Carrie Hansen BA, PGCE, BSc, MBPS, PGDip, CMCOSCA, MBACP
My name is Carrie and I currently work with adults like yourself in a local private practice.
It can be hard to imagine what feeling okay would be like when worry, sadness or self-hate have been a constant part of your mental life. For many, this state of mind can feel permanent, as if it is just personality. People who come for counselling want more from life than this. In a sense, we all know what is ‘wrong’ or what has happened to us to make us suffer, feel numb, miserable or unsatisfied. It is this knowing, healing part of ourselves which searches these lists and I welcome and cheer you as you trust and follow it. So how can I help? I am a Person-Centred Counsellor. I offer an alliance with you in which you can tell your story and follow your own unique path to healing. I follow the teachings of Carl Rogers (please Google him) who came to understand that therapeutic healing involves addressing the conflict that can rage in our minds when we have come to mistrust and fear our inner selves.
A central principle of the Person-Centred approach is that the client is the expert in their own life, and is best placed to set the scope of the therapeutic conversation. I work with people who wish to address specific problems, such as dealing with workplace bullying or thinking through a difficult relationship. I also work with survivors of abuse, in deep appreciation of their difficult life journeys, and the despair and desperation that many experience. I have a particular interest in helping people to deal with adverse developmental processes. These can range from school bullying, child abuse in all its forms, ‘scapegoating’, family alcoholism and ‘narcissistic’ and sexual abuse. Other difficult early experiences, such as emotional and psychological neglect or abuse can leave us feeling we have no real reason to feel so bad!
In a safe therapeutic conversation we can reflect on our beliefs about ourselves and who we are, on our problems and circumstances and on others from our past and in our present. I work alongside and help to explore and understand these experiences and encourage emotional regulation, self-care, and self-awareness, building mental strength and confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Sociology 1989
BSc Psychology 2010
Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Distinction)
My own developmental experiences led me to study Sociology, with a view to understanding the social context of psychological disadvantage.
My desire to make a difference to other children’s life experiences led me to train as a primary school teacher, working initially with early stages and later, children with disabilities.
This fed my interest in personality development, and I studied for a degree in Psychology through the Open University.
Finally, I felt that the most direct way to explore and address the distress I could see around me was by training as a therapeutic counsellor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- 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
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
I normally charge £50 for a one hour session with a single client. The initial (assessment) session is free.
I offer concessionary rates to students and to anyone in financial hardship. I do not believe that cost should be a barrier to accessing counselling.
I am happy to negotiate fees for group work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
We are on the ground floor with wide corridor so wheelchair access is possible however, our toilet is not wheelchair accessible.
Please message me for availability. I can accommodate some evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|