Koren Harris, BSc (Hons) Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Registered MBACP
The Bay Therapy Centre
Riverside Natural Health Centre
Thank you for viewing my profile. It’s good you are taking steps towards getting some help or support for whatever is causing you to feel you need to speak to someone. Whether that someone is myself, or another counsellor, I am pleased you have taken the first step towards trying to change your current circumstances.
No one should have to struggle alone and I hope I can help you to see that ‘talking therapy’ is a great way to deal with many and varied difficulties we all face in one way or another.
Counselling can be beneficial for anyone who wants to explore the difficulties or disruptive thoughts, feelings or behaviours they experience, which they so far have not managed to solve by themselves or with others.
I genuinely believe that counselling, as a talking therapy, can be beneficial for anyone who needs to work through any problem, difficulty or vulnerability they may be experiencing.
Through my privileged position as a counsellor, I have developed a therapeutic relationship with individuals to talk through what is causing them discomfort. From feeling a bit worried to full blown anxiety; working out a minor problem to making a major life decision; dealing with difficult relationships, loss, grief or depression to various abuse, addiction or mental health problems. Whatever the issue, it will matter to me because it matters to you.
Counselling provides a space where we can focus on enabling you, the client, to find your own solutions based on the reality of your life.
What I Offer
Through counselling I will offer you a safe, welcoming space to be heard, where your doubts, fears, anxieties and vulnerabilities can be shared, acknowledged and respected in a confidential, empathic and supportive environment.
As a humanistic integrative counsellor, I see people as whole beings, consisting of mind, body, emotions and spirit and I choose to explore the whole of you as a person, focusing on understanding your life and experiencing from your unique viewpoint, without preconceived judgements and paying attention to the immediate here and now of your life in an empathic and respectful manner.
I offer both short term counselling to work through a specific issue or psychotherapy, a longer term therapy to allow the exploration of deeper issues.
Together we can explore how difficulties manifest themselves in the concrete details of your life. The issues that confront you take place within the wider context of the whole of your life, and it is from these details of daily life that we will look to draw resources, skills and strategies to help you find coping mechanisms.
My overall aim is to enable you to develop a deeper insight into yourself and, through the experience of the genuine relationship we develop, help you to find a new way to be in the world.
How Will Counselling Help?
It is the contact in relationship experiences we have from birth and in childhood, which primarily determine our development and how we relate to ourselves and others as adults.
The contact in relationship through counselling offers a greater insight into ourselves, and awareness of all the different aspects of what we are feeling and what is happening in us, thereby giving us more choices. This in turn allows us to feel more connected with ourselves and subsequently with other people.
Neuroscientific evidence suggests when we have contact with ourselves, and others, we have more resilience and therefore more efficacy in the world.
Finding the right counsellor is so important and I invite you to call and ask any questions to decide if you feel I might be the right counsellor for you.
If you feel I might be, we can arrange for you to come for an initial face to face consultation, where you are still under no obligation. This is where we can see how we are together and whether we both feel that we could develop an on-going therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy through The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Prior to this I volunteered as a counsellor and worked as a sessional counsellor at ChildLine.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, grief, depression, lack of confidence or self esteem, serious health issues, relationship issues - including abusive relationships, anger and loss. I have also worked with trauma and issues which have historical roots from childhood which continue to impact in adulthood.
Alongside my private practice, I have also undertaken volunteer counselling at The Carer's Federation and for a GP practice based in St. Ann's.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice. I am currently working towards BACP accreditation.
I attend regular supervision to ensure I work in an ethical and professional manner and continue with my own personal and professional development. I have experience of working with clients across the spectrum of diversity including culture, race, sexuality, disability and faith and am fully insured for working in counselling and psychotherapy.
I use Mindfulness practice on a personal level and am interested in integrating this into my therapeutic practice with clients who might like to explore this practice alongside their counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
A counselling session costs £40 per hour, paid in cash or by cheque at each session.
Please Note: I will require 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise I will charge you the full cost for your session.
I offer private and comfortable counselling rooms on Trent Bridge and Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford with car parking and close access to excellent bus services into Nottingham City Centre.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Late afternoon, early evening slots available Mondays and Tuesdays and daytime Fridays.
Types of client