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BSc, MA, MBACP

About me

Hello, my name is Charlotte.  I am a qualified person centred therapist. I offer a confidential non- judgemental environment in which you can explore whatever it is you may be feeling or experiencing, in your own time and at your own pace. The way I work is non-directive, allowing clients to explore their concerns in an environment where you feel safe, supported and accepted.  Through this process, people can enhance their self awareness,  to feel more self-accepting and become more empowered in their lives.  

I have worked for a range of services, including organisations such as: Mind UK, Talking Together, Age UK and The Brain Charity. I also have experience working for several years as a Mental Health Practitioner in a range of environments, including educational settings and residential services working with complex care and mental health illness. 

I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation for new clients. This is so I can introduce myself and so you have the option of asking questions about my practice. It can also help to 'break the ice' before meeting face to face, and enables you to consider if you want to take up the service.

If you are unsure if my service would be right for you, then feel free to contact me to discuss further.

I offer long-term face-to-face therapy, online counselling, short-term face-to-face therapy, telephone counselling.  Clients I work with include: Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations.

I am a registered member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by its Code of Ethics.  I also hold a enhanced DBS certificate.  This includes keeping up to date with continuing professional development and supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified to help with a range of issues including anxiety and depression, eating disorders, PTSD, Trauma, abuse,  self harm, low self esteem, long term health illness, loss, grief and relationship issues. 

  • BSc Hons Educational Psychology - (2012)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB (2017)
  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (2020)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation for new clients.

I charge £50 per session for all the services I offer.

When I work

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I currently practice part time privately and work part time at The Brain Charity.

Further information

What Is Person Centred Therapy?

Person centred therapy, also known as client-centred therapy, is one of the major models of psychotherapy practiced worldwide. The therapist offers support, guidance and structure to enable the client to discover their own personal solutions to their problems. It has been shown to be effective for a range of client problems, and primarily for anxiety and depression.

Person centred therapy can be short-term or long-term, depending upon the client’s needs. Sessions are weekly and last for about one hour each, and costs are comparable with other types of therapy. 

Person centred therapy is based upon the underlying belief that every person has both the ability and the desire to reach their potential through personal growth and change. This natural inclination is called the self-actualizing tendency. The ability to self-actualize derives from a person’s capacity for self-understanding and for changing their own self-concepts, as well as attitudes and behaviours. The interactions between the therapist and client facilitate this change.

Client centred therapy is distinct from other forms of therapy in two major ways: a focus on the unique nature of each client, and the therapist’s avoidance of giving any direction to the issues discussed. As a non-directive therapy, the therapist does not attempt to direct the conversation in the session.

The client is encouraged to lead in each session by bringing up the issues, feelings, or difficulties that are relevant to them. Each client’s thoughts, experiences, and beliefs are seen as valid content for the sessions. 

Due to the uniqueness of each person, the client is viewed as the expert of his own experience, while the therapist is the expert in the theories and methods of therapy. This belief creates a team approach with equal partners in the team rather than an expert therapist with a helpless patient, as is the model in psychoanalysis. 

The setting of goals in person centred therapy is also tied to the concept that the client is the only person with expert knowledge of themselves. Only the client is able to set goals that are desirable and worthwhile for themselves. There are some generalised goals as well, which include minimising distress, improving self-esteem, increasing self-understanding, and facilitating personal growth. 

Wallasey, Merseyside, CH45

Liverpool, Merseyside, L1

Type of session

In person
Online