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Karole Thomas
Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Consulting Rooms (by appointment)

Labyrinth Business Centre, 43-47 Middle Hillgate
Stockport
Greater Manchester
SK1 3DG

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings
  • Weekends

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Professional Title

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Summary

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Stockport

  • Individual £45 - 60 minutes
  • Couple £65 - 90 minutes
Payment Methods Accepted: Cash, Cheque
Languages: English

Issues Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress
  • Substance Dependence


Therapies

  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Client Centred Therapy


Private Health Insurance Registrations

Aviva Health

Gender

Female

More Detail

Over 9 Years Post-Accreditation Experience

Welcome. I am Karole. I'm an accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I help individuals and couples with their mental health. I have private sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. My focus includes Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), as well as the particular problems experienced by men, transgender people and women.

What to Expect

A preliminary assessment appointment allows you to see if you are comfortable with me, discuss what troubles you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and decide if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment session in Stockport.

Client Centred Therapy

Client centred therapy concentrates on understanding and supporting you. It facilitates your honesty around the concerns you experience. Client centred therapy seeks to help you discover your own answers.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy concentrates on how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviour. It identifies and challenges unhelpful ideas that perpetuate the problems you encounter. The objective of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and emotions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) suggests cognitive behavioural therapy for alcohol dependence, bipolar disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME), depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self harm and substance dependence.

Counselling

(2 Reviews)
Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You determine which issue regarding your early years or adult life you discuss. An objective of counselling is to help you to talk about a problem and find a solution which is right for you.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the difficulties you face. It explores your ideas, feelings and significant moments in your history. Psychotherapy aims to help you change or find appropriate ways of managing.

Thoughts on Mental Health

For harmful drinkers and people with mild alcohol dependence, psychological interventions can be effective in helping you to develop controlled drinking strategies or to remain alcohol free. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one such psychological treatment, where you work with a therapist to identify how your problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviour fit together and maintain your alcohol problem. CBT can help you to challenge your negative thoughts and beliefs, and put in place changed and healthier behaviours. Individuals with moderate or severe alcohol dependence may initially need medical support. If you are drinking heavily and often, stopping all alcohol consumption at once can lead to serious physical withdrawal symptoms, including seizures. It is important that you seek medical advice to consider whether a detoxification programme is required to manage withdrawal safely in a planned way. Once withdrawal has been successfully managed, you can then benefit from CBT.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for alcohol dependence
Mental exhaustion, anxiety, depression, stress, or other emotional trauma can also cause CFS. Initially it may be difficult to see whether you are experiencing CFS or depression and anxiety alone, as the symptoms are very similar. If you are experiencing CFS, you may become depressed and/or anxious over time if you are unable to do what you want (or think you should be doing) and if you believe you are letting other people or yourself down. You may believe you will never get better, and lose hope of leading a 'normal' life again. A common experience in CFS is that, as the symptoms fluctuate over time, when you feel better you may try and catch up on things that you have not been able to do, and do as much as you can at once to make the most of the opportunity. Unfortunately what happens as a result is that you try to do too much at once (overdo it), subsequently feel more tired and ill, and so believe you have made no progress at all.
Read More: Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
Andrea was experiencing moderately severe depression and moderate anxiety, with some functional impairment in her day-to-day life. She presented as very distressed, overwhelmed and concerned about her ex-husband as she felt he was very unhappy because of her leaving. She felt anxious and guilty about the marriage split, and she was very tearful and fearful. Andrea wanted to be able to see her current situation more rationally. Initially the goals were around helping her become less distressed by the break up in her marriage, and later about learning why she had struggled so much with severe loneliness and depression. As an integrative therapist, I draw on a range of approaches that will fit best with what the client wants and how their issues present. CBT and mindfulness are often most helpful in working on symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Read More: Your experiences: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) solution for depression
Experiencing sadness is not the same as experiencing depression, although feeling sad can be one of the symptoms of depression. Generally speaking, sadness is temporary or shorter term in nature and is not usually a cause for worry. It is often connected to life changes (positive and negative) and can sometimes result in a person taking less care of themselves for a while. It will not normally involve feelings of suicide. It becomes a cause for concern when these feelings don't go away. Depression is an illness and, unlike sadness, there may not be any apparent cause. It is often mistaken for feeling sad or unhappy and people who think this (including the individual) may expect someone with depression to 'get over it' or 'cheer up'. However, although everyone experiences life's ups and downs, not everyone goes on to develop depression. Depression is characterised by very negative thinking about yourself, others and the world, and it becomes difficult for you to see anything in a positive light. People with depression have a consistently low mood and/or a loss of interest in things that normally matter to them. If you experience these symptoms on most days, over a period of at least two weeks, then you may be suffering from depression. It can have a significant impact on your ability to function in the day to day, including interpersonal relationships, ability to work and deal with social situations. Sometimes the low mood causes so much emotional distress that you may consider suicide.
Read More: How do I know if I'm depressed or just sad?

Clinical Qualifications

  • Master of Arts
    Counselling
    University of Manchester (UK)
    June 2009
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) Counsellor and Psychotherapist since June 2007 (Registered since April 2010)

I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Verified RSCPP Client Reviews


Karole Thomas has 4 Reviews (5.00 out of 5 stars)
By Rating:
5 stars: (4)
4 star: (0)
3 star: (0)
2 star: (0)
1 star: (0)
By Issue:
Phobias: (1)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): (1)
Depression: (1)
Self Esteem: (1)
By Therapy Service:
Client Centred Therapy: (1)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): (1)
Counselling: (2)



Greg, 55 from Stockport, gave a review after 6 sessions

20 October 2016

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Went in to the first meeting with great trepidation, and was immediately put at ease. Working with Karole never felt like therapy, it was always just so easy. It must have been therapy though because it really worked. I cannot thank her enough."

Rating of Client Centred Therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD):


Anonymous

17 April 2016

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"I went to see Karole as a fear of flying had escalated, and I needed help to enable me to go on a holiday I had booked. I had been advised to try CBT. Karole made me feel very comfortable, relaxed and very reassured in the fact that I had made a very positive move in seeking help. Through Karole I was able to gain quick access to CBT, was given exercises to practice and tools to help me. I found my therapy sessions a very positive and enjoyable experience, and after 5 sessions was able to face flying to go on a holiday! The fact that Karole offered evening and weekend sessions was very helpful in fitting therapy in around a full time job. I would highly recommend Karole."

Rating of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Phobias:


Emma, 33 from Manchester, gave a review after 30 sessions

11 April 2015

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Karole is very much a straight talker which i personally think is a great quality, she has a great sense of humour which makes the sessions with her enjoyable rather than intimidating and I often find myself laughing during sessions with her. She often relates things that you say to her own personal experiences which allows you to feel she understands you on a personal level and It is my opinion that she genuinely cares for each of her clients. I have found that Karole is extremely flexible with her sessions which means that she fits around your life extremely well. Karole also ensures that she always maintains confidentiality and professional boundaries, and she endeavours to remain professionally up to date and often attends additional courses. I would highly recommend Karole as a counsellor as I believe she has helped me move forward in my own life. I hope you come to enjoy your sessions with her as much as I do. It has undoubtably been the best money I have ever spent."

Rating of Counselling for Self Esteem:


Chris, 37 from Cheshire, gave a review after 8 sessions

09 April 2015

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Karole is a very experienced and highly qualified therapist. Having visited other therapists, I was surprised at how easy it was to talk to Karole and how quickly she understood my concerns. She is a fantastic listener, incredibly understanding and offers practical and simple ways to work through and deal with problems - big and small. I can't recommend Karole highly enough. She is a fantastic therapist and because of this I have seen extremely positive results in my personal and professional life."

Rating of Counselling for Depression:

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Stockport, Royal Oak Industrial Estate, Heaviley, Whitehall Industrial Estate, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Bredbury, Demmings Industrial Estate, Cheadle, Heaton Mersey, Reddish, Hazel Grove, Cheadle Hulme, Burnage, Romiley, Ladybarn, Levenshulme, Haughton Green, Bramhall

Nearest Train Stations

  • Stockport (0.4 miles)
  • Davenport (1.3 miles)
  • Woodsmoor (1.5 miles)
  • Heaton Chapel (1.7 miles)
  • Brinnington (2 miles)
  • Reddish South (2 miles)
  • Bredbury (2.2 miles)
  • Hazel Grove (2.4 miles)
  • Cheadle Hulme (2.5 miles)
  • Romiley (2.7 miles)


Wheelchair access: No

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