Are you running on empty or feeling trapped in your life? Perhaps you feel something is missing in your life. Or perhaps you appear generally ok on the outside, but something doesn’t feel quite right inside. Maybe you feel stuck, anxious, lonely or hopeless. Perhaps you need time, space and another perspective to work things out. If you’d like to make a change, but aren’t sure how or where to start, speaking to a counsellor and starting therapy can help.
I support people with a range of issues including relationship difficulties, loss, loneliness, work challenges, issues around identity and transitions in life (such as children leaving home, retirement, post-divorce or break-up, coming out, changing career). Perhaps you have been thinking for a little while that it would be good to talk to someone in a confidential and safe space. We can all have times when we struggle – therapy and counselling do not need to be a last resort.
It can be tempting to push worries aside, deal with them later or not deal with them at all. But not dealing with things can often make it worse. I’ve worked with many clients just like you.
I am a fully qualified, registered BACP counsellor working with clients to feel more authentically themselves and to flourish in their lives, in whatever way that means to them.
You don’t have to be alone with challenging thoughts and feelings
⮕ I offer sessions in-person, by phone, online (Zoom) and walk-and-talk sessions
✴ Give me a call or drop me a message to find out how I can support you
Hello, I’m Carina
After many years as a lawyer, I decided to train as a counsellor after experiencing therapy myself. With the support and encouragement of a therapist, I began making better decisions for myself and started to live a more authentic and happier life.
I firmly believe that you write your own life story. However, sometimes it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present. This is where I can help. For me, the most rewarding part of what I do is seeing someone move to the joy of a flourishing life and mindset.
🏳️🌈 I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative counsellor.
How I work
I offer a supportive, safe and confidential space for you to talk about whatever is on your mind.
You will find that my manner is warm and friendly, and I will listen without judgement. Moreover, I’m down-to-earth, calm and genuine, and I encourage you to be yourself too.
My main way of working is as a person-centred counsellor and therapist, although I use other techniques and approaches. Some examples include coaching, transactional analysis and mindfulness techniques. You can read more about different types of therapy here.
In addition to my therapy work, I am an innovative coach and psychological wellbeing consultant. I first started coaching in 2009 and have used my skills in many settings. I specialise in supporting professionals who want to flourish – in whatever way that means to them. This typically involves work in understanding yourself, your values, your hopes and aspirations, your unique talents and the internal barriers that may hamper you from being who and how you want to be.
✴ What measures are you taking following the COVID-19 pandemic?
For in-person sessions (including walk-and-talk sessions in Urmston/ Trafford), I have undertaken a risk assessment. If you wish to attend an in-person session, I will send you my COVID agreement in advance.
I appreciate that not everyone is willing or able to attend in-person sessions. I continue to offer online and telephone counselling for anyone who prefers.
✴ What do you charge?
I offer both daytime and evening sessions on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Daytime sessions cost £50 and evening sessions cost £60. Sessions are 50 minutes.
I have two places at a reduced rate for students and trainee counsellors / therapists. Please get in touch for further details. I ask for payment on or before the session by bank transfer.
I am very happy to have a chat or Zoom with you before booking first session so you can get a feel for me and so I can answer any questions you may have.
✴ Where are you based?
My therapy room is in Urmston, Greater Manchester (M41). The room is 9 minutes walk from Urmston railway station. I offer walk-and-talk at two locations in the Trafford area. Please get in touch for further details. I also offer sessions by phone or Zoom.
✴ What is your cancellation policy?
There is no charge for sessions cancelled with more than 48 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel with less than 48 hours notice, the full session fee will be charged. The session fee should be paid before the original session time.
Where possible, a rescheduled session will be offered at no additional charge. If you are unable to attend in-person, we may be able to change to a Zoom /. telephone session.
✴ How many sessions will we have?
This varies from client-to-client and is entirely your choice. Some clients will come for a fairly short period (up to six sessions), others may attend much longer – for months or years. We will review the duration of therapy on a periodic basis.
✴ How can counselling help me?
Sometimes it can be hard to process difficult emotions or make sense of the thoughts going round in your mind. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive space, and not feel alone with them. Whether you are struggling with a single issue or facing a more complex situation, I will work with you to help explore your situation and support you with identifying and achieving any goals you may have.
✴ What’s the different between coaching and counselling?
In truth, sometimes the line can be blurred. Generally, coaching is more about the here-and-now and future – moving you towards the life you want to live. Counselling focusses on the here-and-now, but may also look to how your past influences your present. My coaching training is based on executive coaching models; however, I also draw on existential principles in my coaching work.
✴ How do I start?
Drop me a message through my contact form or call me on 07859 330187.
I appreciate taking the first step and making contact with a counsellor can be daunting. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable or hesitant. You may have additional questions and I am happy to have a chat with you.
If I am not right for you, I’m also very happy to speak with you about how you might find a counsellor or therapist for your needs.
I can be contacted via phone, email or through the contact form. However you choose to contact me, I assure you I will be warm and empathetic
My normal working hours are Monday and Wednesday 8am to 7pm (excluding bank holidays) and Thursday 2pm to 9pm. I will respond to messages within one working day.