Charlotte Williams Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

MBACP (Accred.)

About me

I first came across psychotherapy when my mother was depressed many years ago. I wanted to understand her, my family and myself better. I have always been interested in human development - what makes us grow up as we do. My training has led me to encourage clients to be curious about themselves, rather than to judge or criticise themselves.

I have 20 years' experience working with people from many different backgrounds and believe that self-acceptance is a vital part of change. I offer a safe and welcoming environment in which we can explore your life together. You may have a particular issue you want help with or you may want an opportunity to explore feelings and habits that have been with you for a very long time. Our work together can encompass both of these.

In your first session I will ask you about yourself and what has made you come for therapy at this point in your life. This is so that we can understand the most important focus for the counselling. I will let you know if I think I can help you and ask you to take a few days to consider if I am the right therapist for you. We will discuss together if you want your therapy to be for a specific period or on-going - I often start with a programme of six sessions, then review. I work online, usually via Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

I was trained at the Gestalt Centre, London and have a Diploma in Counselling.
My previous training was in bodywork psychotherapy and I am particularly interested in how a person's emotional history is expressed through the way they carry themselves physically and energetically. Having an awareness of how energy moves within us can shed light on many aspects of life we were previously unaware of. I have 12 years' experience of working with people to help them explore these energetic processes.

As a Jewish woman whose parents' lives were deeply affected by the Holocaust, I have personal experience of 'cultural trauma', trauma that can be carried down through different generations of a community or population. Many people living in the UK today are the children or grandchildren of people who have fled here from situations of terrible persecution. The future generations may not have experienced the trauma personally, but they have grown up in the shadow of it and in the atmosphere of it, almost breathing it in. I am very interested in working with people who have experienced some of this in their family and in helping them come to terms with this in their own life.

Likewise, many people in the UK live in two cultures, that of their parents and that of their peers, colleagues and friends. This dual cultural identity can lead to living a split life, which causes stress and anxiety as well as anger, frustration and guilt. This is an area of great interest to me.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

Photos & videos

Fees

Additional information

I charge £50 per session of 50 minutes.
I have two places for people who cannot afford the full fee. This is usually for a period of 3 months and is negotiated between us, according to your circumstances.

When I work

Mondays in Brighton, Wednesday afternoons in Bethnal Green, London E2

The Crypt Psychotherapy Practice, St John On Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Carlton Hill Therapy Rooms, Unit 1, Kemptown House,, 72 Carlton Hill, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0GW

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair access in Bethnal Green and Brighton practices. Three steps from street at Lewes practice.

Online platforms

Zoom

Social