Crystal Shop and Holistic Healing Centre.
Hello, I am Carol and I am a Therapeutic Counsellor with over 8 years of training and experience working with all types of client issues.
Sometimes admitting we have a problem can be difficult, but to take the first step towards seeking and receiving help is a positive move on the road to a deeper knowing of self, walking towards a healthier sense of personal freedom.
Counselling is a wonderfully supportive way of exploring our hurts, pains, fears, traumas, life challenges and sadness, which have held us back, often in a turbulent confusing and conflicting emotional world. Over time, good therapy enables us to find clarity, revealing the answers which reside deep within ourselves. As most of us rarely pursue deeper self-learning, we miss out on the grace filled potential for living life to the full.
Therapy encourages and enables us to explore feelings, thoughts and actions and begin to find renewed purpose and direction, with the benefit of shedding old outworn perceptions and concepts of self and the world, which no longer serve our best interest. This then leads us to be free to become our more authentic self, and make healthier and empowering choices.
Counselling facilitates this sensitive journey via the therapeutic relationship, which incorporates, confidentiality and good listening, which provides the safety needed to explore deeper personal issues, with the provision of the counsellor’s professional skills and sound knowledge of theory.
I offer my head, my intuitive awareness and my heart in my work, which means I offer human warmth and compassion in a safe and non-judgemental environment. I will not direct or give advice, but I may offer possible different ways of positively thinking about issues.
How I Work
My model of working is Integrative, using Person Centred, Psychodynamic, and Transpersonal (psychology including spiritual aspects independent from organised religions) and Relational Therapy, all of which are tailored to the unique needs of each client. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (MBACP), working towards accreditation, and work within remits of BACP Ethical Framework, ensuring quality of professional standards and principles of good practice.
One of the most important aspects of any therapy is having someone to talk to, who will listen to you and understand where you are and what you are going through, without judging you. Therapy can be long term or short term, the duration depending on you the client. However, for therapy to work, it is advised to have weekly sessions initially of approximately one hour. Self-understanding and recovery take time and it is not always an easy road to travel, but to devote the gift of time to yourself to discover who you are is one of the most precious gifts we can give ourselves in our lifetime.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates
If you are considering therapy, asking yourself the following questions may be useful.
•What do I want?
•Do I want to change my current situation?
•Am I happy with the way I think, feel and behave?
•Do I feel stuck in a rut?
•Are my relationships satisfactory?
•How long should I tolerate feeling sad, depressed, angry or resentful?
•Am I happy?
•Who am I?
•Am I fully living my life?
•What interests me?
•Are my personal energy levels good?
•Am I Locked into harmful, abusive or dysfunctional relationships?
•Has grief and loss taken its toll on me?
•Do I have recurring illness, dreams or nightmares?
•If I could change anything about me or my world, what would I change?
•Do I spend my time trying to change or please others?
•Do I devote too much time to meeting the needs of others?
•Where do I want to be in two, five, ten years’ time?
The above can be useful tools for reflecting on where we are, helping us decide if we need to search for healthier, happier times. So often we hold unconscious inner beliefs: that we are unworthy of happiness, that change is not possible, or indeed fail to notice just how unhappy we have become. Hope is always at hand, and committing to the process of therapy is the beginning of becoming the change you want to see in the world.
I offer work with the following:
•Grief, loss and bereavement
•Loss and separation
•Domestic and family issues
•Young persons and young adults
•Psycho spiritual accompaniment
•Disease, illness, and terminal support
•End of life support for carers and patients
•Carers and dependant or elderly parental issues
•Difficulties with relationships
•Endings of relationships
•Work related Issues
•Fears and phobias
•Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bi sexual issues
•Looking for meaning in life
•Lack of confidence or self esteem
•Loneliness and isolation
•Childhood trauma and development
•Bullying and intimidation and disagreements
•Domestic violence and abuse
•Anxiety, depression, panic attacks,
•Sleep disturbances and nightmares, dream work
•Early life trauma and recurring self-defeating patterns
•PTSD, Autism, ADHD,
•Accidents and life challenges
•Repeating unhealthy or failing patterns of relating and relationships
•Spiritual direction, searching for meaning, questions of identity
•Shyness, depression and despair
•Spiritual and religious enquiry
•Intuitive wellness, - how what we believe becomes our physical reality.
•Attachment and developmental issues
•Perception and healthier ways of thinking
•Mindfulness and personal development and awareness
•Making the unconscious conscious.
•Making room for lightness and humour in our lives
Qualifications and Experience
State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife
Extensive Youth Work, Schools, Colleges and Education Programmes
Extensive training and experience supporting clients with bereavement and loss.
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator
“Matters of the heart” workshops
AC College Counselling for students and staff
Cancer care, terminal diagnosis and life changing illness
Various in house Coaching and Training programmes and Group Facilitation with institutions, and industry
Training Programmes for Conflict Management and Resolution
Delivery and training in Action Learning Sets
Women’s empowerment group facilitation & coordination
Author of Personal Development Programmes for groups and organisations
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Cert HE Interpersonal and Counselling Skills
What you can expect.
Confidentiality is an essential provision in therapy, and your confidence will be held. It is a professional requirement that I attend supervision on a regular basis to discuss my work, however names and identities of my clients are protected.
The law requires that I break confidentiality in certain circumstances, which are:
•You are at risk of serious harm to yourself, or somebody else.
•Indicate that someone may pose serious risk of harm to you.
•Divulging all issues of child abuse and exploitation.
•Where there is evidence of money laundering or terrorism.
Professional Standards of Practice
I practice and adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Standards of Good Professional Practice, Ethical Principles and Values.
Appointments are made in advance at an agreed date and time.
A period of 50 minutes is allocated per session, and another appointment will be offered at the end of each session.
Punctuality on client’s part is important, as late sessions cannot be extended beyond appointment time, as it is usual for another client to be waiting for a prompt start to their scheduled appointment.
Assessments – the initial session will focus on clients’ situation and getting to know each other. Expressing your needs and wishes for counselling work, and establishing if we both feel we can work comfortably together.
Referrals - In some instances, I may suggest you see another counsellor or practitioner, and if I do so, it is because I believe another therapist has deeper specific professional knowledge and clinical experience of your explicit issue. This I believe will be in your best interest, to discuss specific specialist needs with a more specialised and experienced practitioner.
£40 per 50 minute session. I have 3 spaces for low cost counselling at £25, and if you require this, please do ask at time of enquiry. (Please do discuss any financial difficulties that may prevent you from accessing the personal therapy you feel you need, as I am willing to negotiate genuine cases) all such enquiries will be dealt with in confidence.
Cancellations – please do give me 24 hours’ notice prior to our arranged appointment time. Such cancellations will not be charged for. Cancellations less than 24 hours will be charged at half fee. Missed sessions with no notice, will be charged for in full. Please never feel afraid of, or avoid cancelling an appointment. It is much preferred for you to cancel by phone, or text in good time, so as your appointment can be offered to someone else, who may be waiting to be seen urgently.
Crisis – if you are in acute crisis, you need to contact your GP, or speak urgently with the Samaritans or a friend or family member, or call 999.
I have a private practice in Silsden, near Keighley and Skipton and surrounding areas, open most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you need to be seen outside of these times, please enquire, as I may be able to see you at another venue. Please phone or email to make enquiries or to make an appointment. I very much look forward to working with you.
Telephone: 07740 066223