Karen Mackey MBACP (Registered Counsellor)
I am a qualified counsellor offering a calm, friendly and non-judgemental space where we can talk about how you are feeling, how to manage better what is happening in your life: how to be happier. Working together, you can find the answers which fit best. Everyone is different and my Counselling approach is flexible to meet your needs.
Counselling will help you have greater awareness and more control over how you live. You are likely to have more understanding of why you think as you do and be better able to reach decisions which feel right for you.
I am experienced in working with addictions, depression, anxiety, sadness, loss, anger, abuse, lack of confidence or self-esteem, relationship and family issues and societal problems. I have been a Counsellor at Catalyst, a drug and alcohol and well-being charity in Guildford for several years and also counsel at the YMCA. My experience is with men and women across all ages, from many backgrounds and cultures.
Weekday, evening and Sunday sessions available.
Your first appointment is at a reduced rate so you can come along without any obligation and see how the session is for you. It is important that you feel comfortable, able to trust me and that the relationship will work for you.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you quickly.
We will explore the concerns you bring and begin to untangle the difficulties you have. I would hope that as Counselling continues you become more able to lead a life that is balanced in a way that is meaningful to you.
My role is to help you look at what is going on in ways that perhaps you had not thought about before. I will encourage you to consider what is important for you, what choices you have and which you want to choose. I won’t give advice as I believe you have the answers that are likely to work best; together we will look for these.
If this is your first experience of Counselling you might want to know what to expect. Counselling takes place on a weekly basis, the focus is the issues you bring and what you want to achieve. Everyone is unique, I respect this and believe it is important for me to work flexibly and respond to the person you are. It is probable we will explore how you see your life which might involve looking at your life now, considering the future or possibly looking back at the past to gain awareness. This can give you more power and control over your life and probably help in decision making. Sometimes we might use creative ways of working, for example with clay, sand or drawing tools. Here the emphasis is on how they help understanding and insight rather than a finished product. We will choose ways of working which suit you personally.
I am an Integrative therapist which means I draw on different approaches to Counselling, including Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focussed Therapy and Transactional Analysis: whatever will help you manage your life in a way that works for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have ongoing counselling experience at Catalyst in Guildford.
I am also a Counsellor at Dialogue, YMCA in Guildford.
Enhanced DBS (formally CRB) checked and updated yearly.
- Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2016)
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory (2014)
- NOCN Level Three Certified Programme of Core Competencies (2012)
Continued Professional Development
I believe it is vital to continue to develop my knowledge, skills and understanding of Counselling. To this end I have attended many courses and workshops over the last year. Amongst these are:
- Working with Sexual Abuse
- Bereavement and Loss
- Working with Suicidal Risks
- Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum
- Understanding and Managing Stress
- Issues Around Sexual Identity
- Working Creatively
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£30 for first appointment
Second and further appointments:
£40 for 50 minute Counselling session starting before 5.30 pm on a weekday.
£45 for 50 minute session starting after 5.30 pm on a weekday.
£55 for 50 minute Counselling session on a Sunday
10% discount given for blocks of four sessions booked in advance. The discount will be taken off in the fourth appointment.
Some concessions are available.
Having the opportunity to talk through and explore difficult issues with someone outside your normal social groups, can be enormously helpful to managing difficult times. I see my Counselling role as being a commitment to work alongside you in a way that respects, values and appreciates you and also importantly, enables you to move forward.
Maps & Directions
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Weekday and evening availability. Some late morning/early afternoon Sunday sessions available.
Types of client