My name is Carolyn and I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor offering private counselling. During the current Covid-19 pandemic I am only offering telephone or video counselling.
We all struggle with issues in life that cause us anxiety and distress. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to friends and family about problems and difficult emotions. I can offer you a safe, confidential space in which you can talk about anything that you need to, without criticism or fear of being judged.
I have a special interest in working with Young People and have received specialist training in working with this age group. Previously I have worked in a secondary school and mentored young people. Some teenagers like to just talk about things. Some prefer a more creative approach. I am able to be flexible regarding the style and content of the sessions. Our sessions are informal and the emphasis is on helping the young person to feel comfortable enough with me to be able to share their difficulties.
I also work with children school year 5 and above. Counselling children is very different from counselling adults. I use a lot of play based techniques in order to help the child to express themselves and work through their anxieties. Some of the therapeutic tools I use are drawing, Play Doh, drama and story telling.
Previously I was a health care professional for 25 years in both hospital and primary care settings. I am currently married to a doctor. I have an understanding of some of the pressures and stresses that health care workers and their families can experience, particularly in these difficult times.
How counselling may help?
You may feel that you need help with a specific issue such as a bereavement, redundancy or other life event. At other times it can feel as if life is a real struggle and you may feel confused, dissatisfied or lacking confidence. Sometimes you come to realise that events that have happened in the past can be affecting the way that you live your life today.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic everyone has experienced huge changes in the way that they live their lives.
For some it has been a chance top re-evaluate their lives and they have identified areas in their lives that they wish to change. For others it has been time to spend with children and family. Now as people return to a new 'normal' way of living with unknown futures , it is stirring up anxiety in adults and children alike. Some people have experienced traumatic events that have left them feeling fearful, low, burnt out or struggling with grief. I can support you or your child and help you to find a better way of coping.
I can offer you a safe space to explore any of these issues in your own time. Building up a good relationship between us is really important, in order that you will feel able to talk about these difficult feelings and thoughts. It is not unusual to feel nervous about taking the first step and talking to someone that you don't know about your concerns. I offer an initial 30 minute taster session. This gives you the opportunity to meet me and to ask any questions that you have about the counselling process.
How I work:
I am trained to help you to explore, and make sense of personal difficulties or to look at how you may want to change some areas of your life. I will not tell you what to do or give you advice. My aim is to enable you to look at options and develop ways of altering your approach to life, empowering you to move forward and make changes that will benefit you, both now and in the future.
I believe that everyone is an individual and has different styles, personalities and outlooks on life. Working as an Integrative Counsellor enables me to draw upon different approaches in order to offer you a way of working that best suits you.
I have experience working with individuals from all walks of life. Issues I have helped people with recently include
- relationship issues
- work issues
- self harm
- exam stress
- transition to secondary school
- job loss
- family issues
- gender identity
- low self esteem
- struggles with parenting
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Training, qualifications & experience
FdA Integrative Counselling, University of Greenwich (commended)
Post graduate Diploma in Counselling children and Young People , University of Wales. (MA level)
Certificate in online Counselling (80 hours CPD)
I am an Accredited Member of BACP and am on their Professional Register. I adhere to their Code of Ethics.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial taster session lasting 30 minutes at a cost of £30 .This allows you to find out a bit more about counselling and to see if you feel that counselling will help you at this time.
I offer 50 minute sessions which costs £50 per session.
I offer 30 minute sessions for children in school years 5 and 6 costing £30
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