About me

An experienced counsellor since 2003, with a background in the NHS, Education and privately with adults and adolescents both face-to-face and online who are struggling with issues such as Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Low self esteem, Depression, Low self confidence, Bereavement and Feeling Sad. I understand that it can feel very difficult to make that first contact and I am happy to speak on the phone or via email to help you decide whether you would feel comfortable to set up an initial appointment.

It is always my aim to provide a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental relationship in which, together, we can explore how you are feeling and discuss any changes you wish to make.

Sometimes life becomes difficult and feelings become overwhelming. It can feel like there is nowhere or no-one to turn to and you cannot see a way forward. I have helped clients suffering from Depression, Anxiety (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder), Panic attacks, Bereavement, Low Self Esteem, Feeling sad, Relationship and Family problems, Redundancy, Abuse, Physical illness and Stress as well as other situations which have felt too much and have prevented clients from living the way they wish to. Sometimes we try to manage situations like these, but it may be that you just cannot see how things can become better.

As well as working with adults, I was Head of a College Counselling service for 8 years working with adolescents dealing with a wide range of issues including those above but also more specifically exam anxiety, eating disorders, panic attacks, family and relationship situations, bereavement, low self-esteem, self harm, anger, and issues around sexuality and identity.

I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is the most important factor in feeling safe and free to speak about what is happening and to begin to share your anxieties and feelings in a safe and confidential setting.  The sessions will allow you to reflect and explore your feelings and we can discuss any changes to wish to make.

If you are thinking about whether counselling may be able to make a difference, please contact me to talk about your situation and we can agree whether an initial appointment would be helpful. We can also discuss whether counselling is right for you at this time.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working as a counsellor since 2003. I have worked in a wide variety of settings including the NHS Adult Psychotherapy Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other agencies and schools. I spent over 5 years working with, training and supervising student counsellors.   I recently worked for 8 years in a sixth form college as the Head of Counselling with 16-19 year olds, as both Counsellor and Supervisor. This is addition to working with adolescents and adults in my private practice.

I work with adults and adolescents on a short or long term basis depending on their needs, which we discuss at our first meeting.

I am an Accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Member of UKRCP
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Member EMDR Association UK
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Training - Parts 1-4
  • British Association of Psychotherapy -  Supervision Training
  • Westminster Pastoral Foundation – Post Qualifying Certificate in CBT

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This approach is currently used in the NHS to help people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress following a traumatic, or series of, traumatic experiences.

Fees

From £50.00 to £75.00

Additional information

I charge between £50 - £75  per individual session.  

Availability

Weekdays (some evening appointments)

Further information

My practice is located in Epsom within 10 minutes walk from Epsom Station. It is ideally situated for clients from, Epsom, Worcester Park, Stoneleigh, Ewell, Ashstead, Leatherhead, Cobham, Sutton, and Cheam.

Epsom
Surrey
KT19

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations

Key details

Parking is available outside

Online platforms

Zoom
Caroline Varga

Caroline Varga