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 identity, stress, and work 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. Carol has secured contracts with a range of organisations, schools, and Colleges across Cambridgeshire including Chesterton Community College, Embrace Child Victims of Crime and six of the Colleges of the University of Cambridge.
JHD Counselling has expanded from being a counselling organisation to having its own training centre offering counselling training courses from introductory level through to the full Diploma at which point one becomes a fully qualified counsellor.
As her team has taken over more responsibilities for the running of JHD, Carol has been able to set up in private practice in the North-West of England, where she resides, in addition to managing JHD. Her private practice includes working as an associate therapist for Lancs Constabulary and as a therapist for staff within local academy schools.