About me

BACP Registered and UKCP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor: I have worked as a volunteer integrative counsellor within adult counselling services, including, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Mentis Tree / Acorn (IAPT Contract), and counselled adults within a Suffolk primary school’s child psychotherapy team. I was a paid sessional counsellor for the University of Suffolk and now I am a trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner within NHS IAPT supporting patients to use Step 2 low-intensity CBT interventions. My previous career was in business and sales, however, I trained in art and drama and as a consequence, I strongly believe it is never too late to change tack and go in another direction.

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.

Current course:

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:

‘Low-intensity interventions for long-term and medically unexplained conditions’ with Rona Harding; ‘Working with sexual diversity’ with Dr Allan Laville’; ‘Working with interpreters’ with Dr Beverley Costa; ‘Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating’ with Professor Julia Buckroyd; Dr Phil Mollon ‘Fragile Self: Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance’.

Qualifications:

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.