About me

BACP Registered and UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor: 

I believe we are fellow travellers in our striving for self-knowledge and health and sometimes we need a guide to support our desire to understand ‘why we do what we do’. My approach explores how the past affects what we do in the here and now, identify inner resources and strengths, as well as teach simple but effective strategies to better manage feelings, thoughts and behaviour and reverse the cycles of anxiety, depression or low mood we can get locked into.

My training included work as volunteer Integrative Counsellor within adult counselling services, including, the University of Suffolk, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Mentis Tree / Acorn and Pot Kiln Primary School. I was then staff/sessional student Counsellor for the University of Suffolk and my current role is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) within NHS IAPT supporting patients to use Step 2 low-intensity CBT interventions.

Recently completed course 2019:

Postgraduate certificate in low-intensity evidence-based CBT for anxiety, depression and low mood with the University of East Anglia

Some of my 2017 and 2018 training/CPD:

Men’s Mental Health via NSFT; Safeguarding Children L3 – Adverse Childhood Experiences via CPFT; Working with Older Adults via CPFT; ‘Mental Health Act’ via NSFT; ‘Low-intensity interventions for long-term and medically unexplained conditions’ CPFT; ‘Working with sexual diversity’ with Dr Allan Laville via UEA; ‘Working with interpreters’ with Dr Beverley Costa via UEA; ‘Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating’ with Professor Julia Buckroyd; ‘Fragile Self: Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance’ Dr Phil Mollon.

Qualifications:

Postgraduate certificate in low-intensity evidence-based CBT

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Integrative Counselling

Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling

Diploma Integrative Counselling

Certificate in Counselling Skills

I am a registered member of the BACP (No. 247020) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (No. 2011163780) I adhere to their codes of ethics. My registered name is Lesley Caroline Charles (but day-to-day, everyone calls me Caroline).

Counselling training completed with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and awarded by Middlesex University. I am committed to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for best practice and development of my professional skills and knowledge.