Hello, my name is Carrie and I am a 44 year old mum of two lively boys who spent 17 years working in recruitment for a global firm. As a director in the corporate world I learnt a lot about working with others, people's motivations and aspirations and how life changing events such as changing jobs could effect ones confidence and self-esteem. Much of my work was involved in career coaching and leadership development and training both within my organisation and working with clients especially in the Education sector. Although I loved my work I always felt that something was missing and that there was a different side to working with people that I wanted to explore.
I have been interested in human psychology for many years and took the opportunity to study Psychotherapeutic Counselling after having my two children.
I am now a fully qualified, professional Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Coach (Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Diploma in Hypnotherapy) and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS) and Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MCS Accred) . My training is also Royal College of Nursing accredited. I now work solely in this field. I also hold a Senior Coaching Qualification, accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
I practise out of my therapy room in Bookam (see picture opposite). My therapy room is seperate from our main house and is a haven of peace and tranquility. On colder days my log burner keeps it cosy and in the summer doors can be opened onto the garden.
I always hope to make all my clients feel welcome, valued and supported. Here are a few recent emails that make my job so worthwhile!
I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me over the last 15 months. I started the sessions feeling very protective of my load, you persevered with me when I’m certain most would have given up. You have helped me through issues that I couldn’t and wouldn’t talk to anyone else about. Enabling me to say things that I never thought I could say out loud.
When I didn’t want to talk, that was ok, we could just sit there, which sounds silly but was unbelievably helpful.
I really appreciate the way you got me through the harder topics, encouraging me into them, but the whole time supporting me through them.You asked me to write letters, draw pictures and use my imagination. All of which I thought weren’t going to help at first, then I tried them and wow - they all helped … hugely!
You have taught me that I can parent myself, and to take a step back to collect myself, then tackle the situation.
I didn’t intend to see a counseller; I went to see a hypnotherapist, but you were very quick to tell me that counseling would suit me far better. You were right. My life is different, my attitude is better and I’m generally happier.
Thank you again, but I’m warning you… I may be back, who knows what’s around the corner. "
"I have really loved the journey with you - you've taken me from the flood
pains of misery and chilled out my brain, giving me an inner peace and
feeling of strength and well-being to take with me to the next chapter of
life. Your cosy, bright therapy room and the sunshine/bright stars filling
my head when I listen to your words will stay with me always. I hope I don't
have to come back to see you, but will certainly recommend your services to
everyone! Thank you Carrie."
"After a number of years of battling with my weight and (lack of) fitness as well as approaching 40 at the end of the year I felt that I needed some serious help! Following a recommendation I contacted Carrie to set up some hypnotherapy sessions. I booked 4 sessions and haven’t looked back. I now have a completely different attitude to food and exercise. I am making the right choices in my diet – the amazing thing is that I don’t feel that I am denying myself anything, I actually want to eat healthily and the unhealthy options don’t interest me as much as they did before. I also joined a gym (which I’ve always hated before and stopped after 1-2 sessions) but now I am happily going 3 times a week and actually enjoying it!! I have been steadily losing weight since starting the sessions and have now lost a stone at a steady 2-3lb a week without feeling like I’ve made much of an effort and without feeling hungry/grumpy/resentful at being “good”. I cannot recommend Carrie highly enough, I obviously couldn’t have done this without her, she’s extremely supportive and the complete transformation of my lifestyle proves the sessions are more than worthwhile! I’m on track to lose the 2.5 stone that I wanted to lose before my 40th and I can’t wait to buy a new dress for my birthday in the size that I want!"
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