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My name is Jackie Carter and  I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society (NCS15-01791) and abide by their code of ethics. Copy available on request.

I started counselling because I wanted to help people overcome their fears and live a better life. They say talking is a great way to feel better about certain situations, talking through with a friend or family member is also very beneficial.

What happens when you don’t have someone close? You don’t talk you tend to let life slip by and think, “why bother it never changes”. Well it won’t if you feel it can never change, you will sabotage it until it really doesn’t ever change.

I offer you the chance to talk in complete confidentiality. I don’t judge you or tell you what to do, I encourage you to find the path you want, then help you to negotiate the bends and dead ends and cross roads you encounter. You are not alone, we all encounter obstacles, some are easy to navigate, some knock us over, and some just won’t let us move on. You deserve to be happy, it’s time to take care of you.

What happens in the first meeting?

The first meeting is to get to know you a little better and for you to do the same with me. I look at your history and ask some questions to see how I can help you.  This also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling.
I offer short Counselling or longer term  Psychotherapy and will review progress at short intervals to ensure you get the best from each session. The length of the counselling depends entirely on you, what ever you need it is important you feel comfortable.
Sometimes I will give you some homework, (not like school I won't mark it or even look at it) unless you want me too. This can help you in between sessions to begin setting up new ways of thinking or to record your feelings during difficult times. It won't be for everyone and is not compulsory. 
Overall what you talk about in the sessions is totally your choice and certainly not mine.