Caroline Hodgson BA, MSW, Dip.Therapeutic Counselling(CPCAB),MNCS (Prof Acc)
I am a very experienced professional counsellor, with over 20 years post-qualifying experience of counselling adults and young adults. The core values of my approach to counselling come from a deep respect for the uniqueness of our experiences, qualities, challenges and needs both as individuals and in our relationships with others.
'You are not just a drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop'
(Rumi- 13th Century)
I offer a warm, non-judgemental, non-directive counselling relationship, where personal and/or professional issues can be safely explored and addressed. These may range from a specific difficulty to dissatisfaction with life, or a loss of meaning, direction and/or purpose.
Counselling can also help us to make decisions, to explore choices and options, develop coping strategies, and guide us from feeling victims of circumstances to feeling we have more control over our lives.
Life can be very challenging and demanding at times, and you may be feeling very overwhelmed and/or confused. Periods of suffering from depression, anxiety, stress and/or relationship difficulties for example, can be experienced by any of us at some time in our lives. Adjusting to and coping with experiences of loss and change can be particularly challenging and stressfull.
At times the counselling process can feel painful, as we may become more aware of for example our self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours. Yet this self -awareness can also help to empower us more.
' If we understand that our ideas are ideas we have created, then we know we're free to change them'
Dorothy Rowe in 'Beyond Fear'
I appreciate that finding a counsellor who feels right for you is very important. For this reason, many people choose to come to see me via personal or professional recommendation. It may be that you have never experienced counselling before, or have mixed feelings about counselling. The initial counselling appointment is also an opportunity for us both to decide if I am the best person to meet your needs.
My hope is that you will experience counselling as a supportive and empowering process, enabling you to find ways forward through discovering and developing your own 'inner' emotional, intuitive and psychological resources, and by exploring and identifying specific 'outer' external resources which may also assist and support you, depending on your current needs/interests.
' Accept Self. Shoot forth the arrow of Self acceptance. It is an arrow of tremendous energy and guiding wisdom'
Blackwolf Jones (Contemporary Native American writer)
My counselling practice is based at a peaceful location in the beautiful Barbican area of Plymouth, with nearby parking and good public transport links.
I offer short and long term individual counselling to adults and young adults aged 18 +
I am also an experienced group facilitator and trainer.
' We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are'
- Anais Nin
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons; MSW; Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB 1997); Accredited Professional Member of The National Counselling Society (MNCS Prof Accred)
My core counselling training, qualification and practice is humanistic and person-centred. I have also trained in systemic theory and practice, narrative therapy, solution focused brief therapy and transpersonal psychology.
My qualifications include a Masters Degree in Social Work ( Sussex University 1984), and I have worked in the helping profession using counselling skills for many years, prior to qualifying as a professional counsellor in 1997.
I am very experienced generic counsellor, counselling adults and young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, with a wide range of concerns and issues.
I have worked as an employed and self-employed counsellor in many different settings in Plymouth, S.E Cornwall and London. These include family centres, voluntary and statutory agencies, GP practices, women's centres and women's refuges, with students in further and higher education, and for various employee assistance programmes ( for eg. local authority staff including social workers, teachers and schools staff, NHS primary care staff, and for staff in the private sector eg.transport staff ).
Since February 2013 I have been working exclusively for my private counselling practice, seeing clients via staff Employee Assistance Programmes and self-referred clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Assertive communication awareness and skills
Loss and change
Health related issues
My standard fee for a (one hour) counselling appointment is £45.00. Some concessions are available: Do contact me for further information
You are very welcome to contact me on my mobile - 07866 955400 or by email (see above) if you have any questions, would like further information, or to arrange an initial appointment.
Self-help links and resources which may be helpfull are:
www.mind.org.uk This website has a large range of useful information on eg. depression, stress and anxiety etc See their link- A-Z of mental health which can be downloaded
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My counselling room is on the first floor of a beautiful 16th century building. Access to my room is via a slightly winding staircase to the first floor and here is no lift. Please contact me for any further information regarding accessibility
I am available in Plymouth (Barbican area) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 6.30pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|