Carrie O'Connor MBACP
Counselling allows you the opportunity to explore your feelings, emotions and behaviours in a safe and supportive environment. My role is to support you through the process of self-awareness, reflecting back your thinking and gently questioning, allowing you to gain clarity and a deeper understanding. I will not have all the answers but together we will discover ways that help you feel better. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons;
- because they feel anxious
- trapped by patterns of behaviours or ways of thinking or just need to make an important decision and want to talk it through.
Whatever your reason, this supportive therapy can really help make a positive difference to your life.
My name is Carrie and I am a 44 year old mum of two lively boys who spent 17 years working in recruitment for a global firm. As a director in the corporate world I learnt a lot about working with others, people's motivations and aspirations and how life changing events such as changing jobs could effect ones confidence and self-esteem. Much of my work was involved in career coaching and leadership development and training both within my organisation and working with clients especially in the Education sector. Although I loved my work I always felt that something was missing and that there was a different side to working with people that I wanted to explore.
I have been interested in human psychology for many years and took the opportunity to study Hypnotherapy and Counselling after having my two children.
I am now a fully qualified, professional Counsellor and Hypnotherapist (Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling) and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS) and Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MCS Accred) . My training is also Royal College of Nursing accredited. I now work solely in this field.
I practise out of my therapy room in Bookham, Surrey, within easy reach of Fetcham, Effingham, Leatherhead, Dorking, Cobham, Ashtead, Epsom, Reigate, Horsley and Guildford. My therapy room is seperate from our main house and is a haven of peace and tranquility. On colder days my log burner keeps it cosy and in the summer doors can be opened onto the garden.
I always hope to make all my clients feel welcome, valued and supported.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Pro Dip PC)
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
European Mentoring and Coaching Council Senior Practitioner in Coaching Qualification.
Fundamentals of Working with Couples 2 day workshop accredited by COSRT
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Acc)
Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MNHS)
I have been in private practice for the last 6 years.
I have also completed a one year voluntary placement at Guildford College, counselling students aged 16-21years. Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent 17 years in the corporate world working in recruitment and training. As a director of a global FTSE 250 company, I was involved in leadership development and coaching and mentoring programmes, especially within Education.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £55 per 60 minute session. Reduced fees are always considered based on your personal circumstances, so please ask.
I am especially interested in working with chronic anxiety and depression, compulsive behaviours, life-changing events, relationship issues and couples therapy. My style of counselling is Integrative which means I can draw upon a range of techniques to help best support you. I am also a trained Hypnotherapist and so can incorporate deep relaxation/meditation and mindfulness into sessions that some clients find very helpful.
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