Caroline James BA (Hons), MBACP (Reg)
Hello, my name is Caroline, welcome to my profile page. If you have any questions after reading the following information about how I work as a counsellor, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The room I work in is private and confidential and is within a secure building in a semi-rural location in Redcar. There is ample free parking (including disabled parking) and disabled access.
I can offer long and short term counselling sessions to adults and have experience of working with clients from the age of 18 years through to those in their latter years. In addition to this, I offer personal therapy to student counsellors as they begin their own personal journey of discovery.
With the theory of Person-Centred Counselling underpinning my practice, I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor and therefore will work with you in a genuine, non-judgemental, empathic way at your pace and with whatever you are experiencing in life (please see below the issues I can work with). This helps to build a strong relationship where your thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be explored safely with confidence, and where you can gain a clearer understanding of what is going on for you and through this, make positive changes in your life. I passionately believe counselling can change lives and most importantly, facilitate self acceptance, which in turn helps to promote positive personal growth.
I like to work in an open, honest way and I encourage reflection at the end of each session. This helps me to ensure that we are working effectively for you as an individual, and allows me to adapt my approach to meet your individual needs and preferred way of working. I do this by drawing on my experience of other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Counselling and Transactional Analysis (TA).
As a counsellor I have extensive experience of working with males and females within specialist sexual/domestic violence agencies, and understand the impact of trauma (this includes childhood abuse) on the individual, their relationships and on their life in general. I also have experience of working with a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (originally Borderline Personality Disorder) and Bipolar (the focus of this work has been on acceptance and living with the diagnosis).
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their ethical guidelines of good practice and undertake regular clinical supervision and continual professional development (CPD).
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling (First)
- FdA Counselling (Distinction)
- Level 3 Counselling Skills
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- Transactional Analysis 1,2,3
- Introduction to Gestalt 1,2,3
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Living and Working with Dissociation
- Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
- Dealing with distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm
- Working with Relational Trauma
- Trauma and the Body
- BACP - Making Anger Your Friend
I have worked within specialist sexual/domestic violence agencies during training and since qualifying and I have also had experience working within an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) mental health service.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Free telephone initial assessment prior to commencing counselling to ensure my service is appropriate for you and to gain some understanding of why you feel counselling may be helpful for you at this moment in time.
- First session £30 (50 minutes)
- Subsequent sessions £40 (50 minutes)
- Student rate £25 (50 minutes)
Phone: 07510934743 (if you leave a message or a text I will get back to you as soon as I can).
Concessions offered for
A number of clients have said to me that they were sceptical at first about counselling, but would now recommend to others and have. Some clients feel initially as though what they are experiencing is not 'bad' enough for counselling, this is not the case. Whatever is preventing you from feeling 'okay' or is holding you back in life, is important to you and also to me as a counsellor.
Please contact me by phone or email (as above) with any queries you may have about counselling or how I work as a counsellor, or to arrange an initial assessment. Thank you.