Carolyn Smith Mental Health

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Carolyn Smith Mental Health

Services

Carolyn has 20 years experience as a mental health professional and senior leader within the NHS and a Local Authority and uses her knowledge and skills to provide personalised services for recovery.

The services that are available are:

  • Assessment and bespoke therapeutic programmes for anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression and addiction, and
  • Groupwork.

Yoga classes, workshops and courses are also available for anxiety, low mood, stress and burnout, addiction, chronic fatigue syndrome and ME. Click the link for more information. https://www.carolynsmith.org/courses-workshops/

Bespoke Therapeutic Programmes

High quality bespoke therapeutic programmes are offered for anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression and addiction. They are not intended as a substitute for the free mental health treatment that is available from the NHS, rather they offer an alternative approach for common mental health difficulties at a time that is convenient for you.

A no obligation assessment is carried out in your first session to establish what you consider your difficulties to be, to explore what you have tried before and to develop a formulation to make sense of your difficulties in the context of your life events, relationships, social circumstances and environment. You will receive your written formulation report, in the form of a letter to you, within 5 days of your assessment appointment, which includes recommendations for recovery. The report is comprehensive and takes much longer than the initial assessment appointment to prepare.

The assessment and formulation letter is a complete service in itself. Having a different perspective and understanding your difficulties in a different way may be enough for you to work towards your recovery.
If you would like to go further, an individual therapeutic programme can be designed with you. All programmes are provided in blocks of 4 sessions with your progress being reviewed in the last session of each block. Further blocks of sessions can be arranged however the intention is to work with you towards recovery as quickly as possible, so you can get on with living your life.

A prerequisite for working with Carolyn beyond the initial assessment appointment, is the commitment to attend sessions and complete the tasks that are set in each session to support your recovery. Tasks and exercises will be agreed with you so you can incorporate them into your day to day life. Typically, you will need to commit up to 30 minutes a day to carry out these tasks and exercises. It is important to be aware that working towards recovery may at times be uncomfortable and challenge some of your beliefs. While Carolyn is experienced in motivational interviewing to help you tip the balance towards greater commitment and motivation for change, the more you commit to the process, the better the outcome is likely to be.

The prices for this service are:

Initial 55-minute face to face assessment and formulation letter – £120
Four session post-assessment face to face package – £290. Each session is 55 minutes; the package includes one ‘as needed’ 30-minute telephone or Skype call.
Or,
55-minute Skype assessment and formulation letter – £99
Four session post-assessment Skype package. The package includes one ‘as needed’ 30-minute telephone or Skype call – £249

Payment plans can be arranged. Please enquire for details.

To book a free, no obligation 30 minute telephone consultation please email mentalhealth@carolynsmith.org

Managing Anxiety and Panic Course

  • Are anxiety and panic attacks limiting your life?
  • Have you lost interest in the things you used to enjoy?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and exhausted but find it difficult to sleep?
  • Feel restless, edgy and sense something bad will happen if you don’t do things in a certain way?
  • Experience a racing heart, sweating, trembling or stomach problems?

Anxiety and panic can increase susceptibility to illness and have a significant impact on thoughts, behaviours, work, leisure and relationships.

You may find that you get confused easily, have difficulty concentrating or struggle to make decisions. It may feel like you have too many racing thoughts, you are frequently worried that a catastrophe is just around the corner and avoid the situations and places that cause you anxiety.

Palpitations, butterflies in the stomach, sweating, trembling, being short of breath, dizziness, pins and needles, muscle tension, nausea, bowel or bladder problems, tiredness and difficulties sleeping can all be symptoms of anxiety. You should of course visit your GP if you are concerned about any of your symptoms to check for any underlying health conditions.

If you are ready to commit to making changes in your life, this 4 session outcome-focused course will focus on the ‘here and now’ to provide you with tools and techniques to work towards solutions as quickly as possible. From the outset and during the course, you will identify ‘where you are at’, ‘what you want to achieve’ and ‘what the barriers have been up to now’.  Each session will focus on key topics to support you with the process of identifying and refining, realistic, achievable goals and solutions.

Key topics covered in the course include:

  • Understanding anxiety;
  • How anxiety effects the body and mind;
  • How your beliefs impact on your thoughts and behaviours;
  • Identifying, challenging and reframing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours;
  • Techniques and tools to manage anxiety;
  • Understanding panic attacks, what happens in the body in a panic attack, triggers and how to manage them;
  • Learning how to relax;
  • Lifestyle management.

Relaxation and breathing skills will also be practiced in the course. You will need to commit 15 to 30 minutes a day for the duration of the course to consolidate your learning and take it into your daily life. Activities, depending on individual needs and goals, may include graded exposure and keeping a ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviours diary’.

Carolyn will draw on a range of change focused and therapeutic approaches in the course; solution focused work, motivational interviewing, behavioural activation and principles from CBT.

Similarly to other change focused and therapeutic programmes, for the course to be effective, commitment to change, to attend all sessions and engage with the course material is important. Please check that you are able to attend all sessions before booking to attend a course as it is progressive with each session building on the previous one.

Each course is run as a closed group, which means that no additional participants will be able join a course after it has started. The reasons for this are to provide consistency and a friendly space where you feel safe and supported.

Courses are held in venues in Mendip. Each session runs for 1 hour 50 minutes over 4 consecutive weeks and the cost of the course is £79.

Dates for the next course will be available soon.

This course can also be provided for health, social care and community organisations. To discuss your requirements and request a quote please email mentalhealth@carolynsmith.org

Location

Face to face assessment and bespoke therapeutic programmes can be provided in your home and/or in community based venues in and around Butleigh, Glastonbury and Street.

Skype Programmes

Assessment and bespoke programmes can also be provided by Skype.

Confidentiality

All work with Carolyn is confidential. Personal information will only be disclosed with your consent unless it is in the ‘public interest’ to do so, is required by a court of law or is required to safeguard vulnerable adults or children. This might be in circumstances when disclosing information is necessary to prevent a serious crime or serious harm to yourself of other people.

Qualifications

Carolyn is registered with The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and holds a MSc (Distinction) Social Work Studies and Diploma in Social Work from the University of Southampton. For more information, please visit the About Us page.

Mental Health Services for Organisations

Carolyn provides senior leadership consultancy and independent social work services for organisations. Services available include:

  • Independent investigations;
  • Supervision and mentorship for health and social care professionals;
  • Practice teaching for social work students and,
  • Mental health training.