“Overcoming difficulties leads to courage, self-respect, and knowing yourself.”
― Alfred Adler
I believe our relationship is key and I view therapy as a collaborative and shared experience. We will work together to find out what is happening in your life and the how this is affecting your mental health and emotional wellbeing. We will develop an understanding of what your struggles are and how you would like things to be different. This will help you to make decisions about areas in your life that you can change, but also acknowledge those aspects that you cannot change.
My professional counselling training has given me the knowledge and experience to understand and appreciate a range of strategies that will help you to overcome the challenges that life has thrown at you. The main theories covered during my training were: Person-Centred; CBT; Systemic; Psychodynamic and Attachment. However, over the years further knowledge, training and experience has given me further elements to enhance my approach and practice.
I started my counselling career in 1996 when I worked for Victim Support as a volunteer, helping to support victims of crime. This experience made me realise how much I was able to make a difference to peoples lives by just by listening. I loved helping others and was inspired to start training to gain counselling skills so that I could embark on a career for which I had developed a great passion.
I have volunteered for EMERGE (working with adult survivors of abuse as children); The Dove Service; Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service (working with individuals struggling with bereavement, loss and long term illness) and Staffordshire Women’s Aid counselling women survivors of domestic violence.
I have previously worked for a primary care service that received referrals from GP surgeries and the secondary care sector. I worked as a therapist in this setting, counselling clients referred for moderate to severe presentations of Depression and Anxiety.
The training, knowledge and experience I gained through working in these sectors have been really valuable to me personally and in my work with vulnerable people. I feel privileged to have chosen this profession and every client I have been fortunate to work with has given me so much in being able to share their own struggles in life with me.
As a result of my experiences with clients over the years, I am now competent working with most presentations that have included anxiety, stress, depression, abuse, panic, bereavement, loss, long term illness, low self esteem, trauma, termination, miscarriage and general relationship difficulties. I have been able to witness how these issues affect people physically, emotionally, behaviourally and psychologically.
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MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate in Counselling
BSc Psychology and Literature Joint Honours 2:1
EMDR Institute Training: Parts 1-3
DBS Enhanced Check completed September 2017 (previously known as CRB)
Professionally qualified, registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I abide by the BACP Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy in my work with individuals. BACP also demand a commitment to monthly Supervision and Continued Professional Development in order to maintain good practice, update my knowledge and enhance my existing skills when working with individuals.
Feedback & Testimonials
Anonymised comments/feedback received following my work with people over recent years.
“I just want to thank you for your support, kindness and care”
“Thank you so much for really listening, absorbing what I was saying without making judgements and also for providing a much needed perspective regarding the events I related”
“You have allowed me to express my grief, to help me continue living”
“Thank you so much for listening to me. My time seeing you has been really helpful”
“Without your support the intensity of my grief was too much for me to bear”
“I feel very lucky to have met you Caroline, your professionalism and sincerity has meant a lot to me”
“I feel like I have made considerable progress from where I was when I first came to see you and whilst there is still some way to go, the tools that you have provided me with over the course of our meetings have helped me tackle quite a number of instances recently where I would have otherwise struggled”
“I would like to thank you for your help which has been invaluable and put me in a much calmer and better place than I was. You have also helped me to train my mind to accept and deal with certain situations, but to also train my mind to be calmer generally on a day to day basis and for this I am grateful”
“I have no qualms in recommending your services to anyone, which I will do so should the opportunity or necessity arise and I will always have your details should I ever to get to a situation where I was before”