Caroline Henton

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MBACP BA (Hons) Dip HE Counselling
Available for new clients
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Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Is life feeling difficult and overwhelming for you at the moment? Are you experiencing feelings of anxiety or low self esteem or a lack of confidence?  Are you struggling with family issues?  Do you suspect you may be on the autistic spectrum or have you received a diagnosis and are trying to navigate life with this new information? Have you grown up trying to battle through life with an autistic diagnosis?   Hello.  I'm Carrie and I believe in affordable, flexible and accessible counselling when we need it.  A warm welcome to my page.  Please take the time to read on to gain an insight into how I work with my clients...

When we feel we are struggling with life's challenges, we  need a warm, friendly and  supportive space where we can feel truly listened to and heard at our own pace without judgement and where we can unpiece and process.  I understand that we can feel nervous and anxious when we decide to reach out , and it is my job to reach in. Trust is key and a Person Centred Counsellor will place the therapeutic relationship at the heart of the counselling process allowing you to feel safe and truly heard without judgement.  When we feel accepted by others we begin to develop self acceptance.

As a Person Centred Counsellor I will support you empathically whilst we unpick what is happening in your life and look at ways at confronting and overcoming the issues in the best way possible that is best for you.  I work at a pace to suit you and draw on my training and experience as we work together enabling and empowering you to find solutions and answers...

My specialisms are in working with those on the autistic spectrum (I am an ATAA trained practitioner),  anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues, loss and trauma and grief (aswell as pet bereavement).   However some of my clients seek counselling for more general non specific issues, such as looking and reflecting on how they are navigating life and the struggles it can present us with such as work and family pressures and general stress....   I offer both short and long term Counselling to adults, including young adults via the telephone and/or the online platform Doxy (which is similar to Zoom) and I am happy to discuss your preferences in this respect. I also offer flexibility on the frequency and length of the sessions depending on your needs. Some of my clients tell me they find a 50 minute session too long and too intense and prefer a 30 minute slot. Others prefer fortnightly sessions rather than weekly sessions as it gives them a longer time to process.  Evening and weekend appointments are currently available. I am very mindful of the rising cost of living and the impact this can have on clients so concessions are always available.  Please do ask. 

I am fully insured, a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and have an accredited online and telephone counselling qualification.

 Please contact me via email to arrange a free initial telephone consultation if you would like to explore whether I am the right therapist for you and you feel we can work together: the  It is important that you find a therapist that is the right fit for you and that you feel comfortable with. 

Whilst you consider and explore what you would like your own personal counselling journey to feel and  look like, please check out my Facebook page for daily posts and tips on mental health and emotional wellbeing:

 Please remember your emotional wellbeing is important and worthy of your attention as it is a key component to leading a full and meaningful life.  In my experience embarking on the counselling journey can be the first step towards healing and is worth investing in emotionally.  I have seen it lead to a deeper sense of fulfilment, contentment and happiness on so many levels.  Take care.  Carrie x

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma of Higher Education  (Dip HE) with Distinction in Person Centred Counselling
  • ATAA (Adaptive Therapy for Autistic Adults) Practitioner
  • Accredited Pet Bereavement Counsellor (Distinction)
  • Accredited in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • NCFE Level 2 in Counselling Skills
  •  Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • CBT Diploma
  • Care Certificate

    CPD training in: Autism and ADHD, Anxiety,  Depression, Trauma and PTSD,  Bereavement, Loss and Complex Grief,  Working with the sexually abused,  Mental Health, Neuroscience, Nutritional Therapy,  Eating Disorders, Suicide and Self harm, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Working with Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse
  • Publications: Little Creatures, Pandemic Pete

My background is in teaching and supporting pupils with special needs, many of whom were on the autistic spectrum.   I then retrained and  continued to work in schools as a Counsellor supporting pupils and their parents, aswell as various charities and running my own practice.  I am a qualified ATAA Practitioner (Adaptive Therapy for Autistic Adults). I have written for an online wellbeing platform for schools and am a presenter and trainer for the International Youth Summit.  My work has encompassed supporting adults and young people of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of presenting issues.    My charity work is extremely important to me and includes having worked for the Samaritans, a homeless charity, and supporting veterans in crisis for a military organisation.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£42.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£42.00 an hour.

The Laurels is mindful of the impact of the current cost of living on its clients and concessions are readily available. Do please ask.

The Laurels aims to provide affordable, accessible and flexible counselling. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime and evening appointments are readily available.  Morning appointments are currently available on Saturdays and Sundays.   Please note sessions are conducted via the telephone/online.

Further information

You are welcome to visit and explore my facebook page: The Laurels Counselling@carrielaurels28 for emotional wellbeing  and mental health posts and tips. 

Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Caroline Henton
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