MY THERAPY & COUNSELLING WORK COVERS
Family & childhood, health, body aches & pains, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, extreme emotions, low self-esteem, trauma, relationships, codependency, marriage, divorce & separation, work, existential dilemmas, self exploration, life improvement or just not feeling right.
I work with both individuals & couples
The sessions can be indoors face to face or online through Zoom
They can also be outside in nature with walk & talk or outdoor therapy
I meet with clients in Wilmslow which is great for South Manchester & Cheshire
I recommend we have an initial call to understand if there could be a good fit between what you are looking for & what I do. We can then schedule a session to meet either face to face or online to better understand how we might work together & for you to sense how comfortable you feel with me too. I totally understand you have to find the right therapist for you & there is no obligation to continue after this first session if it doesn’t feel right.
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.
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.
Outdoor therapy is still a reasonably new concept & experience. It can be walk & talk, which is taking what we do in the therapy room outside. Or it can be nature led, using nature & the outdoors as a tool & mirror to the work. Some clients simply prefer to be outdoors or to swap between indoors & outdoors. There are obvious benefits of being outside in the fresh air & along with this comes movement of the body, which I am always an advocate of. It can also take the pressure off being sat in front of me, or can make those silent pauses less intimidating. Nature really can do things to the senses a building can’t.
Level 4 Diploma in ‘Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from an Integrative Perspective’ from The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy / 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate / Imago Couples Relationship Therapy / Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Taking Therapy Outside / Taking Therapy Online / Wilderness Therapeutic Interventions / Somatic Body Therapy
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 benefits of nature, the connection between body-mind-emotions-lifestyle-experiences, therapy being accessible to clients, clients feeling safe & secure & being in it together with clients on their journey.
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.
“I started having personal therapy in 2015 & from that point my life totally changed. I wanted to help give other people the same opportunity & go on that journey with them.”
Why I chose to do what I do – Carol.