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Please note practice times are typically between 9am-5pm, no evenings or weekends.
I work UK wide with a base in South Manchester / Cheshire & typically my clients are based across the Manchester, Cheshire, Surrey & London areas.
I WORK WITH; adults, couples & young people.
I WORK FACE TO FACE; indoors & outdoors in Cheshire & South Manchester areas in Cheadle & Wilmslow.
I WORK ONLINE; UK wide & internationally through Zoom with many clients in the Greater London region.
I WORK OUTDOORS; in nature with walk & talk, outdoor therapy & wilderness therapy
MY WORK COVERS; family & childhood, health issues, body aches & pains, eating, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, attachment, relationships, codependency, marriage, divorce & separation.
INDIVIDUAL WORK; My focus with individuals is based in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy, which for me is a really accessible form of therapy & one that made total sense to me when I started personal therapy. I also believe that all experiences & emotions are stored in the body, so often I ask clients to notice what’s happening in their bodies to match the situation or thought to help gain awareness. I am a ‘why’ person & believe you need to go backwards to understand & acknowledge in order to go forwards. I enjoy helping clients be curious, join the dots, peel back the layers, gain awareness & to have a different experience in life
COUPLES WORK; The work I do with clients is based around Imago Couples Therapy. Imago is the latin for ‘image’ & is the term used for the unconscious image we hold for our potential partner, the ‘unconscious image of familiar love.’ Imago was introduced by Harville Hendrix & helps couples understand why they were attracted to each other, teaches them about the stages of a relationship & helps them understand how they got in to difficulty. It provides knowledge & tools to have a different & better relationship, improved communication & an understanding of each other’s feelings & childhood wounds.
WHAT I AM NOT; If you are looking for a ‘quick 'fix’ or just purely coping mechanisms, I may not be the right person for you. I would imagine my approach might be too in-depth & I might ask you too many questions. I may also not be right for you if you are just looking to come for one session, if you are not wanting to enquire & find out ‘why’ or to consider links with past experiences & what was modelled or not modelled to you in childhood.
PASSIONATE ABOUT: I am passionate about helping people understand why they think, feel & act the way they do, helping people gain awareness about how they relate to themselves & others, understanding the root of it all, helping people get unstuck, the connection between body-mind-emotions-lifestyle-experiences, understanding what the body is trying to tell us or can tell us, understanding clients language & helping them finding language for what they are experiencing, helping therapy being accessible to clients, clients feeling safe & secure & being in it together with clients on their journey.
INTERESTED IN; attachment theory, trauma work, the effects of childhood trauma & neglect, self-worth & boundaries, relationships, the roots of anxiety along with the different types of anxiety & how it presents, body therapy, psycho-somatic sensations, Imago couples therapy, nature as therapy, working with children to reduce future emotional distress in adulthood.
TRAINING; Level 4 Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from an Integrative Perspective / 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate / Trauma Focused Therapy / Imago Couples Relationship Therapy / Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Taking Therapy Outside / Taking Therapy Online / Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions
THE JOURNEY; began in 2014 with personal therapy & from believing I should be able to sort myself out to knowing everyone can benefit from therapy. Found therapy tough but great & life changing. Went from not knowing what my feelings & emotions were or where to find them to being able to recognise them, talk about them & feel them. I felt lighter, less anxious & more able to cope with difficult situations. Started training as a psychotherapist in 2016 & began seeing clients in February 2018. Learnt a huge amount about myself & ended the 4 year course a different person & ready to give that to others.
8 customer reviews
Katie and Chris
Relationship and Marriage Counselling
Myself and my husband Chris had been to a therapist previous to Carol and we were beginning to despair as this man had asked us to put on a VR headset to calm our nerves!
! It was not what we wanted.
Carol called me and explained the Imago process and she was professional and reassuring.
The first session we had consisted of Carol explaining the Imago process and her listening to why we were there. It was nerve racking at first and a strange process when you are not used to communicating in this way.
However, week by week we became more relaxed and the imago process allowed us to really listen to each other. It was freeing: to be heard and to have the space to really talk. It felt stilted at the beginning but it was such a powerful thing. Each session felt intense but Carol was always there to reassure us this was normal.
We did about 18 sessions in total and we use imago dialogue in our own lives naturally now. Carol was such a wonderful person to guide us through the process and we are very grateful!
Thank you Carol! We would thoroughly recommend her and this process. More...
Carol has helped me so much over the past few months after making me feel so relaxed in a safe environment from our very first session. I always feel at ease speaking to her about anything and everything I have been struggling with and she has truly helped me to understand and cope with a period of intense anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone seeking someone to speak to. More...
From the initial telephone consultation, Carol completely put me at ease and I felt that she would be the right counsellor to help my partner and I. We're still on the journey but even within the first couple of sessions we had valuable insight. Would highly recommend. More...
Carol is absolutely brilliant at what she does, and I can’t thank her enough. She found ways of looking into exactly what I was going through and feeling that I would have never been able to do on my own, and delved deep into my experiences to help me understand why I was feeling a certain way.
The techniques and theories carol used varied, and all of them gave me a deeper understanding of myself and my emotions.
Carol is kind, respectful, understanding and an excellent listener, she made me feel heard at all times. The therapy room was super comfortable and modern, and the outdoor sessions are a great way of clearing your head.
I recommend Carol 100% for anyone’s therapy journey. More...
Carol is amazing. She has a great way of connecting with her clients. She is fantastic listener and I would highly recommend her.
I am very grateful for the support that Carol has offered me in our work together so far. Carol has been extremely helpful in better understand my own emotional responses and unpack specific problems from my past. She is a very patient and compassionate listener who creates a safe, non-judgemental environment for me to open up. During our time together I have already seen a positive shift in my mindset and it is a great relief to feel like I’m making progress! More...
Easy to talk to feels like I know her already
Carol has been fantastic in the 3 months since I started counselling. I’ve attempted counselling a couple of times over the years, but have never seen it through as it wasn’t helping and I didn’t feel comfortable. Carol put me at ease straight away and the balance between being asked questions but encouraging me to open up and lead at times is perfect( bringing me out of my comfort zone but allowing me to explore and understand deep rooted issues) Carol makes me feel at ease and I feel able to open up more as each session passes. I’m at the start of a journey, but Carol is helping me understand who I am and to develop a compassion for myself that I’ve never had. I look forward to continuing the journey and can’t thank Carol enough. More...