Karen Hodgson UKCP/MBACP Psychotherapist EMDR Consultant

Karen Hodgson UKCP/MBACP Psychotherapist EMDR Consultant

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West Garth
CA10 3BJ

0759 5509 053

About me

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I am a highly qualified Counselling Psychotherapist practicing for almost two decades.

I offer a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

My experience to date has encompassed the broadest range of presenting issues.

What psychotherapeutic approaches do I offer?

Starting off as a Person Centred therapist, over time I have grown and developed by training and qualifying in a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to meet your treatment goals. These interventions include:-

  • EMDR
  • Brainspotting
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Marital/Relational Therapy
  • Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Mindfulness/CBT

Who am I trained to work with?

I have undertaken specialised training to work with individuals and couples face to face and online.

Do I work online?

I do offer online therapy. If this mode of therapy appeals to you, I would ask you to contact me to ascertain whether online therapy would be appropriate for you.

What issues do I regularly deal with?

I regularly facilitate a wide range of issues. Although not exhaustive, these include:-

  • Self defective beliefs and low confidence:- poor self image, low self esteem, thinking yourself not to be not good enough, not worthy enough, not acceptable or likeable enough. Low self confidence, difficulties forming relationship, making/sustaining intimate relationships, thinking yourself to be a failure/disappointment or needing to be perfect.
  • Relationship issues:- relationship issues, including affairs, betrayals of trust, communication difficulties, relationship breakdown or threats to leave the other; a general feeling of dissatisfaction or a lack of safety within the relationship, loss of spark/libido or other difficulties within the sexual/intimate part of your relationship.
  • Loss:- miscarriages, infertility, adoption, death of a parent, child, spouse or any person closely connected to you. Grief and loss, multiple loss or delayed grief. Loss of identity. Loss of concentration. Mid life crisis, phase of life and ageing. Not feeling safe enough. Difficulties in letting go. Feeling stuck, unable to move forward in your life, procrastination.
  • Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):- such as avoidance of thinking about or going to the place that reminds you of the traumatic event, phobic reactions, social withdrawal, hyper-vigilance, significant disturbed sleep or disturbing dreams, self medicating to alleviate emotional pain or other disturbances. These symptoms may prolong after certain situations have occurred, such as a violent assault, a robbery, a road traffic accident, surgical trauma, rape, prolonged sexual or physical abuse including childhood abuse or neglect. This may cause you to experience symptoms of trauma, or you have already have a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD). You may experience strong emotions such as distress, fear, anger, sadness, isolation, loss of concentration.
  • Low mood/Depression and anxiety:- guilt, anxiety, general feeling of unhappiness, feeling alone or lonely, emotional distress, loss of direction, anger related issues, performance anxiety, phobias, loss of meaning in life/general feeling of emptiness and in search for more spiritual enlightenment, difficulties in trusting others or your own judgement or struggles in developing or maintaining meaningful relationship.
  • Psycho-Sexual issues:- having ruled of physiological causes with your GP, the origins of psycho-sexual issues are usually psychological rather than physiological and may include anxiety around your sexual performance, perhaps causing difficulties in gaining or sustaining an erection. Avoiding sex with your partner, causing problems in your relationship, or feeling sexually inhibited or experiencing a loss of desire or interest in sex, or perceiving sex as dirty or shameful.
  • Sports injuries/sports performance:- to enhance your sporting performance, working with sporting professions and those who want to improve their confidence in sporting events or overcome the trauma of past injuries.

Who am I accredited with?

I am accredited with the EMDR UK & Ireland as an Eye Movement Densentisisation & Reprocessing Europe Consultant. This means that I have additional training and experience to undertake the tasks of consultation or supervision of EMDR practitioners with a key responsibility of maintaining quality assurance and high standards of practice in EMDR.

I adhere to the EMDR UK & Ireland Code of Ethics.

I am a Registrant of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists. This means I have been trained to a UKCP recognised standard and competence to practice to the standards of counselling Psychotherapy.

I adhere to the UKCP Code of Ethics.

I am also a Registrant of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics.

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences that somehow have got stuck over time.

EMDR psychotherapy is based on an Adaptive Information Processing model which suggests that much of our psychopathology is due to maladaptive encoding and/or the incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences.

The brain's information processing systems naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy, EMDR clinicians help clients to activate their natural capacity towards healing, working towards the integration of negative experiences towards a more adaptive manner.

The theory behind EMDR therapy is that it appears to directly affect the brain, unfreezing the traumatic memories, allowing you to resolve them. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting or disturbing.

Over time, this technique has become a very significant part of my work with clients, although not exclusive.

EMDR is increasingly being used to alleviate distress for many types of disturbing memories including, depression, anger, performance anxiety and bullying.
Here is a link from the EMDR UK & Ireland website (http://emdrassociation.org.uk/research/) regarding a woman engaged in EMDR therapy revisiting her intense experience of being bullied. It is featured on Radio Four.

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a brain based psychotherapy approach that uses our field of vision to find not only where our brain is holding trauma, but also to locate the negative experience in our brain. In brainspotting it is assumed that wherever we look affects the way we feel because when we look in different places we feel differently. If a person is thinking about a problem and is looking to the left, or looking to the right, or up or down, in one spot they will feel more activation and in another spot they will feel less. A brain spot is the location where we feel the most activation. When focusing at this exact pinpoint area whilst mindfully observing what goes on inside, processing then takes place. The brain will find where the activation or disturbance is held in the system and will start to unwind it until it really gets to a point of resolution over time.

A brainspot is a point in your field of vision that correlates with whatever problem has brought you into therapy. It correlate with whatever you are holding in your brain. When you are looking out of that spot in your field of vision, you are also looking in at that spot in your brain.

Like EMDR, Brainspotting consciously allows us to access the deeper layers of the brain where implicit, and often forgotten memories, emotions and sensations reside. Both EMDR and Brainspotting attempt to help reprocess negative events and retrain emotional reactions. EMDR is the older of the two therapies and been more intensely studied so far.

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy grew out of the practices of Sigmund Freud and commonly holds that our childhood history shapes our personality. It is a form of psychoanalysis which attempts to uncover unconscious thoughts or desires that are affecting mood and behaviour as well as explore a whole range of conscious self limiting emotions and beliefs. It is often used to help overcome symptoms of depression or mood disorders. In a report covered in the American Psychologist in 2010 which looked at studies on psycho-dynamic therapy and depression, it showed that not only is this therapy as effective as other evidence based therapies such as CBT, yet had longer lasting benefits.

Psychodynamic therapy fits well with my overall approach working with clients, especially when collecting history to formulate a treatment plan.

What is Person-Centred Therapy

This approach lies at the core of how I endeavour to interact and attune with my clients.

The prime purpose is to promote personal growth through offering you a safe and non threatening environment that is accepting, empathic, yet congruent enough to help you grow.

What is Couple Counselling/Marital Relationship Therapy?

Whether you are married, single, cohabiting, Hetrosexual or LGBT, I endeavour to offer a caring and supportive environment to help you work through struggles in communication and facilitate the resolution of a wide range of problems within intimate relationships. Marital therapy is a relatively short term structured approach which involves insight orientated, cognitive behavioural and solution focused approaches. The dynamics of couple therapy are often more complex than individual therapy. As such, the skills of a trained couple therapist are, I feel, imperative to help you better deal with a complex range dynamics which present themselves during the course of couples therapy.

I have undergone specialist couple therapy training with Relate between 1999-2004 and have a Relate Certificate in Marital and Relationship Therapy

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

Solution Focused Therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems and is goal orientated. It focuses on what is possible and changeable. This therapy can be useful for clients who are goal oriented and looking to change a particular aspect of their life. It is an approach I often use when contracting to work short term.

What is Psycho-Sexual Therapy?

Usually you will have ruled out with your GP or medical consultant any physiological reason for your current sexual issue.

Psycho-sexual symptoms commonly derive from psychological or cultural origins. They may arise due to a guilty conscience, fear, stress, worry, depression, emotional/mental trauma, conflicts between religious or family values expectations or poor early sex education. Many of these things and more can cause confusion and shame, sometimes leaving you feeling as if sex is dirty. Difficulties in your relationships, including power struggles, control issues and unresolved anger can also manifest into sexually related issues.

What is Hypno-Psychotherapy?

This is a form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis. Hypnotherapy can be used alone as a form of relaxation, or it may be integrated with other forms of psychological schools of thought. Hypno-psychotherapists like myself are trained to deal with more complex psychological, emotional or physical conditions, including habit disorders or personal or social inhibitions or conditions that are limiting your quality of life.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Mindfulness

Other techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique and Mindfulness are blended into my practice as and when needed.

EFT is an intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine which involve tapping various meridian points on the body. It is based on the principles of acupuncture and energy medicine.

Mindfulness is a psychological process of bringing your attention to what is happening in the present moment.

It can be easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living in our head. We can get caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour. The theory behind Mindfulness is to reconnect our bodies and sensations they experience. Through the use of attuning to all of our senses in the moment and becoming more awareness of our thoughts and emotions, we can see ourselves more clearly in the present moment.

What is my overall aim when working with you?

My aim is to provide a confidential space for you to explore your presenting issues, offering a therapeutic and attuned relationship which has warmth, depth, safety, compassion, calm, impartiality and fidelity.

I recognise there can be no change without challenge, so at times appropriate challenge is applied where necessary to help you gain greater insight into yourself and move forward towards improved mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. I offer a holistic approach which focuses on the connection of both the mind and body.

Where do I work from?

I primarily work from a consulting room based in Eccleston, Chorley. The room has a warm ambiance, is airy with lots of natural light. It has easy access upon entry.
I do not offer home visits.

What other therapeutic settings have I worked in?

Previously I worked for Relate Relationship Support Service, a University Student Service, a Well Women's Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care and the Prison Service.

What other psychotherapeutic services do I offer?

I offer general supervision and EMDR supervision to counselling practitioners who are trained or in training.
I offer professional support to facilitators on prisoner rehabilitation programmes within the Prison Service. I work with Employment Assistance Programmes, Insurance Companies, Private Health organisations, Solicitors, HfR and Occupational Health.

How much supervision do I personally engage in?

It is an ethical requirement to engage in regular supervision to ensure that high quality of standards are being maintained. I have monthly supervision with three different supervisors to monitor my work within the different theoretical orientations I offer.

Life before therapy, what else have I done before training as a therapist?

Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in Education as a Lectuer in both Further & Higher Education within the Departments of Business Studies, and Sport, Leisure & Tourism Management.

What are my interests?

My interests and hobbies include walking/hiking in Scotland and the Lake District, travelling especially around cities. I enjoy different cultures and languages and especially practising my pigeon french, reading non fiction, swimming, skiing, yoga and mindful meditation.

I have walked the three peaks and completed six marathons.

In the past I was into marital arts, Karate and Tae Won Do.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Parts 1 & 2 Brainspotting (BSPUK, 2017/2018)
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant (2016)
  • Certificate of Proficiency awarded by the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2013)
  • Accredited member of the EMDR Association, (UK, & Ireland, 2012)
  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, (EMDR Europe/Ireland, 2011)
  • Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP, 2009) (Hypno/Psychotherapy Section)
  • Audited and audit approved by the UKCP (April 2010)
  • Advanced Diploma in Hypno/Psychotherapy, (ADHP) awarded by the National Council for Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (NCHP, 2009) after completing (with distinction) a Dissertation on Pain Management using Hypnosis, leading to UKCP Registration
  • onlinecounsellors.co.uk (online counselling training), (2006)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hypno/ Psychotherapy, Centra Training (2004)
  • Certificate in Basic Sexual and Relationship Therapy, UCLAN (2004)
  • Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory and Practice, RELATE  (2003)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Accredited Counsellor (Chorley & S. Ribble) (2003)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor (Chorley & S. Ribble) (2002)
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision, PCCS awarded by ABC (2002)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies, UCLAN (2001)
  • Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Wigan & Leigh College, Centra (1999)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, Open University, (2004)
  • Masters Degree in Education, Open University, (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, UCLAN (1990)
  • Certificate in Education (FE, Business Studies) Bolton University (1988)
  • HNC Business Studies Bolton University, (1986)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies Bolton College (1984)

  • Effective Anger Management, (Harrogate, 2009)
  • Understanding Identity, Exploring Differences and Challenging
    Prejudice, (Harrogate, 2009)
  • Nurturing Young People's Mental Health through the Counselling
    Relationship, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Exploring Creative Ways of Building on Young People's Resillience, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Exploring Trauma Faced by Young People, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Good Practice in Counselling Assessment, (Oldham, 2009)
  • EMDR Accredited Practitioner, EMDR extra 18 hours (York, 2010, 2011)
  • Living with Dissociation. PODS workshop. 6 hours (Leeds, 2011)
  • Understanding and Working with Self-Harm. A psychotherapeutic Approach. 6 hours  (York, 2011)
  • 3rd EMDR Autumn Workshops & Conference. 6 hours (Durham, 2011)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques Tania A Prince Associates (EFT) 12 hours Levels I & II (Manchester, 2011)
  • Body Image Disturbance in Eating Disorders & the Application of EMDR in Treatment. Pam Virdi. 6 hours.  (Birmingham, 2011)
  • Dissociation, Trauma and Time-Travelling or Living and Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder 6 hours (Preston 2011)
  • EMDR Accreditation Group 24 hours (Chorley, 2010)
  • Hypnosis for Easybirthing (Manchester, 2012)
  • Mindfulness 6 hours (2012)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours. (Kendal, 2012)
  • EMDR & Veterans Skills Master Class, The Northern Centre Mindfulness, 6 hours (York, 2013)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours (Kendal, 2013)
  • Introductory Mindfulness Practitioner Foundation Course 6 hours (York, 2014)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours (Kendal, 2014)
  • Sex Offending - Sex addiction Pips North West 12 hours (Manchester, 2014)
  • Neuroscience and Psychodynamic Theory Webinar nscience 3 hours (2015)
  • Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from an attachment  Perspective. nscience 12 hours. (London, 2015)
  • EMDR & Psychosis Conference. Lancashire Care Foundation Trust. 6 hours (Lancaster, 2015)
  • EMDR for Perinatal Trauma, OCD and Morbid Jealousy Workshop. North West EMDR Regional Group UK. 6 hours (Bristol, 2015)
  • EMDR Conference 6 hours (York, 2015)
  • EMDR Uk & Ireland Consultancy Training 27 hours (London 2016)
  • EMDR Conference 6 hours (Newcastle, 2016)
  • nScience PTSD Therapeutic Options & Considerations 7 hours (London, 2016)
  • Working with perfectionism with Windy Dryden 2 hours (2016)
  • EMDR and Depression 3 hours (Birmingham, 2016)
  • EMDR for people with Aspergers 3 hours (Birmingham, 2016)
  • EMDR Workshop Blind to Therapist Protocol 6 hours (Birmingham, 2017)
  • LCCH Weight Control for the 21st Century, 5.5 hours (Bristol, 2017)
  • EMDR Europe Conference, "The Psychotherapy of the 21st Century 14 hours (Barcelona, Spain 2017). Seminars included: child abuse, brain development and psychotherapy. Treating complex PTSD. Complex trauma, attachment and dissocation using EMDR with children with pervasive emotional dysregulation, healing attachment wounds and the relationship between dissociation and psychosis.
  • Brainspotting Humanitarian Training, Phase one. 3 days, 24 hours (Manchester, 2017).
  • Working with the body in EMDR therapy, 6 hours, (Birmingham, 2017).
  • Brainspotting Phase Two. 2 days, 16 hours, (Manchester, 2018).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self harm/injury
Ageing and mid-life crisis and life transitions.
Separation/Divorce and impact on family system
Work/Home life balance
Family conflict
Self-image/identity issues
Confusion around sexual orientation
Raising low mood.
Domestic Abuse
Redundancy issues
Counselling for the elderly.


  • Performance anxiety
  • Presentation anxiety
  • IBS
  • Weight loss
  • Pain management
  • Confidence building
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Fears and phobias


loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
car accident
work accident
natural disaster
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes
performance anxiety
stage fright
anxiety or panic
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping


  • Prior to commencing your therapy sessions you are asked to attend for an initial consultation. For individual psychotherapy/couples therapy face to face sessions, irrespective of the therapeutic approach, the cost is £80.00 for a 60 mins session.
  • The same cost applies if you decide to book further sessions after your initial consultation.
  • For online counselling live Skype/Zoom please email me for terms and conditions and costs for working online.
  • For EMDR Supervision please email for costs and availability details.


    In the event of all cancellation including your initial consultation you will need to give me 48 hours notice otherwise this will incur the FULL cost even if you re-schedule your appointment. All cancellations need to be made during a working week mon-fri 9 a.m. to 5 pm Mon- Fri (excluding bank holidays) I usually ask you to pay for the late cancellation prior to your next appointment by forwarding a request for payment via Paypal. You do not need to have a Paypal account to pay via this payment method.
    I adhere to a strict code of ethics. The information you provide during the session(s) will remain confidential, unless in certain rare circumstances where there is concern for your safety or that of others. If you have paid for a session in advance and cancel with more than 48 hours notice 9 am to 5 pm mon-fri (excluding bank holidays), your will be fully refunded.

    Payment can be made via:-
  • Bank transfer
  • Paypal (please send an email to karen@just4therapy.com to ask for a request for payment
  • Google (please send an email to karen@just4therapy.com to ask for a request for payment
  • Cash

Further information

More information on EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapeutic procedure that originated during the '80's in the United States, designed to treat traumatic or dysfunctional memories and experiences, and their psychological consequences. In addition, it is now used for a variety of symptoms including bullying, harassment, accidents, victimisations, grief, anxiety, panic disorders, pain, sexual dysfunction and a wide range of experientially based disorders. It is a recommended treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, (NICE).

EMDR may be used as a stand alone treatment by itself, and/or or as an adjunctive therapy alongside "talking therapy" and/or hypnosis.

One unusual element in EMDR is bilateral stimulation, usually in the form of eye movements, or bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation. There is a great deal of evidence that bilateral stimulation speeds up the reprocessing of disturbing emotional or traumatic material, and at the same time helps you, the client, feel safer in making contact with traumatic material.  A number of replicated research trials have demonstrated that eye movements reduce the vividness of emotional and traumatic imagery. It is believed that the eye movements induced in EMDR, mirror the natural eye movement process that occurs in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep, during which information is processed naturally.

An EMDR therapist should always firstly carry out a careful psychological assessment of whether EMDR would be suitable for the problem (s) presented, and will elicit a memory representing the problem. You will be asked for a picture that represents the memory, a negative belief that you have about yourself in relation to the memory, and to notice associated physical sensations. Thereafter, a number of sets of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation are commenced, and after each set of eye movements the therapist will ask you what you have noticed. Typically, the images, emotions, and sensations experienced change through this process. At some point these changes become more positive and adaptive as you reprocess old dysfunctional information and connect with presently held adaptive and functional information. The aim is always to enable you to recollect the original traumatic material without disturbance and to have new and more adaptive beliefs about themselves in relation to the experience.

With "simple" or "one off" small "t" traumas EMDR can be remarkably rapid in its effects. More "complex" big "T" trauma, and/or multiple trauma treatment can take much longer.

Many insurance providers that cover standard counselling & psychotherapy, also cover EMDR services. Please contact your insurance carrier for further information.

Maps & Directions

Chorley, PR7
Penrith, CA10 3BJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Chorley:- Tues, Wed & Thurs 9 am to 6.30 pm. Morland near Penrith: Mondays morning only 9 am up until 1 pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer EMDR supervision and supervision for integrative orientations which reflect my approach as a therapist.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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