Caroline Strachan, MBACP, Adv Dip Integrative Counselling
Well done for trying to find a counsellor you would like to work with, the right person for you, as it can take some courage to seek counselling. It can be a deeply personal experience.
If this is your first time looking for a counsellor, I’d imagine that the range of different counsellors and approaches may feel a bit confusing and daunting to choose from.
I welcome you here as a first step. Struggles in life are normal. We all face them and it’s completely understandable to want to feel better or different. Life can be great but it can also be tough and confusing. If you’re struggling with something now, you don’t have to face it on your own. I feel passionately about the potential and opportunities within counselling for positive life changes.
You may sense after this that you feel ready to find out more. You can drop me an email, call me or send me a text letting me know when works for you for me to get back to you. You don’t need to go into detail, you can just give me an indication of why you are looking for counselling.
After we’ve been in touch, you might have a good feeling about meeting up. I offer a free initial one hour session to meet and talk about what you hope to get from counselling and how we might work together.
I understand that it can be difficult for some people to come to counselling during the day, and I do provide some evening and weekend sessions.
What’s my counselling approach like?
Working from a humanistic philosophy, I see you and your life events as unique, and you and our therapeutic relationship are at the centre of my integrated approach.
I offer you kindness, acceptance, integrity and respect. Clients describe me as calm, caring and friendly and say that they feel heard and understood, and that this is helpful.
Talking with someone unconnected with your life events can be helpful, however distressing or confusing things may feel right now. I would use my training, experience and skills as a counsellor to help you make sense of your situation, with warmth and understanding and realness every step of the way.
How long does counselling last?
Each session lasts for an hour. It’s usually weekly sessions but we can be flexible. We’d look together at what’s best for your needs.
I work with some people short term, focusing on a specific problem or issue. Others choose to explore something over a longer period of time. We would have ongoing reviews as to what’s helpful for you and what you would like to work on as we continue. I would help you discover how to use your counselling sessions as sometimes it can feel like there’s quite a few things wanting to be talked about and worked through.
What draws some people into counselling?
People come to counselling with me for many different reasons. Some people might be finding it harder to do things, don’t want to feel so sad or depressed, or perhaps need help with anger. Anxiety and its effects are common and people talk about wanting to feel less anxious.
We can take the time you need to look at relationship issues. If it feels that life could be a bit easier if something was less confusing or resolved, counselling can help provide clarity. Counselling can be a safe space for you, time to be with whatever. It can be about acknowledging what is helpful and moving on from what is not. We look together at raising awareness.
Counselling can provide some respite, some relief and it’s ok to not know what it is that’s bothering you. You may be feeling out of sorts or just not yourself and that may bring you into counselling as you want to feel like yourself again.
I have found that there are also areas that are perhaps too difficult or confusing to put into words and when you feel ready to do so, to get in touch, we could start to make some sense of those together.
Where would we meet?
We would meet in the light spacious counselling room upstairs in the Harbour House in Kingsbridge to give you the opportunity to check out whether the room, building and location are OK for you too. There’s a large car park at the Quay across the road, and also street parking nearby.
If you need a more accessible room, please let me know and I can make arrangements with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), working professionally within the BACP Ethical Framework, to their rigorous standards.
I trained and qualified on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited course) and the Certificate in Counselling course at the Iron Mill College in Exeter, a leading provider of Mental Health and Wellbeing Training and Education.
Many of my professional and voluntary roles before training as a counsellor were in the not-for-profit sector supporting people through work on inclusion, communication, education and safety. I fundamentally believe in inclusion, and celebrate diversity. I have many years experience of supporting young people within education, including ten years as a teacher.
I have worked as a volunteer counsellor in an affordable counselling service for adults since 2016. This means that I have had the opportunity to offer counselling to people from many walks of life, with a range of issues that they want to work on together.
I am an Honorary counsellor in a University Wellbeing Service, providing counselling for students. I also work as a counsellor in a Sixth Form on a voluntary basis one day a week, working on a range of issues faced by many young people.
I have current DBS approval. I have completed professional training in safeguarding.
I am training further in areas of interest such as anxiety. I have completed recent professional training in Mindfulness for Stress Reduction.
I am committed to continuous professional development. I have listed more detail on my website. I’m pleased to have managed to create a website, and I admit that it is still a work in progress as I develop my ICT skills!
I wish you well in your search for your counsellor. I welcome all enquiries.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
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I offer a free initial session, as an opportunity to meet and talk about what working together might be like. Personally, I found this helpful when I was looking for my own counsellor.
One-to-one counselling is £40 a session. Each session is sixty minutes.
Concessions: I offer reduced rates to students, and to those training to be a counsellor.
I also offer some reduced rates to people on a low income.
I am happy to be contacted to provide further details,
Kind wishes, Caroline
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime appointments. I also have some evening and Saturday morning sessions.
Types of client