Carol Harmston-Dean began her working life as a secondary school teacher. Within two years at her first school, she was promoted to a Head of Year position and became accountable for the emotional/social welfare of 175 students, and the management of six form tutors. During the next four years, Carol gained such a passion for this pastoral role that she decided to leave teaching full time to re-train as a psychotherapist.
After 3 years of studying, Carol qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2007. During her training she worked as a volunteer counsellor for Lincolnshire Women’s Aid and Peterborough and Fenland MIND. Working for these two organisations provided experience of working with victims of domestic violence/abuse and adults coping with diagnosed mental health issues.
Since 2007, Carol has been a self-employed counsellor working from home. Her clients have included children, adolescents, adults, couples and families covering a range of issues including: abuse, anger management, anxiety and depression, bereavement, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationships, self-harm, sexuality and stress. Private practice work has included 1-2-1 counselling both face-to-face and over the telephone.
In addition to private practice, Carol has worked with clients in different institutions and held the following roles:
- Senior counsellor at the College of West Anglia
- School counsellor at a number of secondary schools – covering Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire
- Guidance and Support Manager at The Manor School, Cambridge
- Service Manager for STARS Bereavement Support Services, Cambridge
- Counselling Tutor at The College of West Anglia, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Hills Road College and JHD Counselling Training Centres
Having managed a team of counsellors and external agencies at The Manor School, Carol decided to expand her private practice to become an organisation rather than a single counsellor. She has worked hard to build up a dedicated and loyal team of counsellors that are excellent practitioners.
JHD Counselling has expanded from being a counselling organisation offering individual, couple and family counselling, in to a service offering support groups, workshops and courses as well. The business goes from strength and strength and has built up a client base very rapidly due to the excellent professionalism offered.