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Carrie Munday - OCST 1 Online Counselling Skills Diploma
Face to Face Counselling
Clearview Counselling, Gravesend, Kent is located in a quiet and comfortable residential venue, situated just off the Gravesend Central junction of the A2 and only a short drive from Dartford. It is easily accessed by public transport being only a 15 minute walk from Gravesend train station (2 stops from Dartford) and with local bus routes stopping outside. Car parking is free and readily available immediately outside. Click here for a map. Please note that unfortunately I am unable to provide wheelchair access.
I offer online counselling via video call, instant messenger live chat, email exchanges or via a blended approach - whatever is most appropriate for you. Click here to find out more.
Subject to availability, I can offer daytime and evening sessions (excluding weekends) for both face to face and online meetings.
How I can Help You
Recovery from trauma can feel frightening and hopeless but it is entirely possible. Trauma comes in many guises; a single event or perhaps a continuing situation. Maybe you have been subjected to domestic abuse/violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, childhood neglect or an attack of some description. Have you have been in an accident, or traumatised vicariously; by witnessing something distressing. Have you been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Trauma often brings with it feelings such as shame, embarrassment, confusion and powerlessness. Flashbacks, nightmares and fragmented memory recall are commonplace as is anxiety, hyper vigilance (constantly looking over your shoulder) and panic attacks yet they can leave you feeling isolated, powerless and unable to cope with life – existing rather than living. Whatever your situation, it can change and things will feel better for you. Click here to read more about how I can help you with your recovery.
Why Choose Clearview Counselling?
√ With my specific training and experience in working with trauma you will be working with a Counsellor who has an in depth understanding of the issues and complexities that trauma giving you the reassurance you are working with a counsellor with particular expertise in your situation.
√ I am accustomed to hearing and working with extremely distressing situations so you can feel reassured I can listen to whatever you are telling me without having to worry that it’s too awful to say or that you have to be protective of me as you may feel with your family/friends.
√ I practice from a private residence in an informal atmosphere and with no marketing materials on display so you will can come along confident that nobody knows why you are entering the property and feel comfortable and relaxed working through your difficulties.
√ Being based locally I am easy to reach making it easier for you to attend sessions without worrying about time or the added expense of travelling further afield which means that you can continue with your daily life with the minimum of disruption to family and working life.
√ Working with a counsellor in private practice means you are not limited regards the number of sessions available. You can choose when to stop, or maybe take a break and then resume giving you the knowledge you are in control. You also get to choose your counsellor rather than having one allocated to you which means you won’t have the anxiety of working with someone you may not feel comfortable with.
√ Private practice means you won’t have to wait months for an NHS or a charitable counsellor to become available so you can start to feel better quicker.
√ My not working in a multi practice gives you the assurance that any time you make contact it is with your counsellor only allowing you to feel safe in the knowledge your case is confidential and will allay any anxiety about speaking with strangers.
√ Testimonials from previous clients gives you the chance to read others experiences of working with me so you can relax in the knowledge that clients in a similar position to yours have been completely satisfied and are feeling much better meaning you can too.
√ Part of working with trauma will involve psycho education; learning what happens to the brain when traumatised, how symptoms can manifest physically and how to manage them. Working with me you will understand why you are experiencing symptoms, that what you are experiencing is normal and acquire new strategies to help you deal with them. This will ease the anxiety, shame, guilt etc which often comes with trauma meaning you will be able to re-engage with life (work, social, day to day chores).
√ Being a registered member of the BACP and ACTO confirms my training, qualifications and adherence to their Ethical Frameworks. This along with being registered with the Information Commissioners Office, being DBS checked and holding the appropriate professional insurance means you can be confident that I am meeting professional and ethical standards at all times.
"Carrie really helped me work through an extremely difficult period in my life through understanding my problems and also finding the root of the problems. The tools and exercises she gave me have been so helpful and I will use them for the rest of my life. She is so caring and a great listener and has completely changed my mindset to a positive one. I am so thankful and would recommend anyone to seek help through Carrie." - Dec 2019
"Carrie made me feel very welcome and comfortable. I was able to openly share my thoughts and feelings without judgement." - Aug 2019
"I am grateful for having such a service by my counsellor, I feel like I have a clearer perspective of life. She has allowed me to understand myself and encouraged me to be the best I can be. Thank you so much!" - May 2019
"Carrie has been very helpful in listening to my concerns and encouraging me to seek little ways to improve the balance of my life, which has had a very positive effect on my overall well being" - May 2019
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Unsure if counselling is for you?
I understand you may never experienced counselling before and could be feeling be confused or anxious about how whether it is right for you but please try not to worry as I am here to help you to put aside those concerns. Counselling with Clearview, Gravesend means that you will feel in control of your choice to start counselling as well as how it ends. I'll assist you in making an informed decision - whether about working with me, or counselling in general.
1. Arranging an initial appointment with Clearview, Gravesend will provide the opportunity to have a friendly, informative chat about what you are looking for support with and to find out more about how I can help you - no tests, no forms - just an informal conversation. You'll be able to gain an initial sense of me and the environment in which I practice whilst having the chance to ask any questions you may have. There is never any obligation to continue, on either side, if we don't feel comfortable enough to forge a working relationship.
2. I work within the BACP’s and ACTO's Ethical Frameworks which means I am under strict guidelines to treat you fairly and ethically. I will cause you no harm, will treat you with respect and, if I cannot help you, I will talk with you openly about other options available to you.
3. Trust in your instincts about how you would feel about working with me when you’re in the room with me (this would apply to any therapist you may be considering).
4. You may worry that if you attend a consultation you will be tied into attending many more sessions; this is not the case with Clearview, Gravesend. You can stay for as few or as many sessions as long as we both feel they are of benefit to you. Once you (and/or I begin to recognise that what you came into counselling for has been addressed enough for your needs, then we can begin to look at how you would like to end counselling.
So with no obligation to continue, what have you got to lose compared to what you might gain....!