Caroline Verna

MBACP Registered Counsellor
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 & LA13

About me

In-person, online and telephone counselling.


If you are here with me now, perhaps it's because you're finding it hard to cope. There might be a difficult event in your life and you're feeling overwhelmed and confused. You might feel isolated with no-one to talk to, or you just find it really difficult to talk to supportive family and friends.

I’m offering you the space that you might need to work through anything that’s causing you distress.

I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and can offer you that safe space where you will be met with empathy, respect and genuineness as we explore your journey together.  I believe we are all unique and have the resources within us to grow, develop and change.

For me, more important than the modality of counselling used is the therapeutic relationship we will build together and it is likely to be the most important factor in your growth and change.  Having a safe space where you can start to face things honestly and openly without fear of judgement can be a good foundation for change.

Counsellors are not experts in you, we come to sessions as equals giving you the non-judgemental space you need to enable change.  I believe that deep down we already know the answers and have the solutions, but maybe we could all do with a hand now and then to reach them and to filter out the noise.

Part of every counsellor's training is to take a good look at their own lives, examining themselves and their approach to life, sifting through their own patterns of behaviour and working out what is and isn't serving them well.  I hope that together we can do the same for you.

It has been my privilege to have worked with people from all walks of life, sometimes working through grief, loss and trauma, often suffering with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and low mood, disordered eating and self-harm, but always with a sense that life could be better for them if they could shift their perspective.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means that not only do I work within its ethical framework, you can also be assured that I have received high quality training and continue to develop my practice through CPD and supervision.

I offer short to long-term counselling to adult individuals and work with a broad range of issues and concerns.

I offer a 1 hour introductory session at a reduced cost of £10 which will help you decide whether I am the right therapist for you.  As well as starting to learn more about what has brought you to therapy, we will use the time to decide how best to go forward together.  Important issues, including confidentiality, appointment times/duration and frequency will be discussed and agreed.

Could counselling change your life?

Client testimonials:

"Thank you for providing a professional and compassionate service"

"Caroline accepted what I said without judging me"

*I no longer feel so terribly alone*

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma (HE) Counselling (University of Cumbria)
  • BACP Registered Member MBACP 379693
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Person-centred Expressive Arts
  • Certificate in First Aid
  • Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate
  • Fully insured

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

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£45.00 per session

Additional information

Introductory session (1 hour) - £10

Counselling session (1 hour) -  £45

I accept payment by bank transfer

Further information

Is it the right time for me to attend counselling?

Counselling is a two-way process in that the person coming to counselling needs to be ready to fully and actively engage in order for it to be helpful. Although a counsellor is unlikely to set you tasks between your sessions you do need to have time to:

  • Reflect and think about what you have explored in your sessions, between each session
  • Process or start to understand what you have explored in your sessions, between each session
  • To be able to manage the often strong feelings and memories that can be brought to the surface
  • To think about what you want to focus on before you come into sessions

There are times when your counsellor might suggest you do some reading, an activity, or self-help exercise that could be helpful to you. It is therefore very important to consider the following in order to decide whether counselling is right for you at this time:

  • Is this the right time for counselling? What makes it right or important for you to access counselling now?
  • Do you have the support and resources you need to be able to cope with strong feelings that can be produced by focusing on difficult experiences? OR are you willing to work on developing these resources in order to be able to effectively use counselling?
  • Counselling is likely to make you more self-aware of what feels uncomfortable or ‘not right’ for you and therefore less satisfied with situations that you may have been ‘putting up with’ for good reasons. It is possible that you may decide to make changes in your life that have longer term consequences or you may need to start taking responsibility for areas in your life that you have wanted to ignore, put off, or deny, for example



Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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My counselling room is on the ground floor with a step up into the hallway. I am located near a main bus route. There is free parking directly outside. Struggling to leave the house? Have you considered telephone or online (zoom) counselling?

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Caroline Verna

Caroline Verna