About me

Having trained as an Integrative Counsellor, I am able to draw on my knowledge and experience of various counselling theories in order to find the most appropriate way of working with you.

Having had first hand experience of being the client in a counselling relationship, I am only too aware of how daunting it can feel when looking for the right person to accompany you on your journey. My aim is to try to see and experience the world as it is for you, providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which you can explore your reasons for coming to counselling.

I have a counselling room in the rural village of Albury, a short drive from Bishops Stortford, Ware and Buntingford . There is parking available.

I am able to offer both short and long term work depending on what it is that brings you to counselling. 

I believe that you, the client, are the expert in your own world and that you are capable of discovering, processing and healing yourself in order to find a happier, healthier way of being. Sometimes we can become stuck in life (for a variety of reasons), and it is at this time that it is important to reach out and find the support we need to address this. As your counsellor, I would hope to be this support for you.

I work with clients who present with a wide variety of issues such as: anxiety, depression, family/relationship problems, feelings of sadness, low mood, generalised anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence, feelings of panic, stress and social anxiety.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I spent 3 years training as an Integrative Counsellor. During this time I achieved: 

  • Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory.
  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
  • Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

During the final year of my training, I worked 1 day a week counselling children and young people in primary and secondary schools. I also worked 1 day a week as a counsellor for the charity MIND and have continued in this role ever since.

At the start of the Covid Pandemic, I did an 80 hour Training Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. 

I currently run a busy Private Practice 3 days a week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. I continue to work for the Charity MIND one day a week. 

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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopause

Boarding School Issues

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £50 per session (50 minutes). Payment should be made via bank transfer or cash on the day of our session. 

Cancellation within 24 hours of the session will result in full payment.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

My first session starts at 10.00 and the start time for the last session of the day is 19.00. 

Session length is 50 minutes.

I offer a free initial phone consultation.

Further information

I have experience of working with clients presenting with a wide range of issues.  I have a specialist interest in Attachment Theory: working with clients whose early attachment to their parent/carer was disrupted, neglectful or chaotic and for whom the impact of this may well have had a long lasting and devastating impact on their lives; their ability to trust themselves and others and to form healthy relationships. Signs you may be experiencing which could be an indication of poor attachment are listed below. You may be suffering from some or all of the following: Anxiety, Depression, Family/Relationship issues, feeling sad, feeling insecure, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, feelings of panic.

I have and continue to research the effects of trauma on the mind and body and how these are related. PTSD and Complex PTSD are areas of significant interest to me. Understanding the effect that single or multiple traumas can have on our mental and physical health and how in order to heal one, we need to address both. Trauma may show itself in many ways, often masking as symptoms which we try to make sense of. The following are common signs that you may have experienced a trauma response to one or multiple events in your life: feeling anxious, feeling depressed, outbursts of anger/rage, fear, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, phobias, controlling behaviours such as OCD and eating disorders.  The body holds it's own physical responses to trauma which can lead to illnesses such as auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, graves disease and many others. Certain cancers and heart disease may occur as a result of living with suppressed trauma responses. By identifying and working through our trauma reactions both mentally and physically, we can start to let go of the hold they have over us. This does not necessarily involve reliving the trauma itself, it can be about learning to notice how our body reacts to things and learning to acknowledge and take care or these feelings/experiences.

  
I am interested in the impact that Boarding School can have on a persons life. How an institution that was arguably established to make men and latterly women into leaders can in fact have the complete opposite effect. 

My core approach to our work together is grounded in the person centred model. I believe that every person is an expert in their own lives and that given the right support and environment you will be able to identify the cause of your difficulties and discover the changes you need to make and the strength to implement these changes. My aim is to provide a safe and calm environment in which you can explore the area's you wish to address and through time and you will be able to find a more comfortable way of being. 

4 Albury Hall Cottages
Albury Hall Park
Albury
Ware
Hertfordshire
SG11 2HX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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.

There is a small step up to my front door. However, I can help you navigate this if required. My Counselling room is on the ground floor.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Social

Lucy Carr

Lucy Carr