Carolyn Thompson MBACP (Accredited)
Hello, my name is Carolyn. I am an experienced counsellor having practised for 14 years. 12 of these have been working in the NHS as a Practice Counsellor. As a result of this I am equipped to work with a wide range of presenting issues. I am also a Relate trained Relationship and Couple counsellor. In both roles I am experienced in working with individuals and couples over the age of 18.
I now offer private sessions in my consulting room at Queens Road Health Centre and another location near the Metro Centre. I offer daytime and evening sessions which are usually at the same time each week but can be fortnightly. I am aware that coming for therapy can be quite daunting but I offer a friendly, professional and non-judgemental space which is private and confidential following the guidelines of my governing body, the BACP.
Individual Sessions - It can be very helpful to bring whatever is troubling you, either from the past or present, to the safety of a counselling relationship. Perhaps you have been hurt or have lost someone and are finding it hard to cope? Perhaps something traumatic has happened to you or you are trying to come to terms with changes in your life. There are so many reasons why people come to counselling. Together we can work to make sense of what is causing your distress and help you to find a way forward. Many people find they are able to make positive changes in their lives and along with this their self-esteem and confidence grows in the process.
Couple Counselling - Counselling can help if you don't feel as close as you once felt. Relationships may need help after an affair, or after the birth of children. Perhaps you feel you are are having too many arguments. Counselling can provide a safe place to talk through these and many issues. It can help by improving communication and support you through a difficult stage in your life.
The number of sessions you have depends on what you would like to work on at any particular time. I aim to tailor the work to your particular needs and we can work this out together and agree a contract in the initial session.
If you would like to book an initial appointment, or if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to ask. You can get in touch either by phone or by email Tel: 07910040197 or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
RELATE Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling
Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
I am trained in Psychodynamic theory with person-centred principles. I now practice integratively which means I draw on a number of other traditions in order to meet the needs of my clients. These include TA, attachment theory, systems theory, mindfulness, CBT and creative approaches.
I first qualified as a Relate Therapist and began my work as a relationship and couple counsellor in 2004. I then qualified as a Counsellor in 2006 at York St John University and went on to work in the NHS, with individuals and couples, as a Practice counsellor for 14 years. As a result of this I have had extensive experience of working with a wide range of issues.
To ensure Continuous Professional Development I complete short training programmes and and reading throughout the year, to ensure my work as a therapist develops and is soundly based.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship issues from Childhood
Individual counselling £40 per hour
Couple Counselling £50 per hour
Concessionary rates are available and this is agreed by phone before the initial session.
As a practitioner I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (a Professional Standards Authority accredited register).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Queens Road has a lift, the other premises are on the ground floor.
Types of client