“Overcoming difficulties leads to courage, self-respect, and knowing yourself.”
― Alfred Adler

Therapy

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.

About Me

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.

Make Your First Appointment

Taking the first step toward getting help is often the most difficult.
Why not give me a call to see if I could be the right therapist for you?

Qualifications

  • 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 carried out annually (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.

“You have allowed me to express my grief, to help me continue living”

Client #3

 “Without your support the intensity of my grief was too much for me to bear”

Client #5

“Caroline really helped me when I was at my lowest and helped me to be more compassionate and forgiving with myself. I’m really grateful for all shes helped me with and I couldn’t recommend her enough.”

Client #11

“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”

Client #8

“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”

Client #9

” Caroline made me feel that all the emotions and distress I was feeling, although hard, was a natural process. Every time I left I felt more positive, I felt stronger.  Caroline has given me coping techniques. Easy techniques which I use so often and they make me feel stronger and help me appreciate my situation. She listened, I didn’t feel embarrassed at any point and somehow she has built me back up to the person I was before the situation that made me seek Caroline’s help. I can’t thank her enough!”

Client #10

“I thought long and hard before contacting a counsellor, but I had just got myself stuck and unable to move forward. I found from the first session that Caroline’s approach was just what I needed. I felt listened to, my grief acknowledged and although painful to address I felt like I moved mountains in very few sessions. It was the best thing I could have done for my wellbeing”

Client #12

“Caroline has been a godsend to me during my grief… she has helped to steer me in the right direction and help me as a parent to know I’m doing all I can to help my children family and myself through this difficult time… Caroline is very easy to talk to and I feel I have been listened to… everyone Will grieve differently and I know this is ok and a natural thing to do…Caroline I really appreciate all you have done for me. XXX”

Client #13

“I thought long and hard before contacting a counsellor, but I had just got myself stuck and unable to move forward. I found from the first session that Caroline’s approach was just what I needed. I felt listened to, my grief acknowledged and although painful to address I felt like I moved mountains in very few sessions. It was the best thing I could have done for my wellbeing”

Client #16

“I came to Caroline full of grief and depression, and couldn’t really see the point of doing very much at all. I had lost who I was and hurt for my children and their loss beyond measure.
Caroline was patient, kind, understanding and never made me feel inadequate. Her empathy towards me and my life situation at the time was very much appreciated.
My partner now has his girlfriend back, my children their mom back, my siblings their sister, and I am working on a new me, in an ever changing world.”

Client #14

“I was initially rather nervous about what therapy would involve but you immediately put me at ease and even at that early stage I came away with some valuable tools and strategies to help me cope with my cancer diagnosis.
I definitely feel that with your help I have now turned a corner and can start looking towards the future with more optimism. I feel better equipped to tackle any challenges that might come my way, and I wouldn’t hesitate to book further sessions if I feel I need them.
Thank you so much for helping me on my journey to finding my new, happier self!”

Client #15