Carrie Hansen BA, PGCE, BSc, MBPS, PGDip, CMCOSCA, MBACP
I currently work as a counsellor in private practice, in schools, and in local agencies.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children. I have a particular interest in helping people to deal with adverse developmental processes.
Adolescent clients may experience a range of difficulties. These may be emotional, such as depression and anxiety; but they may also be developmental, such as autism or learning differences. Each of these can be complicated by their behavioural expressions. I work alongside them to explore and understand their inner experience at their own pace and to encourage emotional regulation, self-care, and self-awareness. Through this, they build mental strength and confidence.
I work with adult survivors of abuse, in deep appreciation of their difficult life journeys, and the despair and desperation that many experience. By exploring current feelings and life strategies, we can work towards understanding and processing troublesome experiences by focusing on their present impact. While narrative accounts of the past may help with understanding, it is engaging with the past we carry with us daily in our emotional states that enables growth.
We can be released from the tragedy of being locked in shame over events which we cannot change, and over which we had little control. We are all entitled to live in world as we are.
As well as seeing clients with these deep-seated issues, I am also happy to work with people who wish to address more specific goals, such as dealing with a stressful work situation or thinking through a difficult relationship. 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.
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|