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Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

About me

Welcome to my profile, I'm Caroline, and as an Integrative Psychotherapist / Counsellor of 35 years standing, my aim is to help you (individual or couple) resolve your issues as beneficially and harmoniously as possible.

You may come to see me individually, or as a couple. My aim is to help you, in a non-judgmental way, become more aware of and understand any attitudes and/or behaviours which have been holding you (or your relationship) back. Such understandings open doors to new ways of being which benefit you individually and within relationships at home, at work and socially.

From the start of our therapeutic relationship I listen and, using my non-judgmental professional skills, repeat back to you how I hear you speak so that you can reflect upon how your own thoughts and words sound and make you feel.

The aim is that we work together to widen your perspective about your mental, physical and spiritual lifestyle at home, work and socially. Depending upon what you want to resolve, our work may involve exploring your past as well as your present and future. People have described the ‘talking cure’ like taking a journey, and any journey has to begin with the first step.

Therapy is a matter of personal choice - you choose the steps you wish to take.

It is you who decides to begin your journey of exploration and you also decide how long you want your journey to be. Therefore, we work for as long as is necessary to achieve your aims and objectives. Everything we talk about is completely confidential, so please do get in touch with any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Integrative Psychotherapist with over 35 years experience.
  • Several Integrative Diplomas and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy.
  • First Class BSc Hons degree in Psychology
  • NLP Practitioner.
  • Diploma in Supervision
  • Certificate in Teachers Training Stage I from City & Guilds.

Additionally, I am a Life Coach and I teach Mindfulness. I also counsel Boarding School Survivors. I counsel those who wish to re-examine their experience of BOARDING SCHOOL: the need to survive there and how, as adults, we may unwittingly still be driven by the pain inherited, and the price that may have been paid, because of the enforced separation from their home life.

As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I have trained in a number of therapeutic orientations and disciplines in order to offer a lot more choice in how to help you resolve your issues. I adhere to and practise strictly within a rigorous Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework which means I keep everything you tell me completely confidential, I am properly insured and all my work is supervised by another therapist who is a qualified supervisor.

I keep abreast with new research, development and literature, and I upgrade my professional knowledge for a minimum of 40 hours every year.

Further Experience:

  • Opening and managing an independent practice since 1984.
  • Consultant CBT Psychotherapist at Wokingham Community Hospital
  • Working with Employee Assistance Programmes. (Behavioural Health, Motorola, Red Arc, Oakdale)
  • Working with young adults, men, women and those from different cultural backgrounds to my own.
  • Considerable experience with relationship, couples and sexual issues.
  • Working with borderline personality disorders and all related pathologies.

Member organisations

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling: a reflective style of therapy which involves the counsellor having an open mind, listening to your history in a non-judgmental way and using skills to help you widen your perspective about yourself.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses upon your thoughts and how they influence your moods, emotions and behaviours. Change your mind and you can change your mood for the better. Change your mood for the better and your ability to lead your life more positively and harmoniously occurs quite naturally, and your confidence within yourself about yourself grows stronger.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses upon goal setting and how to achieve, in your own way, in small stages, a well formed outcome in order to resolve your problem. It is often used to help you overcome unwanted habits, fears, phobias, anxiety, stress and tension.

Gestalt is a humanistic, existential therapy which takes a holistic perspective. It follows a creative and experimental attitude to life and the process of therapy. It is especially valuable in helping you understand how to heal and complete any ‘unfinished business’ and unresolved issues in your life.

Relationship/Couples Therapy: This is a specialisation aimed at teaching listening skills; understanding how we interpret/misinterpret each other; sexual/behavioural/linguistic issues; coming back together or separation/divorce - with the latter in mind particular emphasis on how to care for the children (if any).

Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness that we allow ourselves to enter naturally many times every day. It is a relaxed, day-dream-like state somewhere between ‘consciousness’ and sleep, during which time our senses and concentration are heightened. Whilst we relax in a hypnotic state we can open our eyes, talk, move around, do anything we want. Using clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool allows us to focus on a problem and, using our heightened awareness, ‘look’ for our inner resources, abilities and capacities which are there, but may be ‘blocked’ by misunderstandings, anger, grief, trauma, etc. These ‘blocks’ are set up by the mind which mistakenly believes they will help us survive. Unfortunately, these 'blocks' all too often hinder us in some way.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) A practitioner of NLP uses techniques, interventions and tools that clarify how powerful and resourceful your mind is and helps you find ways to overcome the negatives. Using NLP is the precursor to Life-Coaching. It is an optimistic, forward-thinking style of therapy that helps you achieve the most of your relationships, your career and your lifestyle.

Psychosomatic Therapy (PT) is mind over matter. Many medical conditions (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraine, psoriasis, hernias, heart conditions) are believed to be induced by stressful, worrying thoughts and the physical tension these create. PT helps you learn how to re-order your lifestyle to eliminate stress and achieve a balanced and happier way of being mentally and physically fit.

Further areas of counselling I deal with:

Accident prone, Ageing Issues, Agoraphobia, Asthma, Blushing, Boarding School Issues, Claustrophobia, Compulsions (Checking/Cleansing/Tidying), Divorce/Separation, Eating Issues, Embarrassment, Examination Nerves, Exhaustion, Failure Syndrome, Fear of Failure, Frustration, Guilt/Shame, Habits , Hair pulling (trichotillomania), OCD, Indecision/Procrastination, Inferiority, Inhibitions, Insecurity , Isolation, Insomnia, Jealousy, Life Crises, Maturation Issues, Memory, Nail Biting, Nervousness, Nightmares, Over-eating, Pain Control, Panic Attacks, PMS, Public Speaking, Rejection, Shyness, Social Fears/Phobias, Sports Performance, Stage Fright, Tension, Terminal Illness, Worry, Weight Control.

I practise Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Additional information

Psychotherapy by appointment - I work with both long or short term clients.

For individual therapy I charge £50 for every session which lasts for one hour including hellos and goodbyes. For couples therapy I charge £70 per session.

For further information please call, text or email me.  

When I work

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I offer sessions using Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or telephone counselling. I am happy to download the preferred digital communication app of your choice. Session times range from 10am-6.30pm.

Further information

Whilst I am working I rely on my answering machine to act as my helper, so please leave your name, telephone number (slowly and clearly) and any message. The machine records your message confidentially (others are unable to hear it) and I will return your call promptly and discreetly. 

Penton Mewsey, Andover, Hampshire, SP11

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Young people
Older adults

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