Karen Davison

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UKCP, MBACP Senior Accred., M. Guild of Psychotherapists
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Haddington, East Lothian, EH41
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a UKCP registered and BACP senior accredited psychotherapist and graduate  of the Guild of Psychotherapists, with extensive experience and knowledge of mental health, trauma, family, relationship and work place issues.

Committed to providing excellence in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling, I am trained & experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches, which allows me to think with you about your difficulties and issues from different perspectives & offer therapeutic interventions based on your individual needs & clinical evidence.

My services include:

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Counselling (including brief solution focused & integrative)
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Telephone counselling

Online psychotherapy & counselling
Trauma therapy
Training & Consultancy

People from all walks of life come to see me for many different reasons.

You may be seeking therapy or counselling because you have a problem or issue, whether current or in the past, which you need help in resolving and understanding.

You may have issues connected with relationships, work, mental or physical health, anxiety, depression, loss or bereavement, life changes, trauma or self esteem and identity.

You may be in crisis or you may simply wish to explore some aspect of your experience more deeply.

Whatever brings you to therapy, it is a positive  and courageous decision to invest in your future well being.

Psychotherapy, CBT and counselling are all shared undertakings which aim to make sense of your experience. I won't give you advice or tell you what to do; what I will provide is a safe and confidential space in which you can be heard,  explore and reflect on how you feel, think and live.

My role is to be a companion and facilitator in your exploration. Together we will work towards a deep understanding of your experience and the challenges you face, exploring how you relate to yourself and the people in your life, the choices that you make and the meanings that you ascribe to your world.

Therapy is an opportunity to reflect upon the decisions you are making and the possibilities which may lie ahead, to challenge your feelings and the assumptions you make and gain some clarity about where you are, where you want to be and how you are going to get there.

I understand that making contact with a professional for help can be anxiety provoking in itself. For this reason I will invite you to have a brief and sensitive telephone conversation before we meet. This provides the opportunity to identify your options without any obligation or commitment. Initial telephone consultations are free of charge.

We can then arrange an initial no-obligation appointment if you wish.  The initial session is an opportunity for us to discuss what brings you to counselling or therapy, what you’d like to get out of the sessions, and whether if feels right for us to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience


Full Member UKCP
Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists
Member of Council for Psychoanalysis & Jungian Analysis College
MBACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist
UKRCP Reg. Counsellor
MA (Warwick University)
BA Hons. (Essex University)
Advanced Cert. Education in Supervision of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (Birmingham University)
C.dip.OT (Dorset House, Oxford)

Additional training includes:

2 years training in group analysis (Inst. G. Analysis, London)
1 year training family therapy (City University, London) plus 20 years experience in couple counselling


I have over 25 years experience of working in psychological therapies (20 years within the NHS working in acute, rehab. & out patient psychology depts). Trained and experienced in working with individuals, couples, families and groups, I am comfortable working with a range of psychological, emotional, health, work and relationship issues.

I am skilled in assessment and the clinical management of vulnerable people, my professional responsibility having included 17 years as a senior clinician.

I have extensive experience of working with people following a range of traumatic incidents and have managed and provided psychological therapies following traumatic incidents in the UK and overseas.

As Counselling Services Manager for a leading employee assistance programme provider (1997 to 2005), I am skilled and experienced in working with workplace issues, including stress, workplace trauma and bullying and was regularly called upon by organisations to work with employees with a wide range of roles and responsibilities including senior management. Having managed teams of psychological practitioners with responsibility for a network of 800+ affiliate counsellor and psychologist network, I also have first hand experience of management.

In the summer of 2005, I moved exclusively into private practice and established Dovetail Partnerships which provided high quality bespoke training, consultancy and psychological services to clinical and other organisations including government agencies and the probation service.

In 2015 I moved to East Lothian to work exclusively in private practice and develop a new therapy programme; work which ensures that I am at the forefront of development within the psychological field.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety & panic disorders
Phobias (including health anxiety, social anxieties, agoraphobia, specific phobias)

Binge eating, bulimia
Couples counselling, family & relationship issues
Domestic abuse & violence
Sexual, emotional & physical abuse & neglect
Low self confidence & low self esteem
Post natal depression
Bullying & Harassment
Work related stress
Post traumatic Stress
Cancer & physical health issues & disabilities
Anger management
Sleep problems


£70.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

£70 per session for individuals

All sessions last 50 minutes.

In line with best practice some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and trauma therapy sessions are longer than 50 minutes. The fee for such sessions is calculated as a multiple of your normal fee. Arrangements for longer sessions are always made in advance and the rationale for them discussed with you.

For organisational rates please enquire.

When I work

Currently accepting new clients. Messages can be left in confidence on my confidential voice mail or email which I check at least once a day.

Further information

Additional Information about Karen Davison

Professionally accountable
Adhere to BACP & UKCP codes of ethics & practice
Seriously committed to ongoing professional development
Over 20 years experience as a supervisor
Recognised by Aviva, Complete Medical Services & other health care providers
Member of Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (eligible for regulated work with adults & children)
Registered for data protection

Consulting Suite in Haddington, East Lothian
Discrete, pleasant & easily accessible
The consulting suite is on the first floor, please feel free to call me to discuss mobilty and access arrangements

For more detailed information on the services offered, please go to my website at www.karendavison.co.uk or use the link above.

Haddington, East Lothian, EH41

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

My consulting suite is on the first floor accessed by a flight of stairs. If this poses a problem for you please contact me to discuss if sessions by telephone or via Zoom would be of help.

Online platforms



In person

Supervisory ExperienceI hold an advanced Certificate in Education in the supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists from Birmingham University and have over 20 years experience of supervising counsellors, psychologists and trainees who are trained in a number of different modalities, with varying degrees of experience.

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Karen Davison
Karen Davison