Hi, I'm Carrie
I am passionate about supporting people to connect to their well-being and help them heal the parts within that cause difficulties in their everyday lives or hopes held for a brighter future.
I have worked in the field of mental health and well-being for 20 years supporting adults and young people in education and running classes and well-being sessions privately. In 2022 I took time out to anchor my skills in counselling training. This has deeply embedded skills I've been developing my whole career. My work aims to support and empower people to develop their autonomy to effect the change they want to create.
Person-centred philosophy was my main study of focus however as an integrative counsellor I weave in training and a keen interest in embodiment, trauma-informed practice and the importance of nervous system safety. This brings together my experience of working with the body and mind to help people break out of limiting ideas and connect to their deepest selves for profound change.
My journey includes delivering parenting education/coaching using the parenting model of Hand in Hand Parenting providing insight, information and tools to help guide parents through the sometimes difficult and confusing aspects of being a parent. I am also a qualified yoga teacher delivering mindfulness interventions in a variety of environments including adult education, women’s centres and schools with young people
My life has always been influenced by the alternative therapy field. My Mum is a BWY Yoga teacher and I worked in the family health food shop in the 80’s. It was a natural progression to immerse myself in this field and I undertook training in alternative therapies and worked as a Holistic Therapist in London in 2000. Over several years I explored the effect stress has on the body and how to reduce anxiety. As someone who experienced difficulties in school, I wanted to work with children as I now understand that early childhood is when issues start for many people and this led to me working in schools with children.
I worked in schools for 10 years across ages 4-16 in both 1:1 and group settings with hard to reach and at-risk children. Extending my knowledge base with training in early attachment, Yoga courses in trauma, mental health awareness, and classroom-based peer massage. I taught yoga and mindfulness practices alongside emotional intelligence to help children deal with anxiety, behavioural problems and difficult life events.
My experience led me to work as a creative mentor supporting children in the care system.
After having my own children and experiencing the effect of stress in mine and other families I was delighted to find the Hand in Hand Parenting organisation and training. My work now blends together and has become a collaboration to tailor-make 1:1 sessions for the whole family as well as running group Hand in Hand Parenting courses.