Supporting you to recover quickly from distressing setbacks
When a client contacts me it is usually to gain relief from anxiety, to find solutions to problems in their personal or professional life, or to make different lifestyle choices that might be generating feelings of anxiety or just general unhappiness. Situations such as health issues, work pressures, relationship difficulties, or bereavement all test our resilience and our coping mechanisms.
Talking to a trained professional can help you to understand your anxiety, it normalises and addresses common human problems, and it helps you to know that you that you are not alone and that you can be supported to recover from distressing setbacks.
More than just talking therapy
As a Trauma Informed Therapist I use a mind-body approach of Top Down (Talk Therapy) and Bottom Up Processing (Body Based Therapy) to assist you to train your nervous system to unlearn automatic responses and recalibrate it to become fully functional and resilient.
Together we will explore the presenting problems and other underlying issues that contribute to what’s going on for you right now. In order for this to happen, I offer confidentiality, time and space where you can talk about what’s really troubling you without feeling judged. I will help and support you to gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes. I will assist you to find your own solutions to problems in a perceptive and insightful way. The way that I work is not a one-size fits all, I will tailor each session to suit your unique, specific needs and requirements. In using a mind-body approach I will help you to find your sense of self, improve your confidence and self-esteem, let go of old unhelpful patterns and cultivate self-awareness, understanding and acceptance.
You will learn about your vagus nerve and your nervous system, and how “stress-related illness” such as anxiety, depression, gut disorders, autoimmune issues and chronic pain can arise from nervous system dysregulation after chronic or traumatic stress.
The vagus nerve is key to a multitude of physiological functions that underpin everything from your mental and physical wellbeing, to maintaining relationships and your general happiness. If you experience feeling anxious, fidgety, angry, reactive and hyper-vigilant your nervous system is wired and dysregulated. If you experience feeling burnt out, unmotivated, exhausted, withdrawn and shut down, your nervous system is tired and dysregulated. A healthy nervous system that is given the opportunity to fully recover from stress activation becomes more adaptable, resilient and flexible. I will teach you how to do fast and effective neural practices that will re-tune your nervous system. Sometimes you just need the right tools to help you to return to a state where you can think clearly and feel calm. When you learn to regularly use these body-based practices you have so many more options; you can stand up for yourself, set boundaries with confidence, keep your cool and step outside of your comfort zone as you work toward what you really want in life.
Trauma may show up in your life as:
- People Pleasing
- Substance Abuse
- Chronic Pain/Illness
- Eating Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Health Issues
- Self-Destructive Behaviours
- Dissociation (shut down)
- Anger Outbursts
- Dysfunctional Relationships
- Poor Self-Care
Common symptoms after a traumatic experience may include:
- Short attention span
- Emotionally cut off
- Judgmental of self and others
- Unmotivated and low energy
- Difficulty making decisions
As a Trauma Informed Therapist I encourage you to go at your own pace and respect your boundaries, you will not be asked to share all of the details of your experience. I will explain the science behind the mind-body connection and teach you somatic approaches to process trauma. I will help you to understand the impact of trauma in different areas of your life – which might include romantic relationships, health, parenting, friendships, employment, etc. This helps you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself (thoughts/behaviours/emotions/reactions) to become more accepting and compassionate towards yourself. You will learn body-based tools to help you to regulate strong emotions before choosing to talk about the details of traumatic experiences that may be too activating or cause dissociation.
I will support you with:
- effective ways to repair your nervous system to instantly calm anxiety symptoms
- practical tools to self-regulate your moods and emotions
- skills that empower and harness your own internal resources
- gaining insight to new perspectives and problem solving with clarity
- expressing your needs and setting clear boundaries
- building healthy relationships
- greater self-care, intuition and befriending your body
- greater self-awareness, self-compassion, balance and creativity
- increased focus and resilience
I Offer Video Sessions Worldwide
The benefits of Video sessions include:-
- No travel required. This is great for those who may not drive and for those that do drive, it saves on petrol, parking and travel time spent in traffic.
- You may prefer to have your sessions in your own, comfortable environment.
- Having video sessions means that you have more therapists to choose from nationwide, giving you a better chance of finding a therapist who is right for you.
- Mobility can be a big issue for some people, so video sessions eliminates this issue.
What is required of you?
In order for our work together to be successful your commitment is essential – a readiness to change and a willingness to commit to weekly sessions.
It is best to first have an initial consultation call so that we can speak about your specific individual needs and requirements. This initial 20 minute call is free and you are under no obligation at all. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a call.
Contract and Fees
Once we have agreed to work together, we will discuss, decide and agree weekly sessions at a fee of £55 per 1 hour session and I’ll ask you to sign a contract agreeing my fees and terms. I also ask you to complete a confidential questionnaire – this is a getting-to-know-you process. This process allows me to assess where you stand now and provides information about the best way to help you. After this we speak at appointed times each week that we agree in advance, for a 1 hour session.
In order for you to gain the most benefit from your video sessions, please make sure that you:
- are in a room/area where you have an excellent internet connection
- have a fully charged video device
- will have privacy and not be interrupted by the telephone or other people
- have a pen and paper to write on
I do not work with children or young people under the age of 18.
See what the Professionals say …
“Caroline has a positive approach to understanding the complexities of human relationships and works creatively on the personal development of her clients. She is personable, creative and has high integrity.” ~ Fran Lintern Psychotherapist & Counselling Supervisor
“Caroline has a great perspective and understanding of her client’s needs. She applies this in a balanced way to ensure the desired results are achieved. On top of this she is a pleasure to spend time with, a real tonic! You can expect great results and expertise.” ~ Cathy Beare CFO Holiday Extras
“Caroline is calm, professional and knowledgeable with many years of experience behind her, plus the wealth of knowledge from her extensive research and studying activities. She pursues her continuing professional development to ensure her service is of the highest standard and she is extremely easy to work with and exudes a calming influence. She is confident and positive in her approach and I recommend her highly.” ~ Rachel Stone Business Coach Bespoke Training
“Caroline is easy to speak to, positive, engaging and insightful. She will always find the time to listen, but more than that she quickly understands, and finds from her wide range of experience, both empathy and solutions to take you to the next level. I would wholeheartedly recommend her she will make a difference!” John Hensman Director Ulity Limited