My name is Richard Carroll and I work as an integrative counsellor, which means I draw upon a broad spectrum of theories, strategies and techniques to create a bespoke approach for everyone I work with. My integrative approach has evolved over the last 20 years from both studying and experience.
I've briefly outlined this process below, but initially I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor for adults. This is a great foundation as it focuses on the building of a strong therapeutic relationship; however a few years later I decided to expand my theoretical understanding and professional competence so did a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling. Doing the BSc (Hons) gave me more scope to work with a range of theories that help move towards healing and self-confidence.
After completing my BSc (Hons) I went back to University and did a Post-Graduate Diploma and an M.A in Counselling Children and Young People, I learnt creative, inspirational ways to connect with children and young people, and they also work well with adults too. Further training over the years has increased my skills and knowledge to provide a range of structured interventions to address the variety of issues people come to counselling for. Over time, I have integrated short-term ways of working as well as being trained and experienced in providing single session therapy.
I also took a different path and trained as a couples counsellor, this helped me understand dynamics between couples, help improve communication and generally be more cohesive. Supplementary training has enabled me to provide counselling online via webcam, instant messaging and email, therefore, I provide plenty of ways to access therapy.
In addition to being a therapist, I also lecture on degree level counselling and psychotherapy courses, which I have done for nearly 15 years.
These tiny birds represent courage and resilience when facing emotional difficulties. Furthermore, the hummingbird is symbolic of agility, beauty, and grace. When you see a hummingbird you are reminded to stop, take a breath and savour each moment as it passes knowing the future will be brighter.
This enables you to explore how you are feeling at a deep level, always respectfully accepting your experience without making any interpretations or assumptions. We all have the inner resources to heal, change and grow, but we silence that inner voice that has all the answers and can assist us in really knowing what is right for us.
I take the time to re-connect you to that quiet inner voice, so you can solve your problems in a way that is right for you. My clients tell me the experience of being less alone in their problem is healing in itself.
Exploring this opens the door to clearing the past, out of date feelings, patterns of thinking or mindsets that initiate the freedom to create a future without fear and a future you are excited about.
we cannot find the words to really express the spectrum of emotions we are feeling. Therefore, occasionally, with your permission and with your comfort level being the most important thing to me, I may introduce a creative way of working. Working creatively may mean using stones, shells, drawings or objects to bring a different focus to our work which may enable us to gain alternative valuable insights that support your healing.
This may mean that I employ techniques and theories from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), T.A (Transactional Analysis) with the aim of really supporting you and to enhance our work giving you the maximum benefit.
I can offer counselling/psychotherapy online by webcam, instant messaging and email. Please contact me to establish the most suitable way for you to engage with online counselling.
I am located in Farnborough very close to the Blackwater Retail Park (known locally as Farnborough Gate retail park) in a quiet and private therapy room.
It is easily accessible from Farnborough, Frimley, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Blackwater, Hawley, Camberley, Sandhurst, Bagshot, Bracknell, Ascot and the M3/A331.
I am between three train stations, Frimley, Farnborough North and Farnborough Main; there are plenty of bus stops too.
Please note: My therapy room is up a flight of stairs, so I apologise, wheelchair access is not possible.
Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed.
I accept payment by cash or bank transfer.
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