Cassie Carson, Psychotherapist (adults, young people & children). UKCP reg.
Hello, my name is Cassie and I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice since 2012. After gaining more experience of working with children and young people I completed my Masters degree in Child & adolescent psychotherapy. I have been working as a child psychotherapist in schools since 2014 (primary, secondary and special needs schools).
Adult counselling & psychotherapy
My journey to becoming a psychotherapist began with my own personal therapy. I clearly remember thinking, finally I feel understood. My own therapy has been instrumental in who I am today and how I work with my clients. I would describe myself as a compassionate and calm practitioner with a good sense of humour, and I work in a relational and authentic way.
Coming to therapy for the first time can be a daunting prospect, and my goal is for you to feel at ease in order that I can help you work through what is causing you suffering. If you are feeling overhwelmed, struggling with feeling sad, anxious or depressed, therapy provides a confidential and safe space to express and work through difficult and often painful emotions. My aim is to listen to you without judgement, to understand and connect with your story. It is important that my clients get the most that they can out of their therapy and as such, as our working relationship develops, I will sometimes challenge you to help you to reflect on your struggles, with the aim of helping you to move forward in a positive way.
People seek therapy for many different reasons - you might be feeling burnt out, depressed, lost, lonely, anxious or overwhelmed. You may have experienced early life trauma/s and this might be causing you issues in your adult life. Or you might have had a recent event that has caused you distress such as a bereavement or loss of a job. Or you might want to make changes to your life and don't know where to start. My background training is Humantistic and Integrative which means that I blend different theories in my work and I tailor our sessions to meet your needs. Whatever the reason for seeking therapy, I believe within each of us lies the potential for healing and change, no matter what the circumstances or how deep the trauma may be.
Child & adolescent psychotherapy
Firstly I believe it is important to say that seeking therapy for your child does not mean that something is wrong with them, or that you as their parent/s have not done a good job. More than ever we are aware of the difficulties children and teenagers are dealing with, and even more so with the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. Often children won't be able to verbalise how or what they are feeling, yet they may communicate this to you in unwelcome behaviours at home or at school. This can be an overwhelming and anxious time for both the child and parent/s.
Child psychotherapy provides a safe space for a child to find ways to express and understand their emotions. My aim is to build a strong relationship with your child and alongside them to help them make sense of angry, painful, sad or confusing thoughts and feelings. I am trained to work creatively and depending on the age of your child our work may involve the use of sand tray therapy, drawing, painting, and play, as well as talking through events and experiences.
When working with younger children I work closely with the parents and families and joint sessions may be appropriate at times. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential unless the child, or other children are at risk.
I believe strongly in the importance of the relationship between the client and therapist and this being an important aspect of the therapeutic process. For this reason I offer a no-charge informal consultation in order for us to meet, and for you to decide if I am the right therapist for you or your child. I am a registered member of the UKCP and I practice in accordance with their code of ethical framework. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Wealden Institute, Crowborough) - BACP Accredited Course.
Masters degree in Integrative Child and adolescent Psychotherapy. UKCP accredited course.
Certificate in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
TA 101 - Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Wealden Institute, Crowborough).
Courses taken in the following;
TA & Working with Children
Working with Adolescents
Treating Traumatised Children
Emotional Regulation Toolkit
An introduction to sand tray
Art based therapy
Attachment & Trauma
Attachment informed psychotherapy
The impact of SEND on Children's emotional wellbeing
Attachment informed psychotherapy: an integrative neuroscience-based model
Trauma & Recovery
Attachment, attachment disorder and Trauma
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Equine Assisted Therapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Wealden Institute, Crowborough).
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Daytime appointments currently available Monday - Thursday. Please contact me for further information.
Free carpark available for appointments in Crowborough, and easy on-road parking at Bexhill.