Clearview Counselling Professional Counselling in Gravesend, Kent

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Carrie Munday - Diploma in Integrative Counselling, MBACP
Carrie Munday - OCST 1 Online Counselling Skills Diploma

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Hello and welcome to Clearview Counselling, Gravesend. I'm Carrie, a qualified and experienced Counsellor working with clients from Gravesend, Dartford and the surrounding areas. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).

I specialise in helping adults impacted by traumatic events (either as victim of or witness to) such as childhood abuse, rape, violent attacks, major accidents, domestic abuse etc recover from their adversity and live life again.


Services

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 minute 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.

Online Counselling
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

I have particular interest and experience of working with clients on the following:

  • Trauma
  • Stress, Anxiety and Panic
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Depression

    Trauma Recovery
    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 and panic attacks yet they can leave you feeling isolated, powerless and unable to cope with life – existing rather than living. Whatever your situation, by working together, your situation can change and feel better for you. Click here to read more about how I can help you with your recovery.

    Stress, Anxiety, Panic
    Some stress is normal and it can be a useful drive that helps us take action, feel more energised and get results. If however you are overly stressed it can lead to anxiety. Anxiety is a normal human experience which we will all experience but if your feelings of anxiety are very strong, or last for a long time, it can become overwhelming. Perhaps you suffer with panic attacks that seem to happen for no reason. Do you feel as though you will faint/have a heart attack and you are exhausted when the panic subsides? It can be terrifying feeling out of control of your own body but I can help you to understand and manage what is happening. Anxiety presents in various ways including phobias, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety to name but a few. Anxiety can give rise to feelings such as weakness, isolation, helplessness whilst potentially leading to safety seeking behaviours such avoiding situations or running from them thus seriously impacting on how we live life. If any of the above sounds familiar Click here to learn how, by working together, we can get a handle on your anxiety.

    Grief, Loss, Bereavement
    When thinking of grief we tend to tend to think of a loved one having died but loss can impact us in many ways including things such as redundancy, divorce, children leaving home and serious illness. Coping with a significant loss is a process with no set timescale and one that is unique to each of us; there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve. Losing someone or something we value highly can be hugely traumatic, whether we have had prior warning or not. Is your loss a recent one that has left you shocked and feeling in a surreal bubble? Perhaps it happened a while ago and you are only just starting to come to terms with it. Loss brings with it commonalities such as feeling unable to cry, fearing crying in case you can’t stop, notions such as ‘I should be over it by now’ and ‘I can’t burden others with my grief’ to name but a few. If you can relate to any of the aforementioned Click here for more information on how I can help you with your process.

    Low Self Esteem
    Do you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others and thinking ‘I wish I could be confident and as comfortable as they are with themselves? Perhaps you have negative beliefs about yourself such as ‘I am not worthy, I am not loveable, I am not good enough, I have nothing to offer' or similar. Are you relying on compliments from others in order to feel good about yourself? Then it is likely you have low self esteem. This can be due to many reasons – perhaps you had a difficult childhood, maybe you are going through a painful relationship breakup, have been bullied, abused or have been made redundant. Indeed, there may not be one single cause but a combination of events. Whatever your life situation, you will be pleased to know I can help you to change this. Even if you have struggled with low self esteem for a long time, working together with me you will be able to understand what self esteem is and realise your worth and feel content with who you are. If you would like to change how you perceive and feel about yourself then Click here for how we can do this.

    Depression
    Do you feel as though you are stuck under a black cloud which is constantly smothering? Do you feel yourself shutting down, becoming less capable of coping, numb and empty? We will all feel low/sad at times throughout life but if you have been feeling sad or unable to enjoy things for a prolonged period of time then you may be suffering with depression. Perhaps you are aware of other indicators such as such as irritability, no motivation, disrupted eating/sleeping, lack of concentration, suicidal thoughts etc. Depression does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, with 1 in 5 of us experiencing it at some point in life. It is an illness not a weakness yet it often leaves us feeling like a burden to others, isolated, worthless etc. Are you are experiencing depression in its milder form; still able to continue with daily life but everything seems more difficult and seems less worthwhile. Perhaps you are struggling with a more severe level which leaves you feeling suicidal. Depression has varying faces such as Pre and Post natal, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Persistent Depressive Disorder etc. If you are experiencing depression then there is no need to suffer alone. Click here for more details on how I can support you. Whatever your experience I am here to help you feel better.


  • Why Choose Clearview Counselling?

    You won’t have to wait weeks (sometimes months) for an NHS or a charitable counsellor to become available

    You won’t be limited to a maximum number of 4 (or so) sessions as is often the case with counselling services

    You won’t have to meet with a newly qualified counsellor or one who has not yet finished their training

    You are not restricted to a particular modality of counselling i.e. the choice will not be made for you by what’s available on the NHS

    Being a member of the BACP confirms my training, qualifications and adherence to the BACPs Ethical Framework

    Being a member of ACTO confirms my qualifications for online counselling and adherence to ACTOs Ethical Framework

    I maintain a minimum 30 hrs continued professional development annually to keeps my practice informed, reviewed and up to date

    I attend a minimum of 90-minutes/month clinical supervision & more when work demands

    I work with clients in both long-term/open-ended and short-term/brief therapies

    I hold professional Indemnity Insurance

    I am DBS (CRB) certified

    Clearview Gravesend is registered with the Information Commissioners Office


    Testimonial

    "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

    Click here to read more client reviews


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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....!


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