Carrie Best

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MBACP, DipHE Psychodynamic Counselling
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Coulsdon CR5 & Warlingham CR6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I'd like to welcome you to my page. My name is Carrie,I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor  and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP),

We all have times in life when we find it hard to cope, and our lives can seem very overwhelming.

Please have a look through my profile to see if you feel I could help you in any way.

There are many people who choose therapy when they are experiencing an upheaval or difficult, upsetting time in their lives.

You may be feeling depressed, anxious, or dissatisfied with life in some way - and even if you have the support of a family member or friend, It can be sometimes difficult to communicate to those closest to you about how you are feeling.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to somebody who is separate from your every day life, who can listen without judgement and offer you the support and guidance you need.

This is when talking to a Psychodynamic Counsellor can help.

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on both the past and present. The psychodynamic approach looks at how important the role of the unconscious and past experiences is on influencing our current behaviour.

As a counsellor I aim to provide a supportive, safe, strictly confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore and make sense of your thoughts and emotions from your individual perspective.

Therapy can not erase a difficult past but it can give you the tools to equip you to move on more easily, it can increase your resilience, and it can enable you to make positive changes in your every day life.

Research shows Freud's 'Talking Cure' helps to alleviate all sorts of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, life crisis, trauma, eating disorders, self harm and relationship issues. If you are at a point in your life where you are motivated to seek change, there is every reason to believe that therapy can help you

You are welcome to make an appointment at either of my two practices - in Coulsdon or in the village of Warlingham both locations are easily accessible by both public transport and by car.

For further information about my practice and background please feel free to visit my website

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling from the University of Surrey

Level 3 Certificate in Psychodynamic counselling

B.A.C.P member ( British association counselling and psychotherapy)

2 years working as a school counsellor (5-11 years old)

In addition to private practice I also work in a low cost counselling service as a volunteer and have experience with issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Health Anxiety, panic disorders / attacks,Generalised anxiety disorder, low self esteem, relationship difficulties/ issues, post- natal depression, loss, separation, divorce, addiction, self-harm, work related stress, anger and frustration.

I believe in the importance of continual professional development and regularly attend training events and workshops and continue to work on my own personal development through weekly Analytical Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

generalised anxiety disorder

relationship issues

panic disorder


Health Anxiety


feeling sad

family issues

fertility, IVF , Miscarriage, 

separation and divorce

affairs and betrayals

bipolar disorder

seasonal affective disorder (sad)

postnatal depression



personality disorders


child related issues

low self-esteem

sexual abuse

emotional abuse

low self-confidence

eating disorders

anger management


drug abuse

borderline personality disorder

depression and anxiety in children

sex addiction

binge-eating disorder

post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

sex problems

behaviour problems

asperger's syndrome


anorexia nervosa

obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)



internet addiction

Health Anxiety


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Taking those first steps to approach a counsellor can be very difficult and may evoke feelings of anxiety.I am more than happy for you to email me at if this feels easier, so that we can take the initial steps towards making an appointment.

Initial assessment session - £35

Day time individual session - £40

Evening/weekend individual session -£40-£45

Couples session- £50.00

16- 18 years old - £25.00

Telephone session- £35

Skype calls -£35

Concessions are available for students, those in receipt of benefit, pensioners, and those attending counselling more frequently than once per week.

When I work

I have evening availability from 4pm till 9pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and day time availability on a Mondays and Wednesday morning 9.15am -2.15pm

Further information

The initial assessment session lasts for an hour and gives us the opportunity to meet each other, this can be done face to face or on Skype to establish if counselling is for you and if I am the right counsellor for you.

There is no obligation to continue after the initial assessment.

I offer both short term and long term counselling depending upon your individual needs.

if you would prefer telephone/ Skype counselling I offer this at a lower hourly rate and am available both daytime and evening for this service

Therapy & Life Centre, 218 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2NF

Warlingham, Surrey, CR6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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Carrie Best
Carrie Best