Caroline Harvey

Counsellor

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0330 050 1620

I have over twenty years’ experience of working within a social care setting for both statutory and voluntary services. I spent the first eight years of my career at a Social Services Family Resource Centre working with children where there had been emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, or other family crisis. I was responsible for running a number of therapeutic and educative groups for young people, and also for providing a counselling service for the parents, carers and foster carers using the service.

Following this I moved to a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in the NHS where I practiced for ten years, initially as a Therapeutic Social Worker and then as an Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP). In this position I worked with adults who had been given a severe and enduring mental health diagnosis. There were many aspects to this work, but one my fundamental roles was to support individuals to recognise and accept their strengths and vulnerabilities, and to work with them in identifying positive coping mechanisms.

In 2013 I returned to a purely counselling role came when I was offered the position of part-time Bereavement Counsellor at St Gemma’s Hospice. In my current position I offer pre-bereavement and bereavement therapy to patients and their families. Alongside this work I have a small private practice which includes working with a G.P. surgery offering short-term counselling to patients with a diverse range of issues. I also offer long and short term work to private clients, and supervision to other therapeutic practitioners and student counsellors.

The combination of these experiences has given me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients with a variety of complex needs. These include severe mental health problems, social difficulties, family issues, relationship breakdowns, childhood trauma, loss, safeguarding, death and dying.

My approach to counselling can be described as Integrative and Relational. This means that I use a range of approaches depending on the needs of the client. However, at the heart of my work is the therapeutic relationship. I believe that early life traumatic experiences, and the cumulative effect of these difficulties as a person continues to grow, will define who they become as an adult. Early trauma will have a powerful influence on the way a person views the world affecting their thoughts and feeling and behaviours generally, and also their intimate relationships with others.

These patterns of relating will also be played out in the therapy room and the role of the therapist is therefore to provide a secure space where the client feels safe enough to explore these destructive patterns of behaviour. The therapy session is an opportunity to notice these unconscious dynamics, and to openly discuss and explore them to enable the client to develop new insights and perspectives, and to change their maladaptive way of relating.

Specialist areas

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Living with Mental Health Difficulties
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Personal Development
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • OCD

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology
  • BACP Accredited Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Approved Diploma in Case Work Supervision
  • Diploma in Social Work
  • Approve Mental Health Practitioner Status
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Registered Member of Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)

Days and hours of work

Tuesdays and Wednesdays.