Karin Riseborough MBACP, Dip, BA hons, Cert


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About me

I feel strongly that it is the therapeutic relationship that is at the heart of change, so my aim from the outset will be to work with you towards establishing a good therapeutic relationship so that we can work towards change together. I consider myself to be sensitive to the subtle changes I see in my clients, and I believe it is the reflecting back of and acknowledgment of these changes that that contributes towards positive changes outside therapy sessions. Many of my clients have come into counselling with a feeling of isolation that comes with depression.They have often described having a feeling of being in a deep, dark hole from which they cannot escape. Depression has many root causes, but I believe that at the core of most depressive states lies a powerlessness to solve problems, problems that may or may not be remembered. To give an example, problems in relationships can often stem from basing relationships on judgements of what we expect others to be or solely on what we need from others. This in turn can lead to anxiety, fear and depression. Understanding other people is a skill we learn in infancy. If for some reason or another this skill is not learned we may not develop our understanding enough for the creation of satisfying relationships. Counselling can be a place for discovering ways of observing and assessing other people's behaviour. Some clients have come to me with the view that an unhappy past cannot be changed. It is true that facts cannot be changed, but we can come give a whole new meaning and notice things we may not have noticed before. For example, an unhappy memory may come to lose some of its power when it is understood in its context.

The initial session is a time to discuss your aims and motivations.  If there is some confusion about what you want to get out of your sessions with me, we can work through this confusion with a focus on clarity of experience.

My experience in a counselling setting has included working with clients with relationship issues particularly in relation to maintaining relationships and/or social phobia, clients suffering from bereavement issues and clients who are seeking know themselves better whether this involves issues of relating to others, searching for meaning or identity issues.

Past experiences as well your experiences in the here and now will be of equal importance in your sessions with me. Furthermore, I firmly believe in the importance of creating a space where the fulfilment of our highest potentials as human beings can begin to be realised. I have a firm belief that in the right conditions everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life. Everyone matters. This sounds like a cliché, but I really believe this.

My training is based on an integrative model which integrates humanistic, analytic and transpersonal perspectives. I have also been trained in the Jungian approach, which means I may sometimes ask if you wish to work creatively in relation to your dreams and fantasies.

My experience has mainly involved working with clients with the following issues:

* attachment disorder
* depression
* anxiety/social anxiety
* ante/post - natal depression
* trauma
* existential crisis
* abuse
* relationship issues
* personal growth
* bereavement
* sexuality
* identity issues
* asperger syndrome

Within the field of psychiatry my experience has mainly centred on working with women suffering from post/ante natal depression on a mother and baby unit, clients with generalised anxiety disorder, clients with depression and clients with bipolar disorder. I also have extensive experience in working with clients with attachment disorder, those with low self-esteem and those with Asperger syndrome.

My work is supervised by a professional supervisor, and my work with you will take place in well maintained and beautifully decorated therapy rooms in central London.

Training, qualifications & experience

* Integrative counselling (Dip. Reg. BACP)

* Psycho-dynamic counselling skills (Cert.)

* Sociology and psycho-social studies (BA hons)

My work experience has been both in the field of psychiatry (for the most part in a well respected mother and baby unit) and in a counselling centre. I have worked in the mental health services for several years.

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50 minute counselling session: Sliding scale depending on income.

Concessions available.

Maps & Directions

London, EC1V

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekdays, evenings, Saturday morning.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults