Set Yourself Free-Karen Pinder MBACP, Diploma Therapeutic Counselling.

Set Yourself Free-Karen Pinder MBACP, Diploma Therapeutic Counselling.


West Yorkshire

07914 591981

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West Yorkshire

07914 591981

About me

It is sometimes hard to speak with someone you know about sensitive problems or concerns, If you have ever wanted someone to listen to you who will not judge or criticise you about your issues, thoughts and feelings, or you are struggling dealing with difficult situations, present or past, anxiety or depression. I can offer you a safe and confidential space to work through your issues with you. You don't have to make the journey on your own.

I am a qualified counsellor my diploma is in the person centred approach to counselling.  I have worked with long and short term issues such as, anxiety, depression, money problems, abuse, bereavement, self-harm, relationships', low self-esteem, child related issues and much more.

My background is supporting young people through various issues, I have worked in education for 14 years supporting students to year 11, with learning difficulties and disabilities.  This included helping them over come barriers to learning which often means working closely with them on personal issues which affects their ability to work in school, this has included things such as anger management, self harm, improving self esteem, anxiety etc.

I also volunteer at a charity counselling adults who couldn't otherwise access counselling due to low income. The issues i have dealt with are varied such as addictions, anxiexty, depression, childhood issues, abuse, bereavement.

My private practice is either in Leeds centre next to the town hall, Woodlesford/Rothwell and Rodley Lane.

If getting to an appointment is a problem for you I offer Skype sessions if that suites you better. This may be more convenient for you or save time in travelling. It may be that you will feel more comfortable speaking about your issues from the comfort of your own home or have anxiety or a disability and it is easier for you to use this facility. If you are interested in finding out more or checking on availability, please e-mail me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a counselling diploma in person centred counselling. This is non-directive and client led therapeutic counselling, helping you work through your thoughts and feelings.

  • 14 yrs experience working with young people who have specific needs such as autism, moderate learning difficulties ADHD & emotional issues.
  • I am DBS checked
  • Member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework
  • Worked as a learning mentor within a high school- helping young people overcome a variety of issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, bereavement, family breakdowns, substance abuse, self harm.
  • Run social & emotional, self-esteem and general support groups to help overcome fear & anxiety, gain confidence and deal with emotions and other issues.
  • Worked along side an educational psychologist to deliver CBT to individuals and groups.
  • voluntary counselling at a charitable organisation, for over 2 years, working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse relationship problems, bereavement and much more.
  • I have completed a course with Cruse bereavement
  • Private practice

Additional Training
Cruse bereavement
Autism & ADHD

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

We also run support groups

What is Group Therapy
Group therapy is a 90 minute session weekly for up to 10 people. We offer refreshments and a place for people to share their thoughts and feelings and support others. It may seem very daunting, but group therapy can be very effective and supportive for many people. It is more beneficial to commit to a number of sessions, we will discuss this with you. We usually run a group for 8-10 weeks and work on a wide range of issues and challenges in a safe and confidential environment.  There is an agreement made by group members to keep the content of the session confidential. Valuable learning from group work is gained via direct interaction listening and observing.

Being part of a supportive therapy group can give you strength and hope, particularly during a testing time in your life. The counsellors help group members to raise and deal with difficult or sensitive issues in a safe supportive way.

How does group therapy compare to individual therapy?

A: In a group there is the opportunity to listen as well as to talk. The very act of sharing with others who are also experiencing difficult feelings can substantially reduce feelings of isolation. This is a therapeutic process in itself, and is a good starting point for continuing therapeutic work. A therapy group has the potential to provide a supportive and safe place within which to explore the painful thoughts and feelings that it may not feel safe to express elsewhere.

Will I have to reveal information about myself in a group immediately?

A: No. It is common to feel anxious at first, the thought of joining a group and talking about yourself can be difficult. Most people will take a little time to feel at ease in a new group, and everyone goes at their own pace. However, people usually feel better once they have begun to share their issues and difficulties with others, and are reassured by the confidentiality of the group and listening to others.  This often helps and reassures you are not on your own.

We run groups for

Bereavement: you may have experienced a bereavement or other kind of loss, not necessarily recently, and the grieving process may have been difficult or excessively painful

Anxiety, Depression:this can cause lots of issues in day to day life. Low mood, lack of confidence.

Low self-esteem/confidence: We work on raising self esteem

Please contact us in confidence for any further information.

The groups run weekly, over 8-10 weeks. If you have been thinking about counselling but feel you can't afford it this may be for you, run by counsellors, you are supported by them and your peers within the group.

If you would like more information or know somebody who you think may be interested please contact us.

Groups run in LS1 easy access via bus or train or on street meter parking & LS26 close to bus routes, motorway network & wakefield-free parking

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  • Group therapy
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  • sessions are 50 minutes @ £40. per session. Payment required in advance to secure room booking, by bank transfer or PayPal
  • 24hr notice is required for cancellations.
  • reduced rate for counselling diploma students and low income.
  • Skype £25 per 50 min session payable in advance by bank transfer or paypal

I offer both long and short term counselling to suit your need.

If finance is an issue why not try group work, this is a very effective way of starting your counselling journey for some people.  Cost should not be a barrier to getting the help that you need. Our group rate is very reasonable but please speak to us

  • Group sessions £10 pw.

Further information

Current days available

Appointments available in Leeds 26, LS1 & Rodley LS13

Mon 10.00-8.00,Tue, Wed, 10.00 - 8.00pm Appointments available in Leeds Centre
Next to the town hall Leeds Centre. On street parking easy access by bus and train.

Leeds 26 or Leeds 13
Mon, Thurs, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Fri                 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sat               12.00am - 3.00pm
Free parking available

Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS13
Leeds, LS26

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mon 10.00-17.00,Tues-Wed 10.00-20.00 LS1 Mon,Thurs,10.00-20.00 LS13/26. Sat 12.00-15.00 LS26

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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