Carolyn Cassidy PgDip Counselling/Psychotherapy MBACP Registered
Hello and a warm welcome.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor my approach provides the foundation for real therapeutic growth. Counselling is a process in which a trained therapist can help you to understand and deal with difficult emotions that you may be experiencing.
These can be linked with previous difficult life experiences. People often seek counselling when they are going through challenging times in their lives. You may be feeling low, anxious or depressed. I can help you make sense of what is happening and try to help you to find ways of dealing with this.
I will offer a safe place for you to explore your difficulties: I won’t be able to give you all the answers but counselling may help you to find the solution most appropriate to you.Together we can explore and develop your self-awareness, helping you explore the things that can make life feel a struggle.
I speak from my own past experience of sitting in the counselled chair; I understand the daunting feeling of making contact for the first time; however what you experience once that contact is made, can be a journey of developing and connecting with your inner self. Working together there is no need to feel as if you are on your own.
My counselling work covers many areas of mental health - Depression , Anxiety , Stress , Bereavement and many other subjects.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I bring a wealth of knowledge to my counselling practice. For the past 13 years I had been working within the NHS. My experience has been gained working within multiple supporting roles,most recently helping with the growth and development of a Palliative Care Team.
Previously my voluntary working was in a supporting role working with people living with HIV/AIDS, I also practiced within a GP Surgery in the north west of Edinburgh.
I currently work with an organisation seeing clients suffering with many addictions, as well as running a small Private Practice within an room in the centre of Edinburgh.
My experience has been working with a number of clients male and female, suffering in today's society due to trauma, Unaware of the impact past experiences have on our everyday living, I work with clients enabling them to recognise this, preventing future situational crises.
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
. Initial first 20 minute meeting ( free )
. £40 - £45 per session (Face to Face)
Due to the difficult and challenging times of not being able to meet with client's face to face, i am more than happy to offer Phone or online counselling at this time at a reduced rate.
.£20 per 50 minute session
I offer day time and evening appointments on weekdays. Sessions are usually weekly in person, however we can discuss alternative arrangments if that would be helpful.
I work from rooms in central Edinburgh which are easily accessible by public transport, I can give directions on how to get there if needed.