Scary, isn't it, admitting you need some help and then having to find someone to help you?
Making contact with a therapist for the first time is a brave step into the unknown and I welcome and applaud you for getting even this far down the track. Most don't even make it here. I very much hope you'll find what you need either in my profile or elsewhere.
Maybe you'd like things to change in your life. You might be struggling with a specific issue such as a relationship difficulty, bereavement, illness or something in your past. You might find yourself feeling generally unhappy or uncomfortable and aren't quite sure why. Perhaps you‘ve come to a point in your life where you are simply keen to know more about yourself. Counselling can help. Together, we can explore your feelings in a bid to find a way in which you can be more content.
I aim to provide a warm and accepting space for you to express yourself fully and in confidence. You can talk about anything you wish to, however difficult. I will listen gently and without judgement.
Before we decide to work together, we will "meet" (online or on the phone) for an initial 20-30 minute session free of charge so that we can discuss what you need from counselling.
I came into the therapy profession quite simply because my own therapists helped me very effectively over time. Part of my own therapeutic journey included coming to the realisation that I wanted to work as a therapist and 6 years of study and reflection ensued.
I worked with a number of different therapists over two decades and I found this helpful. I needed different qualities in a therapist at different times in my life. You might find the same so it is important to find the person who is right for you - come and meet a few of us before you decide who is right for you right now.
As well as traditional talking therapy, I like to work with creative expression (e.g drawing and writing) and the body's felt sense. I offer these as options only. If you are comfortable to explore these alternative methods, we can do so. I offer the opportunity to explore the here and now as well as your past experiences and, if appropriate for you, a more spiritual plane of existence.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Transpersonal Integrative model)
Counselling experience includes working with alcohol dependence, relationship breakdown, bereavement, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, childhood abuse and neglect, self harm, work with young people with learning disabilities, life changes.
Extensive CPD includes: sand tray work, working with shadow, the embodiment of issues, creative journalling, supporting clients with a history of abuse (ongoing) and many diverse lectures.
Other experience includes befriending, transgender issues, victim support work and 7 years spent working as a family lawyer on divorce, child contact, domestic violence, custody and adoption proceedings.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in creativity and how it supports (and challenges) us in other areas of our lives.
First meeting FREE (20-30 minutes)
KEY WORKERS: I am happy to offer a reduced fee of £30 to any key worker in need of support during the coronavirus crisis. Please contact me for details.
£45 per session. Student discount and a small number of low cost appointments available - please ask.
Minimum of 6 sessions to allow us to begin to develop a relationship and for the real work to begin.
Concessions offered for
For more information about my practice, please visit www.carolinelevine.co.uk