CC and The Nurturing.

Carolann Gneist |BA Hons Person Centred Therapist

"Working with me as a therapist is ultimately about relating to yourself in a positive way."

CC (Carolann) began her journey towards her life work back in the 1980s when she found herself struggling with her own demons. She initially trained as a massage therapist and worked for several years at a health farm in Surrey, UK. In the early 1990’s she became qualified as a reflexologist and alongside her job with British Airways, she ran a business from her home.

In 1995 her studies began to focus on psychotherapy beginning with a foundation course in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original mindfulness-based psychotherapy training programs. Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice underpin this approach, which is integrated with western personality theory, psychodynamics and psychotherapy skills.
She continued to study various methodologies for many years, whilst working for the airline and travelling extensively. She took courses in NLP, Theta healing, Integrated Counselling Skills, went on retreats around the world and has a passion for yoga. She has been inspired by such teachers as Ken Wilber, Ram Dass, Mother Meera, Marianne Williamson, Tara Brach, John Welwood, Jack Cornfield.
In was in 2010 that her interest turned into a desire for a professional training and she embarked on a Bachelors degree in Person Centred Counselling at The Metanoia Institute in London. By this time it was her deep conviction that it is our innate nature to grow towards our true potential and heal from suffering, given the right environment, and so Carl Rogers‘ core conditions of acceptance, warmth and the genuine presence became the cornerstone of her work.
Since qualifying with a First Class honours in 2014 she has been working in private practise as well as educational settings in the U.K.
She continues to offer reflexology and has also qualified with the British School of Yoga as a meditation teacher.
Since 2015 her passion has turned back towards Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and also body based somatic inquiry as she trains in Hakomi, which she feels blends these qualities with the compassion, warmth and presence of Carl Rogers’ approach.  Hakomi, which was developed by Ron Kurtz, in the 1970’s seems to dovetail beautifully from Carl Rogers’ own interest in the great power of loving presence before he died in 1987.
In 2018 she  and her husband followed their hearts out to Victoria BC where she runs an online and in person practise.
In 2019 as a qualified teacher if Mindful Self-Compassion, she will facilitate training workshops in BC and Southern California.  

Carolann Gneist | Counsellor | Surrey

Training, Qualifications & Experience

  • Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • First Class Honours Degree, Person Centred Counselling (The Metanoia Institute, London)
  • BSY Registered Meditation Teacher
  • Certificate in Awareness of Bereavement Care
  • Practitioner Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming  (NLP)
  • Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
  • Certificate of Completion in Core Process Psychotherapy (Foundation Course) - Karuna Institute

I am regularly attending courses and workshops as part of my continuing professional development (CPD). In recent years my studies have centred around childhood developmental trauma, trauma and  the development of the brain.

My Inspiration

'The essence of trauma, which is underneath all human dis-function, addiction, affliction, disease, confusion, is separation from the self, ........and so the intention of all therapeutic interaction needs to be helping a person reconnect with themselves......' 

Dr Gabor Mate, author, speaker, teacher