Do you recognise that you need help to work through difficult issues which are stopping you from living a happy fulfilled life? Perhaps you are just wondering how you will get through the day? My name is Caroline and I am a committed and experienced psychotherapist with over 20 years experience of working through a wide variety of issues and struggles. I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy in a quiet and supportive place. Issues I work with include relationship issues, work issues, self esteem difficulties, depression, anxiety and stress. Emotional sexual and physical abuse issues. Trauma and feelings of sadness, confusion fear and loss. Exploration of other life issues such as feelings of hopelessness and fear of life itself.
A little about myself
I began my working life as a Careers Advisor but realised that it was Counselling which really tugged at my heart and where my skill lay. I qualified as a Counsellor in 1992 and then invested 5 more years to qualify as a Gestalt Psychotheraist. I was naturally drawn to learning this therapy as I experience it being the most effective for helping with distress and bringing clarity to difficulties and issues.
Gestalt therapy is a compassionate method of helping to understand and come to terms with distressing thoughts and feelings which may feel complex or contradictory. It's giving the time and space to safely look together at what is causing distress, to bring clarity. With clarity, so much more is possible. It may be that working through the difficult situation may bring peace and a sense of coming to terms. It may be that you decide to make a decision or a different choice in your life.
Please feel comfortable to contact me as I'm happy to answer any questions to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 20 years of Counselling and Psychotherapy experience working in various work settings such as General Practices as well as working in my private practice in more recent years.
I have training in EMDR, a therapy which particularly helps with any trauma issues which may emerge in the sessions.
My relevant Counselling and Psychotherapy qualifications are:-
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
feelings of helplesness
I work on Wednesdays and Fridays daytime only
I offer both brief and long-term Counselling and Psychotherapy to reflect what you may want and need from our sessions. I aim to be mindful of the balance between offering my skills and support whilst respectfully following your lead so we can work through your difficulties together.