Karen Pollock Bsc (Hons) MBACP
07442 808719 / 07442 808719
Hello, and thank you for reading my profile.
I am a qualified, experienced, therapist who takes an integrative approach to therapy. This means I try to focus on what the client needs, using techniques and theories from different areas.
I see the job of a therapist as being creating a space where the client can explore what matters to them, a safe, non judgemental space which belongs to the client. I use a number of interventions, as appropriate, such as journaling, mindfulness, art therapy, stone work and other gestalt techniques. In many ways I see myself as a facilitator or guide on a journey the client has embarked on.
Clients tell me they value my down to earth attitude, my open mindedness, my compassion, and that I do not "seem like a therapist". I do not believe I am an expert who can tell you what to do. I am a trained professional who can walk alongside you and use my expertise to help you work out the issues that matter to you.
I offer online therapy, which can be particularly useful to a number of people, either because of time, location, other commitments, disability, and convenience. Sessions can take place either via webcam, or instant messaging.
I also offer conventional in person counselling, based in the Tyne Valley.
Sessions last for 50 minutes, usually take place weekly, and whether in person or online I adhere to the values, and ethical framework of the BACP. A copy of this, and their complaints procedure are available upon request. I am also fully insured and have a DBS check.
Qualifications and Training
I am a fully qualified counsellor with a professional diploma in counselling as well as further specialist training. This included 100 hours of supervised volunteer counselling in organisations who provided low-cost or free counselling to clients from very diverse backgrounds. It cemented within me the need for therapy to be more affordable and accessible to all.
My initial training was person centered, in essence this means believing you, the client, is the expert in your own life. I see myself as a guide, or navigator, whose role is not to take charge but to walk alongside you. I was fortunate that my department took an integrationist approach, encouraging us to use and develop skills from all schools of counselling.
I have undergone specific extra training in working with:
- domestic violence
- child abuse
- relationship counselling
- working online
- drug and alcohol use
- family breakdown
- gender and sexual diversities including; asexuality, BDSM, bisexuality, non binary identities, polyamorous and non monogamies, kink and trans clients.
How I work
Choosing to start counselling is for many a huge step. People can be concerned about stigma, stirring up the past, being judged. Many clients approach me after previous negative experiences of counselling. I offer empathetic, non judgemental open-minded counselling, always rooted in my belief that everyone is doing the best they can, with the resources they have available to them.
I am a registered member of the BACP, the largest regulator of counselling in the UK. I adhere to their ethical framework, and complaints procedures. I believe passionately in ethical practice, and the need for strong regulation of counselling to protect clients from abusive or negligent therapists. I am also fully insured. It matters to me that clients feel able to make a complaint just as they would against any other professional. I advocate for better training of therapists in gender and sexuality diversity.
I offer counselling online or face to face working from offices in the Tyne Valley. I currently work with clients from across the world who find online counselling fits best with their needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first session?
The initial session is very much a "getting to know you". It is important you feel I am the right therapist for you. We will discuss practicalities, such as time, contact between sessions, emergency contacts and so forth. We will both sign a written contract, which gives you a clear outline of what to expect from me. We will also discuss issues around self care, and understanding that counselling can stir up strong emotions. You will only need to pay for this session if you decide to continue, I feel its important clients have no pressure on them when making such an important decision.
How do you work online?
Online counselling can take place either by instant messaging, camera or email. I use either Skype or an encrypted secure app called Appear.in. I have written simple how to guides of how to set up Skype accounts, use instant messaging, or Appear.in. I also have guidance on protecting your confidentiality if for example you are using a family or shared computer. Email counselling takes place weekly, just like any other counselling session, and I reply within 24 hours to your email, which will be sent at a set time each week when you can set aside the time to explore and reflect.
You are also a writer, will you write about our sessions?
Whilst my clients continually educate and inspire me, I take great pains to ensure that nothing from the sessions ends up in my writing. I do not anonymise, instead I use totally hypothetical situations if I am writing about counselling. It is understandable that you might be worried about confidentiality however I make it one of my guiding principles that if I cannot write about something without respecting the sacred bond of trust between me and a client, I do not write about it at all.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Counselling, A Professional Diploma in Counselling (level 5), a certificate in contracting and a Bsc (hons) in Philosophy.
I have undertaken further training in working with
- domestic violence
- Non monogamies
- LGBTQ clients
- Bisexual clients
- Trans clients
- Child abuse
- relationship counselling
I have been running my own private practice online for two years, as well as volunteering with local charities. I am a board member for Be:trans support and development North. I work locally training a number of organisations, including the NHS to understand better the needs of the gender and sexuality diverse communities.
As someone who has worked and lived overseas I have experience which expat clients have found invaluable,particularly in understanding the stresses and pressures of living, working overseas and raising third culture kids.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
lesbian, gay, gender variance, trans, bisexual, sexuality, polygamy, non monogamy, asexuality, grey/demi asexual, kink, bdsm, queer, porn addiction
Photos & videos
I offer a sliding scale of payment, from £20 to £60 for individuals and £30 to £60 for relationship counseling according to ability to pay.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available within 1 to 2 weeks including weekends and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|