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Humanistic Integrative Counsellor MBACP

About me

Are you tired of that constant negative soundtrack in your head? Fed up of feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed? Consumed by self-doubt and struggling to know which way to turn? Feel like you're surviving, rather than thriving in life?

I'm Charlotte, an experienced counsellor specialising in helping adults and adolescents who feel anxious, overwhelmed or lost in negative thinking to thrive. I will work with you to:

- Understand and tame your anxiety
- Develop greater self-confidence and self-compassion
- Quieten your 'inner critic'
- Learn to say 'no' to others' demands and 'yes' to what you really want in life

Reaching out and asking for support can be daunting, but I'll make it as stress-free as possible. Having worked for over twenty years as a Nurse for the NHS prior to becoming a counsellor, I have a wealth of experience in connecting with people from all walks of life. Successful counselling depends primarily on the quality of the relationship between client and therapist; as a humanistic counsellor it is my aim to provide you with a safe and confidential environment where you can talk openly, without fear of criticism or judgement about the issues that are important to you. With this in mind I offer a free introductory session which gives us the chance to get to know each other and for you to get a feel for how I work. We can then decide if we are a good ‘fit’. Thereafter, I offer 50 minute face to face and on-line sessions from a dedicated therapy space in Hassocks West Sussex, easily accessible from Brighton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and other surrounding areas. 

If you think you would like to work with me, do get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.


 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. MBACP (Wealden Institute of Psychology)
  • BSc Professional practice (Brighton University)
  • Diploma in Nursing (London University)
  • Certificate in General Nursing (Charring Cross Hospital).

Continuing Professional Development

  • TA101
  • Working with the Inner Child 
  • The Psychology of Eating 
  • Foundation Certificate in Trauma Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy 
  • TA Understanding of Depression
  • Personality Adaptations
  • Working with Shame
  • Certificate In Counselling Children And Young People -11-18 YRS - Dunamis, East Sussex (BACP accredited course).

Experience

Chronic Illness  Having worked as a Nurse for over twenty years I have a vast knowledge of illness and the effects a diagnosis of chronic illness can have on emotional health. I am able to empathise with people who have long term illness due to my experience and knowledge of disease which I think offers a different and useful dynamic when working with a therapist. I am also interested in the mind-body connection in relation to illness and work with clients to connect unprocessed trauma with current day illness.

Young people (14-25) I have worked extensively with clients from this age group both in my Nursing career where I specialised in teenage contraceptive & sexual health and also in my role as a therapist. I worked for 3 years as a therapist for the British Institute of Modern Music in Brighton where I saw young clients (16-25 years) with various presenting issues including self-esteem, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ and relationship issues to name a few. I have completed extra training in youth counselling (young people aged 11-17) via the BACP accredited course at Dunamis, East Sussex.

Bereavement and loss I have a wealth of experience with death and dying both in my career as a Nurse but also in my role as a Therapist where I worked for a 2 year period offering counselling to grieving clients at St Peter and St James Hospice. Grief is an extremely personal and unique experience and can be associated not only with death but with all loss. It is essential as a therapist to meet the client where they are on their grief journey; mourning can not be rushed.

However my subject area for counselling is not exhaustive and I am open to what ever you want to bring.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer Food Relationship Coaching for people who have a difficult relationship with food. 

By working together we will make sense of why you became disconnected from your innate ability to feed yourself and co-create ways in which you can reconnect with your internal wisdom.

Discovering and repairing your relationship with food will give you the peace of mind you deserve around eating, which in turn will result in your natural healthy weight.

Please visit greenarctherapy.com for more detail, 

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

Fees (2022)
Free 30 minute Introductory session via phone.

50 minute general therapy session - £50 (commitment to at least 6 sessions)

Concessional rate for students and low income.  50 minute general therapy session - £40

Food Relationship Coaching - £60 hourly session or £420 for an 8 week package

Sessions can be face to face or via zoom depending on your preference.

Cancellation Policy: Sessions will be charged in full if less than 24 hours notice is given.

When I work

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Further information

My Designated therapy space is private and peaceful with full wheelchair access.

Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6

Type of session

In person
Online
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Zoom