Philippa Carr MNCS (Accred) Ad.Dip.Psy C.
I wanted to become a counsellor as 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 and nurturing and I believe this is what makes me a successful counsellor. I am able to deeply empathise with people and I seem to have the ability to light a little spark of hope in people, when they have lost all hope.
As a very sensitive person myself, I understand what it is like to try and negotiate the world and feel emotions so acutely. 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.
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.
I believe very firmly that every client deserves and will benefit from a totally individual approach, depending on their particular situation and circumstances, their issue and their personality and I therefore adapt my counselling sessions accordingly.
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.
I offer you my attention, respect and acceptance of where you may be in your life right now, providing support as you move at your own pace, towards your choice of destination.
What issues can I help with?
Being a person centred counsellor means that I can provide support with a wide range of issues be it family difficulties, job, relationship, health, anxiety disorders, depression, illness etc. In particular I have lots of experience working with people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, stress and worry.
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.
Through my work at a Cancer Support charity, I have also supported many people affected by cancer, whether that is the person themselves, a relative, carer or friend. This has included people with a terminal diagnosis.
How can counselling help?
Life can be tough when you are burdened by worrying thoughts and anxieties and in particular if you are an HSP (high sensitive person). 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.
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.
- 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
Macmillan Cancer Awareness Programme.
8 week 'Finding Peace in a Frantic Work' mindfulness course, based on mindfully based cognitive therapy.
Additional training courses completed:
- 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
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
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Initial assessment session (up to 60 mins) - £25.
Further sessions - 60 minutes - £35.
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 an easy few minutes walk from the town centre. 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments available during the day, evenings and weekends. Please get in touch to make an appointment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|