Karen Mistlin

Karen Mistlin

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Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire
WD3

07774 834730

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Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire
WD3

07774 834730

About me

The clients I work with often come to me feeling "stuck", knowing that they are not reaching their fullest potential and aware that aspects of their behaviour sometimes holds them back from making the most of their lives.

I am an experienced Therapist having worked in Counselling Agencies and in Private Practice for several years helping adults and adolescents through difficult and challenging times.

There may be past or present experiences that hinder personal development. Memories, thoughts or feelings that replay in the mind, not being able to make sense of them. It can often feel like a weight is being carried which may sometimes lead to producing levels of frustration and anxiety which affect everyday life.

Past life experiences may be impacting current relationships which can cause confusion, insecurity and sometimes conflict. It can be useful in order to move forward with existing relationships to trace the source of a person's responses, helping make sense of their reactions and repeated pattterns of behaviour in personal or work situations.

I work at my client's pace and according to their needs. I endeavour to enable my clients to explore whatever issues they need to in a non -judgemental, accepting and confidential therapeutic environment. I work with clients helping them tap into their own healing potential, together with increasing levels of self awareness in order to be empowered to be able to make more positive life choices.

I am able to utilise different therapeutic approaches in sessions to suit individual needs, designed to enable clients to develop their own means of self empowerment and abilities in order to feel more confident to handle what has either happened in their past or in preparation for the future.  Working methods including C.B.T, along with a strong grounding in Person Centred counselling create an eclectic therapuetic mix which can enable us to navigate and explore and resolve issues together.

I am always mindful and sensitive to what is being discussed and aware how difficult it can often be to actually take the first step to seek help and support. It is important to recognise that therapy is a collaborative process focussing together on what the therapy is about and working towards whatever it may be that is most important for a person to realise in their lives.

Client Testimonials:

Client M.

“Thank you for helping me to re-frame my personal context and change my life. Something within us responds to people who level with us. There is official truth and ground truth. How wonderful to start experiencing ground truth. Before we learn, we must unlearn. Empty the cup. I needed trust and security and no conditions to start the process. Small steps! With appreciation and gratitude.”

Client B.

“Counselling has given me a greater understanding about myself and others, and the space to work through my most difficult memories and experiences. It’s also empowered me to change my own behaviour and have much healthier and happier relationships than ever before”

Client C.

” You have really helped me in what I feel was such a short of space of time, I can’t believe how much more positive and better I feel – I don’t know what I would have done without your help!”

Client D.

“I started seeing Karen because life felt very difficult . I couldn’t even tell you why, but life seemed too much to deal with, and I didn’t want it to be. It is hard to explain what has changed, or how, just that now life doesn’t feel so impossible. There wasn’t a magic cure, Karen just helped me to develop the skills and confidence to believe in myself and change the way I was thinking. Now it feels like there are things to look forward to and be excited by, I have started to live, rather than just exist.”

Client J.

I am very grateful to Karen for her personalised approach, and for helping me to regain confidence, particularly in my communication and presentation skills. Being the first time I had tried hypnotherapy, CBT and NLP, I felt like I was in safe hands with Karen, who made me feel at ease and was there to answer any questions I had throughout.”

Client D:

"Just thought you'd like to know that my presentation went well, to nearly 70 people in the end. No notes and some good feedback too. Had a few negative demons in the morning of the meeting but with your help I knew how to squash them so thanks for everything. I can't say I will ever enjoy presenting or will look forward to it, but at least I now know I can do it..........!

Thanks again

Client P:

"Karen was a pleasure to meet with. Her attitude was extremely positive and encouraging.Working with Karen has cleared some issues which had been terribly limiting and I am continuing to notice improvements everyday. The therapy was very personal and I always felt clearly understood and in control of my own goals. I have also learnt some interesting things and would thoroughly recommend".

Client C:

"Just wanted to say thank you so much for your support and kindness over the last few months. I feel I have really benefitted from your expertise.

We did perspective in my art class last night, and it reminded me of how you have helped me put things in perspective too!

Thank you for listening to me and laughing with me."

Client H:

"I started having counselling sessions with Karen because I was in a relationship that had led to anxiety and depression that meant on many days I couldn’t face leaving the house or talking to anyone.  It had been bad enough for long enough that I knew I needed to seek some help to overcome it.

I worked with Karen for over two years as that’s the time it took me to reach the point where I had had moved my life and way of thinking on to a place where I could cope, trust my own judgement again, enjoy the things I used to enjoy and ultimately, decide to end the relationship.

It’s difficult to find the words to explain all the ways Karen helped me.  Therapy is a personal experience and will be different for everyone, but I cannot thank her enough for her kindness, warmth, skill, gentle humour and for asking some probing and challenging questions, but never pushing me when I didn’t yet have the answer.  The best way to sum it up would be to say that when I went to her, I was stuck in a tiny box, knowing that I was missing life, but really not sure I could get out.  Now I’m back in the world, living."

Client N:

Just wanted to drop you a line, to say I’m continuing to keep my perky head above water.  The time I spent with you, seems to have enabled me to exhume a lot of the negative feelings & anger I’d been carrying around, so now can just get on with the present & the future. I’m no longer dwelling on the past. So once again wanted to say I appreciate your help & for listening to my verbal vomiting!!

Client A:

I have found the session with Karen to have been very beneficial. I didn't really know what to expect having had no prior experience of hypnotherapy but Karen's warm, caring style eased any fears very quickly. At no point did I feel out of control or vulnerable, I felt relaxed and most importantly confident that Karen placed the same level of importance on the issue I was describing as I did. The results have been very rapid and I'm very glad that I took the step I did.

Client J:

I can't thank you enough for helping me find what is truly important to me. You have shown me how to build the confidence to live without a crippling fear of judgement, and to simply enjoy life like I never had before.


Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. Sociology (Hons) (London University)

Certificate Counselling (Harrow College)

FdA Counselling (Foundation Degree Award) (Middx University)

Advanced Diploma C.B.T. methods for Person Centred Counsellors (Warwick University)

Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy - Quest Institute

Cert NLP Practitioner -Quest Institute

BACP Certificate of Proficiency Registered


Professional Memberships:

MBACP (Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

NCH     (Member of National Council Hypnotherapy)

CNHC    (Registered Member of Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)


Women's Centre Watford - 2006 - 2008

Signpost Youth Counselling Agency - 2006 - 2102

Registered Therapist at Cygnet Healthcare Hospital at Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middx

In Private Practice based in Rickmansworth

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Individual Counselling -   £60 per session (60 mins)

Student Counsellors -   £40 per session (60 mins)


I am a recognised service provider with
Standard Life Insurance
Prudential Insurance
Cigna Insurance

Further information

If further information is required please contact me via email or phone. All in strictest confidence.

Full professional liability insurance (Holistic Insurance)

I am able to book sessions both in the daytime and evening.

Parking available.

Maps & Directions

Rickmansworth, WD3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Available for sessions both daytime and evening. Last session time 8 p.m.

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