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Charmaine Arnold

My working life has included a diverse wealth of experience. I worked with very young children when I managed a Montessori Nursery School, then moved to the civil service and later to the world of corporate finance with a multi national company in the City of London. In all these environments I became more and more aware of how communication plays an important part in meeting individual needs.

My early work at the nursery revealed how young minds absorb their world through their senses. If nurtured and affirmed, they develop into confident adults able to make sound choices in their lives. Unfortunately, if this does not happen many children grow into adults unable to express or even identify what they need to be happy and fulfilled. Indeed, some spend a great deal of time suppressing their needs so that they meet with the approval of others.

My interest in the complexity of relationships and how they influence and inform our thinking, from early childhood through to old age, led me to change professions and become a counsellor.

I gained a Degree and Diploma in counselling at the Metanoia Institute (www.metanoia.ac.uk) and I am a member of both the Metanoia Institute and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (www.bacp.co.uk). My work is guided by the standards and ethics outlined by both organisations.

I work primarily as a Person-Centred counsellor using elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA) to meet my clients’ needs.

My experience extends to counselling adults of all ages in both short term and long term therapy and I have spent several years working with clients referred through the NHS and private organisations. My work with young adults as a sixth form counsellor at a local grammar school gave me valuable insight into some of the difficulties young people face at this challenging time in their lives.

I have had the privilege of working with many clients over the years and I have been inspired by their determination and openness to bring about the changes they have needed to live happier lives. I believe counselling creates the opportunity for change by giving you the time and space to think through any difficulties you may be experiencing and discover choices that were previously unknown to you.