About me and my therapy practice
I work with adults and young people (from age 12). counselling. I work on a long-term basis or for short-term focused work.
I aim to provide a safe and confidential space to explore life's challenges. I believe that however difficult things may feel, with a regular, non-judgemental, empathic space to explore difficult feelings, things can feel better again. I am here to listen and help you make sense of why you might be feeling the way you are. Together we can work it through in a way that enables fresh perspectives and perhaps a new understanding of you. Counselling is not about giving you solutions or advice but empowering you to make your own changes that are right for you.
I am an integrative psychotherapist meaning that I draw on many different theories and ideas within my work including person-centred, humanistic, existential, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural concepts.
My qualifications include:
MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing.
Before undertaking my therapist training I worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS for over 20 years. I therefore have a wealth of experience of working with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship troubles, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem/self-confidence, stress, abuse. I have a particular interest and experience of working with individuals with eating disorders. I also have a specialist interest and experience of working with women pre and post pregnancy and those struggling with post-natal depression and an interest in the emotional aspects of peri-menopause/menopause.
'Attending weekly sessions with Charlie has changed my life. My counselling journey has been very up and down, I have felt consistently supported and encouraged, and as though however I am feeling is ok. I have learnt how to manage my emotions and am able to get through tough situations with a much clearer head. I look forward to my session each week and feel I owe Charlie so much, I will never be able to thank her enough for this journey. She is a great counsellor and I would say to anybody considering getting in touch, absolutely do and it will be one of the best and most life changing decisions you make.' C (2021).
My first session
I understand that seeking counselling can feel frightening and overwhelming. I encourage all my clients to have an initial 20 minute telephone conversation to briefly discuss your reasons for seeking help, and to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions that you may have. There is no charge for this conversation.
In our first session I will explain more about how I work and we'll look further at what has brought you to therapy. We'll explore what your hopes and goals are from our work together and start building our relationship. When starting this journey it is essential that you feel comfortable to work with me so at the end of the first session we will discuss whether you wish to book further appointments or seek help somewhere else. Either choice is the right one for you.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, EAP, Older adults, Trainees, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited