Caroline Hughes

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Accredited CBT Psychotherapist /Hypnotherapist/Mindfulness
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London, SE22
Available for new clients
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About me

About me:
Hi my name is Caroline, I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) and am also trained in Integrative Counselling/Coaching and Hypnotherapy.

In addition I am also a qualified Mindfulness Teacher, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for anxiety/depression and have completed the Mindfulness training for teenagers (.b), 'Nurturing parents Mindfulness -Based' programme, and 'Finding Peace in a Frantic World' programme.

I offer short or long term therapy to older adolescents 16 + and adults.  

I also offer group Mindfulness Courses/workshops, CBT Therapeutic Groups/ workshops and Coaching to workplaces, schools and colleges.

I am a very experienced NHS trained therapist, having had over 25 years of experience in psychological therapies and over 35 years in the general field of mental health in NHS.

How I work:
I love my work and am dedicated and committed to what I do. I provide a safe and confidential space, and have a warm insightful and understanding approach. I aim to help you to feel comfortable in the therapeutic environment. I believe in building a trusting relationship, which is crucial and will allow you to start exploring difficult and perhaps unwanted or difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours in your life, that you'd like to change or view differently.

I aim to create an environment where you feel accepted in a non-judgmental manner and supported throughout our time together, whilst also showing empathy with whatever you share. Depending on what approach we decided to use, we'll either be exploring and processing feelings and /or making active changes as in CBT which would be lead by your therapy goals.

I will also try and stay true to my own feelings during our working relationship and will be congruent in my own emotions regarding what you may bring to a session.

I work in an Integrative way, which means that I draw on a range of therapeutic techniques in my work depending on what seems most suitable for you and your needs.

If you have never experienced psychological therapy before the prospect of talking about yourself can seem somewhat daunting. I therefore I offer a brief free 15 minute mini assessment on the phone which can help us decide if my approach is suitable to your needs and what therapeutic style might best suit you. (Please see other treatments on offer if you scroll down).

What is CBT?
CBT is a structured, time limited therapy, mainly focusing on anxiety and/or depression issues. We start with an assessment of your presenting problems, which would include goals to work towards in therapy. CBT is a collaborative therapy where we work together on your issues, where there would be handouts given and worksheets for home practice. It is referred to as an active change therapy. The idea is that you feel ready to make changes to your thoughts/beliefs and behaviours to change the way you feel.

For CBT I work with:
Low Self Esteem
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Health Anxiety
Panic Disorder
Social Anxiety
Obsessional Compulsive Disorder
Eating Disorders

What is Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Counselling/Psychotherapy can be short or long term, integrating different approaches, looking back over childhood issues, understanding the past and making links with the present, gaining insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns (psychodynamic). Processing difficult emotions and how to move on in the present. Counselling can just be supportive if you're going through a difficult time.

For a Counselling/Psychotherapy approach I work with:
Relationship issues (friends/family/neighbours)
Work Related Issues
Childhood trauma
Physical Health issues

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can show you how, through simple meditation practices you can learn to let go of worrying about what has happened, or might happen, and find peace in the present moment. The practices are formal and informal forms of meditation, with a particular focus of attention, noticing mind wandering, letting go of judgments and gently bringing the mind back to focus again. Mindfulness is not a psychotherapy but can be included in therapy. Mindfulness does not solve our problems but can help us to view our problems differently and help us to make healthier choices about how we engage with ourselves, others and the world around us. Mindfulness can be life changing.

For a Mindfulness approach I offer help with:
Relapse prevention for depression/anxiety
Low level depression and anxiety.

What is Coaching?

Coaching can be work based and geared to specific issues affecting performance at work or personal based where there is not mental health issues like anxiety or depression.

What is Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, is a method of inducing a state of deep relaxation in order to treat disorders of a mainly psychological or emotional, typically anxiety, phobias, obesity, smoking cessation, low self esteem. Today, hypnosis is recognised by the scientific community as an effective healing tool. I offer evidence base Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Other alternative offerings:

Soul Plan

A soul plan reading uses your birth name and is calculated using a numerology system, numbers and symbols are plotted on a star shape. It is an interactive session lasting 1 1/2 hours and includes a clearing meditation at the end. This is revealing, healing and helpful.  Please see more info: 

Soul Transformation Therapy

STT is a healing modality developed by Blue Marsden (Hay House Publisher) it helps you to overcome negative patterns and blockages in your life.


I am fully trained in Aromatherapy Massage (Oils sourced from and Indian Head Massage.

Luxury Bespoke Facials

Using organic essential oils for face massage and using organic natural products - cleansers, face scrubs, face masks, serums and creams. I also use FaceGym pro - a non invasive facelift and Red Light Therapy. (Products sourced from - a local company based in Surrey).


I am trained (in India, Goa)  in Reiki 1, 2 and Masters level. I offer a hands off approach. Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing, using universal energy to help clear physical or emotional blockages.


I have been using Tarot for many years. I offer Intuitive Tarot readings for psychological insight/spiritual development, using a range of tarot decks.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked most of my adult life in mental health, initially training as a Psychiatric Nurse, RMN in London 1981-85, then went on to train in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling/Psychotherapy 1995-8 at, which combines a spiritual perspective with a down-to-earth.

I have many years experience in working with in the NHS, in a variety of settings, including training staff and working as a Nurse Consultant. I have had a private practice in Counselling/Psychotherapy alongside this work.

I have completed a Pg Diploma (Masters Level 7) in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Kings College University, Institute of Psychology, London 2011. 
I have completed the CBT Supervisors training at Kings College, London and supervise trainees and experienced CBT therapists.

I have fully trained as a Mindfulness Teacher, completing MBCT in 2014 with Dr Patrizia Collard (recognised trainer) in London at who is also my on-going Mindfulness supervisor, and I have a dedicated mindfulness practice. I have also trained in Mindfulness for 11-18 year olds .b course and Nurturing Parents - Mindfulness Based Course, Finding Peace in a Frantic World at the Tavistock, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation and Mindfulness in Schools.

In 2020 I trained with Cambridge University in Executive Coaching.

In 2021  I trained in 'Soul Transformation Therapy' (an alternative spiritual therapy), recognised by the Complimentary Medical Association  (CMA) and is Insurance eligible, developed by Blue Marsden at

Hypnotherapy, 2022 at an accredited training by General Hypnotherapy Standards Council GHSC.

Soul Plan Practitioner Training, 2023. At
I have also have a B.A (Hons) in 'Art and Social Context' 1986-9 at Dartington College of Arts, Devon. 

I have trained in Motivational Interviewing Skills, 2006, at Thames Valley University.

Aromatherapy Massage 1990, with Patricia Davis, (who wrote The A-Z of Aromatherapy).

In 2023 I qualified in Yin Yoga Teacher Training/Therapy, Reiki and Yoga Nidra in Goa, India at

Indian Head Massage 2023 with Paula Mullins at Lewisham College.

Please see websites below for some further useful information:  
Please see under 'clinical guidance' recommended therapies for anxiety and depression.  
Indicates good practice for mindfulness teachers.
For information on Mindfulness.
Enter surname only 'Hughes' for search.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety.


£85.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Cigna
  • Axa Health

Additional information

  • £85.00 per face to face or telephone/online assessment or therapy session for CBT and/or Counselling, lasting 50 minutes.
  • CBT is referred to as a short term therapy usually lasting 6-20 sessions depending on problems presented.
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy can be either short or long term, anything from 6 sessions upwards.
  • Mindfulness sessions will follow a particular 8 week course 1:1 = £85 per session, or small private groups of two or more fees will be based on attendees. I can run these courses in your own home, but fees may change depending on travel time and cost, agreed in advance of course.
  • I deliver 8 week Mindfulness Courses to organisations or locally (East Dulwich) online and in person, called 'Finding Peace in a Frantic World' designed at the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, for busy people in mind or 'Mindfulness-based Nurturing Parents' course. Fees at present £270. 00 per person per course in a group of at least 8 participants.
  • £100 + for Hypnotherapy sessions lasting 60 mins. Hypnotherapy usually 1-3 sessions (or could be more).
  • I also offer Aromatherapy Massage (full body 75 mins = £85 and Indian Head Massage 30 mins £42.
  • Luxury Bespoke Facials 75 mins - £85
  • Soul Plan 1 session 90 mins £120.
  • Soul Transformation Therapy 1-3 sessions £85 - £100 per session (depending on length).
  • Reiki 60 mins £85.

    48 hours notice needs to be given if a session is cancelled otherwise the full fee will be charged.
    Please pay by bank transfer before your appointment.
    I can offer CBT/Counselling therapy via Health Insurance - Bupa/Aviva/AXA/Cigna.

When I work

Availability can change from week to week. Please enquire.

Further information

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Under good practice guidelines, I will need a GP address and contact details before commencing any psychological therapy. The GP would only be contacted if there were any severe risks presented that may need further investigation/support. I would only contact the GP after a conversation with you about this.

I do not have wheelchair access, but have access for people with limited mobility (No stairs).

I follow an ethical framework and good practice guidelines.

I keep up to date with continued professional development (CPD) in 2016/2017:

Peri-natal mental health training 2 days, NHS, Nov 2015/16.
Mental Phenomena for MBCT teachers, London Insight, Nov 2016.
OCD re-fresher day, NHS, Feb 2016.
CBT Supervision Training, Kings College London, Jan, Feb, March 2016.
Running CBT Groups (1 day w/shop), May 2017.
8 week Mindful Self Comapssion course at Enter Mindful, March 2017.
Nurturing Parents - Mindfulness Based Course, 5 days, July 2017.
Executive Coaching 2020, Online with Cambridge University.
ACT, 2 day course, with Russ Harris in 2021.
Soul transformation Therapy, in person with Blue Marsden, 2021.

East Dulwich, London, SE22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Caroline Hughes
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