Caroline Strachan, MBACP Registered (Adv Dip Counselling)
I welcome you here as a first step to finding the right person for you. Well done for trying to find a counsellor you would like to talk to, someone who will understand you.
Life can be great but it can also be tough and confusing. Struggles in life are normal. We all face them and it’s completely understandable to want to feel better or different.
Are you 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.
My name is Caroline Strachan and I am a fully qualified Counsellor. I am trained to help you make sense of what is going on for you.
Do you feel ready to find out more? You can drop me an email, call me or send me a text. You don’t need to go into detail, you can just give me an indication of why you are looking for counselling. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I also have more information on my website which you may find helpful.
I offer a free initial consultation as time and space to talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and how I can best support you.
Clients describe me as calm, caring and friendly and say that they feel heard and understood, and that this is helpful. I offer you kindness,acceptance, integrity and respect.
How might counselling help?
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. This is your space to be you.
People choose counselling 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.
NO FACE TO FACE SESSIONS CURRENTLY
Where would we meet for face to face sessions once this social distancing has passed?
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.
I offer counselling to adults.
I have current DBS approval. I have completed professional training in safeguarding.
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.
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.
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
I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation as an opportunity to talk about what you hope to get from counselling. 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