CC and The Nurturing.

Carolann Gneist |BA Hons Person Centred Therapist

"If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer’’  Stephen Porges

Early Days

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.

Mindfulness Calls

In 1995 her studies began to focus on psychotherapy beginning with a foundation course in Core Process Psychotherapy.   This was 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.

Therapy and the Science of Compassion

It was 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.  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 has also qualified with the British School of Yoga as a meditation teacher.
Passion has turned back towards Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and to a body based somatic inquiry called Hakomi. Hakomi blends the qualities of mindfulness with compassion, warmth and presence of Carl Rogers’ approach.  Developed by Ron Kurtz, in the 1970’s seemed to dovetail beautifully with Rogers’ own interest in the great power of loving presence.  
CC is being taught Hakomi by legacy holders Marcia Burton and Bob Malone on Salt Spring Island, BC.  
Finding Both Wings
Together with her husband,  CC left the UK in 2018  for Victoria, BC in Canada.  She has more recently been involved in training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion, the work of Dr’s Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer.  They have done such pioneering research and development in the field of MSC.  
One area of interest for CC is and has always been addiction, as this has been a large part of her own personal journey.  She is keen to help adapt the teachings of MSC to this particular area.
Her intention is to offer these teachings in British Columbia, California and the UK.  

Carolann Gneist | Counsellor | Surrey

Training, Qualifications & Experience

  • Trained Teacher Mindful Self-Compassion (Centre for MSC)
  • 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

In recent years CC’s studies have centred around childhood developmental trauma, trauma recovery, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, neuroscience and and the scientific research on compassion and empathy.

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