Hello, welcome to my website. My name is Carolyne and I work as an independent counsellor in private practice. I am also a Reiki Master.
I started my counselling career in 2002 and have substantial experience working with many different issues in a variety of settings including primary care, higher education, local community and charities.
I am a humanistic counsellor and offer a safe, non judgemental, confidential place where I can listen and help you discover your own path, at your own pace, and to gain more awareness and clarity about what you need, to feel you are moving towards wellness.
My practice is based on the outskirts of Durham City, close to the A1 and within easy travelling distance for Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Chester le Street, Sedgefield, Wynyard, Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne.
There is plenty of parking on the quiet street where I live and work.
Please take a look through the other pages to learn more about me and read further explanations about how I work.
MSc Counselling Psychology
Certificate in Creative Supervision
Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy Skills
Accredited Member of British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Reiki Master from the Gendai Reiki lineage and member of the Gendai Reiki Network
Substantial experience working as a counsellor in a variety of settings.
Worked with both young people and adults.
Settings have included: primary care, community settings, higher education and charities.
Experience of helping people with many different issues and concerns including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, anger, sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse and assault, self-harm, bullying, eating issues, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues, divorce, separation, low self-esteem, spirituality.
My qualifications and experience are grounded in my commitment to self-development, professional development, self-awareness and spiritual growth. I believe that I need to understand and know myself so that I can help others do the same.
Throughout my time as a counsellor I have worked in a humanistic way offering understanding, acceptance and non judgement.
I qualified as a Reiki Master in a Western lineage in January 2010. I later trained and was attuned as a Reiki Master in the Gendai lineage in August 2014 in the UK. In October 2016 I travelled to Japan to train with Hiroshi Doi, the founder of the Gendai Reiki Healing Association and was attuned to become a Reiki Master in the Gendai Healing Association.
There are ever increasing types of counselling and therapy on offer so if you are thinking about counselling for the first time it may seem daunting.
At the heart of person centred counselling is the belief that a genuine relationship between the counsellor and their client is of paramount significance.
People have an inner, natural, intuitive knowledge about themselves and given a safe, non-judgmental, understanding relationship with a counsellor they can be helped to understand themselves more fully.
Every person is unique therefore I hope to work in a way that is most beneficial and comfortable for each person. I am holistic in nature as I believe all aspects of a person have equal significance; mind, body and soul.
I offer both long term and short term counselling. Length of time in counselling can vary from a few sessions to months of work. It very much depends on you and how you feel you are progressing.
What to expect
Initially we would have an 'assessment session' whereby you would decide if I am the right counsellor for you. In life we feel a connection with some people better than others and a counselling relationship is no different. I would also assess whether I was the most appropriately qualified person to help you with your concerns. At the beginning of this initial session I would discuss confidentiality with you and answer any questions you might have about this and about the way I work.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” - Carl Rogers
I am a Reiki Master from the Gendai lineage of Usui Sensei’s tradition of natural healing. I have received Master training and attunements in both Western Reiki from Mrs Takata’s lineage and from Hiroshi Doi’s Japanese Gendai lineage.
Reiki is the Japanese word for 'universal energy'.
Every person has a bio magnetic energy field; energy runs through, in and around our bodies.
Reiki can be used as a method of relaxation and helps us to become more in tune with ourselves and our bodies.
Reiki can be learned as a technique for self-care, self -development and spiritual growth.
Reiki is more than a relaxing treatment. In my experience it can bring feelings of peace and can be regarded as a step towards becoming healthier and happier.
I offer individual Reiki sessions and also offer Reiki in conjunction with counselling.
Reiki is not a replacement for conventional medicine, please contact your doctor if you have any health concerns and are not already receiving medical attention. Reiki might enhance your ability to heal and it might also enhance the benefits of conventional health treatments.
Please click here if you would like to read some research into the benefits of Reiki
What to expect
Please wear comfortable clothes for a Reiki treatment. I will ask you to remove your shoes, any chunky metal jewellery and watch before you lie on the Reiki table, if you prefer it is also possible to receive Reiki while sat in a chair. Reiki is a light hands on treatment but it is not massage. The treatment is often experienced as very relaxing and sometimes you may feel heat, cold or tingling which is the energy flowing. If you feel any discomfort the treatment will be stopped in that area, but this is unusual.
Reiki is a tool for self-care, self-development and spiritual growth. We can benefit from receiving Reiki from another person and we can also benefit from regularly giving ourselves Reiki to improve or maintain our physical and spiritual health.
I offer Reiki attunements. After a Reiki level one Sho-den attunement a person is able to give themselves and their friends/family Reiki. At level 2, students learn how to send Reiki over distance. After a Reiki level two Oku-den attunement a person can offer Reiki to the public. Level 3 Shinpi den attunement is focussed on developing spirituality. Level 4 Gokuikai den is Reiki Master level which means being attuned and trained to teach and attune Reiki students.
“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” ― Eckhart Tolle
I am a humanistic counsellor and supervisor with substantial experience working in primary care, community settings, higher education and charities.
I have found supervision to be a great source of support, self-care, personal and professional development. I hope to provide a warm, safe and non judgemental space in which you feel safe to bring all aspects of your client work. I hope to help you be fully present for your clients by facilitating the growth of your self awareness in your therapeutic relationships. A good supervision relationship is central to a safe counselling practice, both for your client and yourself.
Each working relationship is unique therefore the content of each session depends on what your needs are. If appropriate I can integrate various creative methods to facilitate your process.
Please get in touch if you would like more information or if you would like to meet me (no charge) to discuss your requirements and for us to assess whether or not I am the most appropriate supervisor for you.
Counselling £40/hour *First session £30
Counselling for students £35/hour *First session £25
Supervision £40/hour (£35 for counselling students)
Reiki treatment £40/session
Gendai Reiki Attunements
Reiki level 1 (Sho-den) £150
Reiki level 2 (Oku-den) £200
Reiki level 3 (Shinpi-den) and Reiki level 4 (Gokuikai-den) price upon application
If you have received Reiki attunements in other lineages from the Usui tradition, all fees are halved for the same level already attained.
Following Gendai tradition, I offer free attunements, of the same level already attained, to all those who have received a Gendai attunement from myself or other Gendai Masters worldwide.
I accept cash, cheque or bank transfer which is usually done at the end of the session.
Fees rising to £45/hour for counselling and supervision April 2020.