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BA (Hons) Couns, Dip Couns, MBACP
Swindon SN25 & Banbury OX16

About me

Counselling supported me through some dark and difficult times in the past. Its positive impact changed the trajectory of my life for the better. As a result, I now aim to provide the same support to others. 

Hello and thank you for taking the time to view my page. My name is Caroline and I am an independent counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My aim is to provide you with a safe, supportive and consistent relationship within which we can explore the issues that bring you to counselling. My role is to listen to you without judgement as well as support and encourage you, providing you with a safe environment in which you can feel heard and understood. I do not offer advice. Rather, I aim to support and empower to make your own choices.

I use a client-centred approach in my counselling work and draw on techniques from other approaches too (including transactional analysis, gestalt and CBT), tailoring my approach to suit you as an individual. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Counselling.
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling. 

Current roles:

  • Concurrently to my private counselling practice I am also a Tutor at Banbury Counselling Academy as well as a Counselling Lecturer at Abingdon and Witney College. 

Previous counselling roles:

  • Voluntary counsellor for 3 years working in support of three organisations: a family centre based in Swindon, a charity providing support and provision for the homeless and vulnerably housed based in the City of Oxford and also a private counselling organisation in the City of Oxford.

Previous non-counselling roles:

  • 8 years working with adults cautioned or convicted of criminal offences. 
  • 8 years working with victims and witnesses of crime. 
  • 3 years working in the financial services sector. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anticipatory Grief (grief that occurs before an impending loss). 
  • Disenfranchised Grief: including socially negated loss and / or socially unspeakable losses (losses that may not be recognised by society and / or carry stigma in society). 
  • Issues of Faith. 
  • Issues of Identity (including navigating a loss or change of previously known identity). 
  • Loss.
  • Navigating Change / Choices. 
  • Shame.

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Additional information

Current fees:

  • £40 for 50-minutes individual counselling in-person in Swindon or online.
  • £45 for 50-minutes individual counselling in-person in Banbury. 
  • £50 for 60-minutes in-person couples counselling (Swindon or Banbury). 

I also offer reduced rate fees upon agreement to those on low or no income as well as to trainee counsellors.  Other individual circumstances will also be considered. It is my aim to ensure that, where possible, cost is not a barrier to those seeking counselling support. 

Further information

Please feel free to contact me via email, if you would be interested in discussing counselling with me. We can then make a no-cost initial appointment to speak on the phone to see whether we would be a good fit for one another. 

Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25

19C Parsons Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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Caroline Overton

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