CBT Psychotherapist & Couple Counsellor

BABCP accredited, Accredited Family Law Consultant (Resolution) & BACP Member.

Carla Swan is a psychotherapist as well as a counsellor. She is a Oxford University trained Masters level Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy therapist, she is also a Relate trained couples therapist holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Couples Counselling from the University of East London.  This rare skill set gives  her an expansive knowledge and experience working transdiognostically with clients utilising CBT, Psychodynamic, Systemic  and Narrative therapy models, whilst having the skill set to work with relationships as well as pathological problems one or both of her clients are suffering. Though mainly working in English, Carla also counsels clients through a foreign language interpreter.
Carla works with couples and individuals in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment. She provides short-, medium-, and long-term therapeutic services.

Carla’s work portfolio includes a number of organisations including:
  • NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service (NHS)
  • Relate
  • NHS Secondary Care
  • MIND
  • AXA
  • TTN Rehabilitation
  • NHS Social Services

  • And many more...

She designed and implemented the couples therapy service within Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust , the Milton Keynes branch, as part of the national Improving Access Don Baucomto Psychological Therapies (IAPT) primary care service, ensuring that it was up to date with NICE guidelines. Her supervisor and mentor has included Professor Don Baucom the world-recognized cognitive behavioural therapy for couples.

Carla was also one of first practitioners in the UK to train other clinicians in this evidence-based approach to couples therapy this was on behalf of BABCP.
She is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the leading organisation for CBT in the UK, and a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that she is bound by the codes of ethics and practice of both organisations, guaranteeing the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. She is also an accredited family law consultant with Resolution.

CBT Post Grad Masters/Diploma (OCTC) – Oxford University
CBT Post Grad Diploma – Oxford College
Post Grad Certificate -Foundation in Couple Counselling - Relate - University of East London 

Career History

Private Practice Individual & Couples Therapy Oct 2008 - To Date 

Some of the disorders Carla works with are:

  • Depression
  • Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
  • Anxiety & all anxiety related illness
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Long term illness
  • End of life illness
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Domestic Violence
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Difficulty in expressing feelings
  • PTSD / Trauma
  • Bi Polar Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Body dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • And many more...
  • Relationships

Relationship counselling for couples
Relationship counselling for individuals
Relationship therapy for couples when one or both of the couple are suffering mental illness. (working on the pathological issue as well as the relationship)
Managing separation
Lowering the impact of divorce on children
Difficulties in entering/sustaining relationships
Recovering from relationship breakdown
And more...


General marital and couple therapy, which refers to the application of traditional approaches to address broad relationship issues thought to be associated with the disorder or implicated in the maintenance of symptoms.

Disorder-specific, ways in which partners and family members interact or handle situations related to the individual’s disorder that might contribute to the maintenance of the disorder or impede treatment gains.

Partner-family assisted treatments, which involve the partner or family member as a surrogate therapist or coach, with no attention to relationship issues.


Carla is an experienced and highly trained therapist working in Milton Keynes (Bucks). She is both BABCP accredited and a BACP Member. She is also an accredited Family Law Consultant with Resolution. Carla is an empathetic counsellor who works with her clients in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment.

Central Milton Keynes - & Buckinghamshire (London)

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Call on: 07803 895 800

Or email: carla@carlaswan.com