Philippa Carr MNCS (Accred) Ad.Dip.Psy C.
I re-trained as a counsellor after many years working in business administration. I wanted a more fulfilling career where I felt my personal skills and creative nature would be put to good use. I have always been the sort of person that people turn to when they need a safe listening ear; people describe me as very kind, approachable, friendly, calm, empathetic and nurturing and I believe this is what makes me a successful counsellor.
I believe every person can, with the right support, come to understand their difficulties and move forwards to a better place. I feel very privileged when people share their stories with me and trust me to work with them and move with them through their journey to the place they want to be.
As well as my private work, I have been a volunteer counsellor for a cancer support charity for over two years and have lots of experience therefore working with people suffering pain and distress from illness and bereavement. As well as this I find that most people, regardless of their main issue, are suffering some form of anxiety and can help clients in practical ways to overcome this.
Many clients have found that mindfulness techniques are very helpful in overcoming worrying thoughts and anxieties and this is something that I often weave into my sessions.
I can assure you that if we worked together I would give you my total, undivided, non-judgemental attention and do my utmost to understand your world and experience from your perspective and help you to overcome your difficulties.
What issues can I help with?
Being a person centred counsellor means that I can provide support with a wide range of issues including:
- Relationship and family issues
- Bereavement including miscarriage and infant loss
- Self confidence/self esteem
- Stress and worry
- Panic attacks
- Hoarding and de-cluttering
You may not know exactly what you feel, just that something isn't quite right. Talking things through in a safe, confidential space can focus your mind and help you identify where the difficulty may lie.
How can counselling help?
Life can be tough when you are burdened by worrying thoughts and anxieties. Counselling can help you by providing a safe, calm, confidential environment in which to share your thoughts and feelings. This will enable you to understand your situation, providing clarity and helping you take positive steps to move forward. I can also teach you practical techniques to deal with the stress that often accompanies these difficulties.
What will happen in our sessions?
Together we will look at your current situation and, if appropriate, your past experiences and history. Then we can explore a range of strategies to allow you to take control of your life again and maintain your well being going forward.
Although primarily I work in a person centred way, I have experienced at first hand the effectiveness of mindfulness and in the right circumstances, therefore I use mindfully based cognitive therapy techniques to enhance the counselling process.
Being a very creative person myself I also like to offer art therapy and other creative ways of exploring feelings such an emotion cards, which can be particularly useful for people who are 'stuck' and need a way to express themselves practically rather than with words.
Where will our sessions take place?
I work from venues in both Settle and Skipton, both of which are easily accessible by car, bus or train.
Training, qualifications & experience
My AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) is accredited by the National Counselling Society and I am on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Other accredited qualifications:
- Accredited Foundation for Infant Loss Training
- Mental Health First Aid training
- AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (QCF)
- NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
- NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health
Additional training courses completed:
- 8 week 'Finding Peace in a Frantic Work' mindfulness course, based on mindfully based cognitive therapy.
- Macmillan Cancer Awareness Programme.
- First Aid at Work
- Health & Safety Awareness
- Basic Awareness in Child Protection
- Adult Safeguarding
- IDAS Domestic Abuse Basic Awareness
- Awareness of Dementia
- Freedom of Information
- Information Security and sharing
- Data Protection
In addition to my private practice - over two years experience working as a volunteer at Cancer Support, Skipton supporting people affected by cancer; this includes bereavement, supporting those facing a terminal diagnosis and dealing with the huge changes that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can also help with hoarding and de-cluttering where I can work with you on both the emotional and practical aspects of hoarding behaviour and de-cluttering your environment.
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Initial assessment session (up to 60 mins) - £25.
Further counselling sessions (60 minutes) - £40.
Practical de-cluttering assistance - £15 per hour.
You might find you feel better able to cope after a few sessions, but we will always review, see how you are feeling, doing further sessions if necessary and always tailored to your particular situation and needs.
Fees are payable either before or at the session and can be paid by cash, cheque, or BACS transfer.
As I recognise the difficulties of the expense involved in training to be a counsellor, I offer a reduced rate for trainee counsellors of £25 per hour.
The Settle venue, which is fully accessible by wheelchair users, is located a few minutes from the town centre. Parking and disabled parking spaces available in car park just outside and accessible toilet just near counselling room. Train and bus services run to Settle from surrounding areas. This venue also houses a cafe open to the public.
The Skipton venue is located in the town centre with car parks available nearby. A lift means this venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Both train and bus services run to Skipton from surrounding areas.
Home visits can be arranged in some circumstances by agreement.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Settle venue fully accessible by wheelchair users. Disabled parking spaces available in venue car park & accessible toilet near counselling room. Skipton venue is located in town centre with nearby car parks. Lift to room.
Appointments available during the day, evenings and weekends. Please get in touch to make an appointment.
Types of client
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