfortable with – for things to unfold in your own time and this is where the quality of the relationship between us is key.

I have gained considerable experience working and supporting people with a wide range of issues. Personal and professional experience of trauma and abuse has instilled a passion and dedication in me to help those who have been similarly affected.

Here are some examples of how I work with people:

Understanding relationship dynamics: Do you ever find yourself asking "how come sometimes I feel like I'm a little kid again?" or "why do I find myself acting like my Mum or Dad?" or perhaps "why do I keep on repeating the same old mistakes?" We all have different aspects to ourselves. We can explore what may be taking place in your relationships. I can help you to identify repetitive patterns of feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that can often be traced to the rules placed on us as children. You will learn ways to change negative patterns into positive ones which can bring a sense of relief and increased confidence.

Somatic interventions: People often want to develop greater understanding of why they are experiencing certain symptoms such as flashbacks, panic attacks, negative thought patterns, low mood and hypervigilance. I can help you manage what’s going on in your body and how this relates to mental health. I may use guided visualisations, deep breathing and other somatic interventions to help you learn to regulate your nervous system.  Learning how to feel safe in your body, how to learn to sit with uncomfortable stress responses until they pass and for some people, learning how to feel safe with other people, are probably the single most important aspects of mental health.

Inner Child work: Your Inner Child is the echo of the child you once were. We each have our own history and we have all been influenced by our environment, events and the significant people around us. We will have made ‘decisions’ at a sub-conscious level, about how we ‘should’ be and what we ‘should’ do in order to be seen as OK and to survive in our families. Our later experiences can reinforce these beliefs and formed our own ‘Script’ for how our life ‘should be’. It is sometimes helpful to revisit the experiences of the child we once were. This allows us to work through painful feelings and give the responsibility, shame and guilt back to whom it belongs.

Creative Tools: Sometimes, it’s really difficult to find the words for the things that have happened to us in life – experiences can be too painful to put in to words. Working creatively in therapy can enable you to find a voice where perhaps you struggle to hear yourself. I can carefully help to release feelings or emotions through using creative tools such as drawing, shells, stones, nesting dolls. For some people, it can bring a possible self in to existence or be a means to survive and recover from difficult circumstances.

Talking together: It can be very healing to have someone listen to you in a non-judgmental way, offering acceptance, empathy and compassion. Perhaps you are simply looking for a fellow traveller to sit with you whilst you grieve, holding on to hope for a way through painful times.

If you’ve read this and it sounds like we could work together then please do get in touch with me. I will arrange for you to have a free 30-minute telephone conversation where we can talk about what you need. There is no obligation for you to continue – it’s most important for you to find the right counsellor. I offer both short term and longer-term counselling.

I also work as an Associate Counsellor working for a local charity and over the years I have gained considerable experience working and supporting people with a wide range of issues.  Personal and professional experience of trauma and abuse has instilled a passion and dedication in me to help those who have been similarly affected.

I have been trained to work with the following issues:

Anxiety and stress, Trauma, Different types of Abuse, Shame, Depression, Loss of confidence and self esteem, Divorce and relationship problems, Crisis pregnancy, Still-birth & Neonatal Death, Self-harm and suicidal thoughts, Bereavement and Loss, Rejection and abandonment, faith issues, Autistic Spectrum conditions

I am a fully trained and qualified counsellor. As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work according to their ethical framework.  As a Christian, I'm also a registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).  I see clients who have a faith and those of no faith.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Continued Professional Development - 2020

Mar 2020 Healing the fragmented selves of Trauma Survivors – Dr Janina Fisher

Feb 2020 Working with Complex Trauma – First Stage of Recovery Complex Trauma Therapists Network UK

2019

L5 Certificate in Integrating Creative Interventions for Counsellors

PODS: Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice

Attachment: Adult Attachment Behaviour, Attachment and Shame, Attachment and Culture

Aspire Autism Training: An insight in to the world of Autistic Spectrum Conditions

Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum

March 2018 - present: Volunteer Counsellor at Talking Spaces & Just Be Bereavement Support

Member organisations

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

BACP

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

Association for Christian Counsellors

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

1 hour face to face counselling £40
1 hour online(zoom) or telephone counselling £40

Initial 30 minute telephone call available without charge.

I offer short term and long term counselling

I believe that everyone should have access to counselling so limited concessions are available.

Concessions offered for

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

Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Covid 19: I have immediate openings for tele-therapy (video or phone sessions) and would be honored to support you during this time of uncertainty.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison