Carolyn Thompson MBACP (Accredited)
In response to the Coronavirus situation I will continue to be available for counselling sessions by video link via ZOOM or telephone counselling.
Even when you have decided to come for counselling, looking for a counsellor can seem quite daunting, so finding the right person to share your thoughts and feelings with is very important. I offer a caring and calm space for you to feel accepted, without judgement. I will listen to your concerns with the aim of exploring and understanding your individual needs and can adapt my approach to work with your particular difficulties. I am an experienced counsellor having practiced for 14 years, 12 of these have been working in the NHS as a Practice counsellor in GP surgeries. As a result of this I am able to work with a wide range of issues.
As a Relate trained counsellor I also work with couples or individuals who particularly want to address relationship issues.
If you would like to talk about any further queries you may have, please don't hesitate to contact me, either by phone or by email.
What I Offer
Individual Counselling - It can be very helpful to bring whatever is troubling you, either from the past or present, to the safety of a counselling relationship where trust can develop. 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. I can provide a safe place to talk through these and many other issues. I can help you to improve communication in your relationship and support you through a difficult stage in your lives.
The sessions last 60 minutes. In the initial session we can talk about why you are coming for counselling and gain an understanding of what might be helpful to meet your particular needs. We can then tailor the number of sessions accordingly.
I offer private sessions in my counselling room here in Rowlands Gill, a few minutes away from the Metro Centre. I offer daytime and evening sessions which are usually at the same time each week but can be fortnightly if that is more convenient.
Each session is private and confidential following the ethical guidelines of my governing body, the BACP.
If you would like to book an initial appointment, or if you would like any further information 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 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.
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
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).