Colette Langridge (Dip) Couns, Registered MBACP
I am a qualified, registered and experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist located in Dorchester. Counselling offers a safe, confidential and accepting place to share your concerns. I work in a way that is Person centred and sensitive to your needs, together drawing upon various approaches we can discover ways to resolve issues, leading to an improved sense of wellbeing.
I specialise in working with depression, anxiety and Trauma. You may feel troubled by past events, feeling fearful about the future. This can impact your work, friendships, relationships and other areas of your life.
We all encounter difficult problems and situations which can be confusing to work through alone. It can be helpful to share these with someone who will listen. The therapeutic relationship is unique because it offers a safe, non-judgmental place which is respectful, and we can work together to resolve those concerns.
After receiving your initial enquiry we will arrange a suitable time to meet for an introduction and to complete an assessment, this will allow for us to mutually agree if my service is right for you.
Counselling sessions, usually weekly, will last for one hour and are 1:1 and face-to-face. The sessions will take place in a professional, welcoming environment at the Poundbury Business Centre in Dorchester DT1 3AW. The agreement will be regularly reviewed to ensure the sessions continue to meet your needs. I offer short term work 6 – 8 weeks or longer-term work depending upon your requirement.
counselling puts client autonomy at the centre of the therapeutic work. All information shared will be treated as confidential and respectfully within certain limitations which includes; harm to self, others or a child at risk.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Counsellor and have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB). I am currently undertaking Level 5 Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) and I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework. I hold a certificate of proficiency, I have an enhanced CRB check. I am fully insured for public liability and professional indemnity. I receive regular supervision to support my work.
I began counselling in 2009 with the Willows Counselling Service in Wiltshire before locating to Dorset in 2014. I support clients who have been working through a wide range of issues which include; stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, eating disorders, sexual identity, loss, self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, sexual violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, anger management, PTSD and Complex PTSD, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, redundancy, parenting and work-related issues.
I currently work part time for STARS Dorset (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service), providing one to one support for clients who have experienced sexual violence, childhood abuse and domestic violence.
I am a person centred counsellor and I have an integrative approach to supporting clients in a way which is unique to their personal needs. We may draw upon other insights such as psychodynamic approaches exploring childhood, attachment related issues, acknowledging somatic symptoms (where memory may be held within the body) by resourcing some sensorimotor techniques, mindfulness and relaxation, creative or some CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), there are many counselling approaches which may suit your individual needs and enhance your wellbeing and recovery.
I undertake regular CPD required for my professional membership of the BACP. These have included: symptom reduction and stabilisation skills, effects of attachment style on teenage years, Disordered eating and attachment, overcoming stress and anxiety, working with survivors of sexual abuse, compassion focused therapy, domestic violence, Borderline personality, childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma, working with disruptive attachment, attachment theory and issues of attachment, Neurolinguistics Programming, CBT in treating panic attacks, Trauma and Dissociation, creative approaches to therapy, motivational interviewing, working with anger, working with character strategies, Myers Briggs, safeguarding children, containment skills, shock and trauma, CBT and low self-esteem.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The effects of Trauma, Dissociation, identifying symptoms and stabilisation.
My fees are £40 Per Hour Session
initial assessment and introduction fee £20
Taking the first step to begin Counselling is a big decision to make and I hope that you will find the experience welcoming and positive. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past and create a positive new way of thinking which will enhance your wellbeing and improve your confidence and self esteem.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday
Types of client