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About Carey West

Carey WestHi, my name is Carey, and I have been counselling professionally since 1990.

I was invited in 1993 by a GP in Hertfordshire to offer patients of the practice the opportunity to have access to a counsellor on the premises. I was with the practice until I relocated to Maidenbower, Crawley in 2008.

My qualifications include a Diploma in Clinical & Pastoral Counselling and numerous certificates in relevant areas of counselling (for example Alcohol, Abuse, Stress, Anxiety and numerous models of counselling, including: psychological first aid, mindfulness, CBT etc).

I was awarded accreditation by the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP), in June 2002, and senior accreditation status in June 2008.

I have experience and qualifications in numerous areas of counselling, and although I do not "specialise" it is not often that I feel out of my depths due to the breadth of training and experience I have accumulated. If I did consider that I was not able to help someone (either at assessment or while in the counselling process) I would not hesitate to discuss this and support the client while referring to a more appropriate source of support. I have a large network of equally experienced and well qualified colleagues I can call on to ensure that every person who contacts me with a view to accessing counselling can be assured of at least having a way forward to consider.

Counselling can be in person, by phone or by e-mail.

Counselling

Unlike the message we get from society that "only inadequate people ask for help" it is the reality of being human that we all hurt at times. If we can find someone who will help us by really hearing what we have to say, without labelling us then we can express our pain and have the best chance to feel better, gain fresh skills in coping, choose our next steps - or whatever is appropriate.

Fees

Individual counselling fees

£40 per session

Couple Counselling fees

£70 per session

There are low cost places available at times for those who would experience difficulty in paying the full fee - please ask.

Face to face sessions are 50 minutes long.

Email counselling is by negotiation

Mediation

I have training and experience in mediation in personal and professional settings - please contact me for more information

Training

People often benefit from some kind of training / coaching in anything from the process ("stages") of bereavement, to the dynamics behind the behaviour of a work colleague. Often, if the person is having counselling, this can be incorporated into the sessions. However there are times when it can be useful to attend a workshops. Call or email with any questions or for details of planned courses.

I am able to offer a full range of training with individuals, groups, volunteers, corporate issues etc

Supervision

I have been supervising individual counsellors and teams of counsellors since 1993. Caring for the counsellor is as important as caring for the client.

Counsellor supervision for individuals or groups (including teams)

BACP Registered