Karen Smith, BA Hons., Dip,Couns. MBACP
Isle Of Wight
Everyone experiences emotional difficulties at times in their life. People make use of counselling sessions to explore and make better sense of the things that concern them. I work with respect for each individual's beliefs and values, aiming to offer the greatest opportunity for growth and change.
I am a Humanistic therapist and take a Solution Focussed approach to therapy. Solution Focussed Therapy, as its name suggests, focuses on solutions and is goal orientated, rather than problem focussed as many other therapies are. The primary benefit of solution focussed counselling is that it helps clients to mobilise and develop their own resources to solve their own problems. This can result in a reduction in the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and interpersonal relationships can improve. Another benefit of solution focussed counselling is that the client and counsellor identify clear goals at the start. As a result of this the client and counsellor will both know what success looks like and therefore can easily identify when counselling is no longer required. The Solution Focussed approach can be less expensive than other forms of therapy that traditionally require more sessions over a longer period of time. I use solution focussed therapy in conjunction with other forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The Humanistic ethos underpins my counselling philosophy.
There are several assumptions that provide the framework of solution focussed counselling:
All people have the strengths and inner resources to solve life's challenges.
"Change is one of life's constants". Not only is change possible, it is always happening.
The Client is the expert in their life.
We do not need to know what caused a problem to be able to solve it.
Emphasis is on what is possible and changeable.
If it's not working, do something different.
By looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist you've already taken the first important step towards living a more fulfilling and happy life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents (Level 7)
BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Registered Member of BACP
My professional experience comes from running my own Private Practice which I set up in 2009. My first counselling placement involved working within a large University Counselling Service. Since then, I have set up and managed a Counselling Service for Parents and Carers at Island Children's Centres, I currently offer counselling to Children, Adolescents and Young Adults at a Charitable Youth Organisation. I have many years experience counselling in Secondary Schools and more recently counselling in Primary Schools. I have considerable experience working for various Employee Assistance Programmes, Health and Insurance Companies and within GP Surgeries.
As a qualified counsellor, I am trained and supported in ways, which enable me to work with you even if you might bring very challenging issues into the counselling work. I am happy to see you no matter how big or small you think your concerns might be.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer Clinical Supervision to qualified counsellors and counsellors in training.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
£45 Individual Counselling (50 minute session)
£40 Supervision - One to One (One Hour Session) - Supervision fees negotiable for trainee/student Counsellors.
The first session is for getting to know each other and making sure you're comfortable and happy to continue. I will outline what to expect from your therapy and explain the ethical framework that I work within and we'll begin to explore what has brought you to counselling. If you're worried about seeking counselling in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me - either by phone or email.
My mobile has an answer phone service to take your message if I am unavailable. I will return you call as soon as possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I run a private clinic on Fridays 9am - 5pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am offering supervision for counsellors and trainees at a reduced rate whilst I complete a British Psychological Society approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision. .View supervision profile