Karen Jones MBACP, Dip/HE, BA (Hons)
07533633796 / 07533 633796
I offer; individual, face-to-face and telephone counselling, in the Colchester and Tendring area of North Essex.
I believe that all individuals; possess the innate resources needed, to help them cope and heal from life's challenges. My role is to help others to acknowledge and integrate these resources so that they can enjoy a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
Many of us can feel conflicted by our need to express our inner feelings and desires, and our need to appease others, in order to feel accepted; within our family, social and work environments. In my view, the ideal way of being in the World is when we find a comfortable balance, through integration of all aspects of ourselves. I aim to model this way of being; with my authentic, humble presence, and ongoing personal and professional development.
My approach is compassion-focused and values the therapeutic relationship, as the most important factor in facilitating the client's self-acceptance and positive psychological change.
All thoughts and feelings are welcome and there is no such thing as 'getting it wrong'. I accept people just as they are and always hope that client's will perceive this, when they meet me for the first time.
My work sometimes involves; tentative encouragement of bodily awareness, visualisation and creative activities, when I intuitively sense these will be of benefit.
I always experience a great sense of joy; when clients I work with, begin to really hear and trust in their own process, which enables them to feel more at peace with who they are. This is exactly why I am drawn to this kind of work.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, I adhere to their Ethical Framework, and work within safe therapeutic boundaries.
If you have visited this page, it means that you have already taken the courageous first step, in acknowledging that you may need or want some external support, and at this moment, are considering counselling, as an option.
I hope that things will begin to seem better for you soon, whichever path you decide to take.
If you have any questions or would like to find out whether we will be able to work together, please contact me, using the details provided here, and feel free to visit my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
2017 - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Integrative Counselling @ University of Suffolk
2015 - Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling @ University of Essex
2012 - AQA Level 2 Counselling Skills
2011 - AQA Level 2 Counselling Concepts
January 2016 to September 2017 - Volunteer Counsellor at Colchester and Tendring Women's Refuge
November 2013 to May 2015 - Volunteer, Trainee Counsellor at Colchester Institute Counselling Service
January 2012 to November 2013 - Volunteer listener with Samaritans
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a Mother of five, with experience of breastfeeding, I understand the pressures that new parents face. I also know how family and friends can try to help by offering useful advice, and how this can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of ourselves. My approach encourages new parents to explore and make sense of their own thoughts and feelings, so that they can learn to trust in their own abilities and find a greater sense of joy in life, with their little ones. I also appreciate that getting out of the house can be a struggle at this time and to assist with this obstacle, I can visit you in the comfort of your home.
I also have experience of working with clients who had been involved in high conflict divorce, and separation. This has given me valuable insights into a controversial phenomenon known as Parent Alienation, and the struggles people sometimes face, when working with the family court system and welfare services.
*Initial face-to-face consultation - £20*
Individual Counselling - £30 per session
Student/Trainee Counsellors - £20 per session
I also offer telephone Counselling - £15 per session (payable by PayPal)
Concessions are available for those on low incomes and when I am able to work from a location where room hire is not charged. Please contact me so that we can discuss your needs.
24 hours cancellation notice is required, otherwise, I will still need to charge the agreed fee.
My commitment to ethical practice, means that I meet regularly with a professional supervisor to ensure I am practising in a way which is safe and beneficial to clients. This also enables me to maintain and develop my own self-awareness. Client anonymity is protected at all times.
Home visits can be arranged for the elderly and infirm, following an initial consultation.
The duration of each session will be approximately 50 minutes.
***I may also be able to work from a room at the Kingsland Church (above Aldi in Stanway, CO3), subject to room availability)***
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available by phone between 9am and 9pm, 7 days a week. Appointments can be scheduled to suit, depending on my current availability. Please contact to discuss.
Types of client