Karen Polley

Karen Polley


07783 899362

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07783 899362

About me

I am a gentle and compassionate counsellor and hypnotherapist who strongly believes in the uniqueness of the individual and in the value of the therapeutic relationship. I can work creatively (eg using art, stones, visualisation, dreams) should clients wish, but sessions are always client led. There is no pressure or expectation.

I provide a safe, supportive, accepting and non judgemental environment where clients can explore their feelings and gradually become more aware of who they truly are. They may then be better able to make changes to their lives or situations or to cope more effectively with that which cannot be changed.

As a qualified counsellor and hypnotherapist I can offer clients counselling, hypnotherapy or a combination of the two.

Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis - clients will never be encouraged to cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. I merely facilitate the process. A client will never act against his or her belief system or ethics.

The trance state is that lovely relaxed state we go into just before we fall asleep. Some clients may doze whilst under hypnosis but this does not matter as the subconscious is still working.

Under hypnosis the door to the subconscious is ajar and so together we can gain access to memories from the past which are having a negative impact on the present.

Let me give you a very simplistic example - if I was given some bad news by someone wearing red, then my mind may well associate red with something negative and whenever I met someone wearing red in the future I would feel a sense of foreboding and dread. It is a past memory being brought to the present.

How hypnotherapy would work would be to go back to the initial event and release the negative ties associated with the red. Its a bit like re-educating that part of the subconscious.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to mediate between conflicting parts of a client - so if one part wanted him/her to give up smoking and another part wanted him/her to continue I would mediate between the two parts until they came to an agreement.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have Diplomas in Personnel and Development, Humanistic Counselling and Hypnotherapy and was employed in the mental health voluntary sector for fourteen years.

I have additional experience working with drug users, alcoholics and men and women who have been sexually violated.

I have also worked with clients who have an acquired brain injury.

I have co-facilitated the training of new volunteers working on a support line for men and women who have been sexually violated.

I teach improve your self-esteem, managing stress and anxiety for Aspire, West Sussex County Council and for Portsmouth County Council and also teach basic counselling skills.

I am a member of BACP

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self injury, pet bereavement, panic attacks


Counselling - £45 per 60 minute session.
Hypnotherapy - £45 per 60 minute session
Counselling and Hypnotherapy - £60 per 90 minute session

Concessions may be available. These are negotiated on an individual basis.

Further information

I am willing to visit disabled or agoraphobic clients in their own homes.

Maps & Directions

Havant, PO9

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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