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 "Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement."

Joseph Campbell

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About me


My name is Carima Nolten and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor (MBACP) with a background in education and expertise in Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).


I am originally from South Africa but have been living in the UK since 2010. I have over 20 years of experience working across the Corporate, Education and Healthcare sectors, providing me with a wealth of expertise, working with both children and adults of diverse backgrounds, in a variety of settings. I have been fortunate in gaining a sound knowledge of collaborative practice having worked closely with families, school staff and external specialist staff and agencies.

In addition to my private practice, I manage a counselling service in a London based school, where I support children through one-to one counselling and group work, while simultaneously embracing a whole school approach, offering support and psycho-education for teaching staff and parents.  


I regularly partake in continuing professional development (CPD).I am fully insured and am registered with the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Update Service and ICO.


•  Postgraduate Diploma - Counselling Children and Young People, UEL/Place2Be, Level 7 (BACP registered)

  ACTO Level 1 Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate 

  PGCE in Early Years and Foundation , University of South Africa (Cum Laude) 

  Level 3 Award in Special Educational Needs

  • Self -Harm and Working with Self-Harm, Level 3 Advanced

  •  Clay Field Therapy Practitioner ®

  • Guided Drawing Practitioner®

  • Certificate in Initiatic Art  Therapy

My Approach…


While my approach to counselling is both creative and integrative in nature, I draw from various different modalities, including attachment, psychodynamic, person centred, cognitive-behavioural, as well as using trauma-informed play and arts-based approaches.

Emotional health provides the foundation for long-term wellbeing and I believe that all people deserve a safe, confidential space in which they can be supported. When children or adults feel overwhelmed by emotions or difficult circumstances, healthy development can become stuck, impacting learning, behaviour and overall wellbeing. 

As a counsellor, I embrace a responsive and flexible approach, offering an empathic, non-judgemental and safe space for clients to explore and express feelings and thoughts around life experiences and challenges they may be facing in their own chosen way, whether it is through talking therapy or through various creative/play/art -based mediums.

My Experience . . .

I have diverse experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including Primary and Secondary schools, Private Tutoring, Sports Coaching alongside the Health Care and Corporate Sectors. I have extensive knowledge and experience in providing both academic and therapeutic support, especially across Neurodiversity. 


I am skilled in, but not limited to, offering clients therapeutic support across the following:

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Transitions - Expats, Life Changes, EBSA

  • Family Breakdown

  • Anger/aggression

  • Domestic Violence

  • Low self-esteem and confidence

  • Friendships & relationships

  • Bullying

  • Chronic illness, e.g. ME/CFS

  • Social difficulties

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Self Harm

  • Trauma

  • Developmental trauma  

  • Attachment difficulties

  • Gaming Addiction

  • Neurodiversity support





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