Carla Preston, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
BA PG Adv Dip MA Psych MBACP (Accred)
I am an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and counsellor, having trained for my advanced diploma with the CPPD School of Counselling and The Minster Centre in London for my Masters. I see individuals aged 18 and over for short or long term counselling and psychotherapy to help with a variety of concerns including but not exclusively anxiety, depression, life transitions, bereavement, relationship and family issues, identity, low confidence and self-esteem.
My work is rooted in the humanistic tradition, focused on self-development, growth and understanding that can lead to effective change. I seek to help clients to reconnect with their strengths, creativity and choices in the ‘here and now’ and to enable you to gain insight into your hopes, and deeper understanding of your internal world and external relationships to develop and maintain fulfilment and more joy in life.
Being human is complex. I believe that there is potential in all of us for growth and the capacity to live full lives. Sometimes we can feel anxious, depressed, stuck or blocked for no obvious reason, or as a result of current or past events. I will work with you to identify and understand these obstacles, how to face them and maneuver safely around them.
I work from an Integrative Humanistic perspective which means that I adapt how I work to suit your needs, with a belief that the relationship between counsellor and client is a crucial element of our work.
For over 10 years I have worked as a therapist and mental health mentor in higher education and for global Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP). This has provided me with a deep understanding and interest in the functioning and impact of organisations; the roles we take on in our social and family groups can get replicated in our work or student life and affect the way we respond to others and feel about ourselves.
If you would like to book a session I will schedule a phone call with you when we will briefly discuss your needs and arrange an initial session. Our first meeting is for you to tell me what is troubling you, take a brief history and discuss your hopes for the therapy – it is also an opportunity to see how we feel working together. If we agree to continue then we will discuss treatment. Depending on what you would like to address we can discuss short term treatment (6-18 sessions) or alternatively more open-ended deeper exploration. Once terms are agreed, we will begin working weekly; sessions are 50 minutes at the same time each week.
Initially I trained at the CPPD Counselling School and gained their Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I then went on to gain my Masters in Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre. I continue to supplement my core training with continuing professional development and am particularly interested in the areas of trauma and chronic pain.
Life before becoming a therapist:
For a decade after graduating with a BA in Arts and Humanities I worked in the museum, arts and photography sector and continue to be interested in and enjoy the fine and performing arts. I began my counselling experience at university in Leicester where I volunteered as a Niteline counsellor and went on to train other students to work on the helpline.
Professional Affiliations and experience:
I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework
The universities I have worked for include; Goldsmiths university, The City Literary Institute, University of Bedfordshire, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and London School of Economics and Politics.
My EAP work includes helping clients working for UK and Global brands plus employees of local councils, ambulance and fire services, schools, banks and telecommunication corporations.