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.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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 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.
Please message me for availability. I can accommodate some evenings.