Karen Doherty (Reframe Counselling)
WHO AM I?
I am an experienced Relationship, Couple and Psychosexual therapist trained at the TCCR in London.
At the heart of my work is a profound interest in the dynamics and complexities of relationships - those in the arena of work and career as well as the more personal family ties and sexual partnerships. We are social beings, thus the part that relationships play in our lives underpins the foundation of our individual wellbeing.
WHAT DO I DO?
In private practice between London and Brighton, I work within a psychodynamic framework and integrate behavioural and coaching techniques where required.
The help that I offer ranges from short term, goal orientated work, to a more classical, long term approach focused on a deeper and more personal exploration of either oneself or the couple.
My work covers the lifespan of our relationship issues.
Pre Marital Work -
With the changing face of our relationships making the chances of long term success of relationships difficult, it can sometimes be helpful for couples to think about the pre marital contract. The conversations around a shared value system , gender roles, career and child care decisions alongside the longterm financial implications of the marital status, can sometimes be helped by a trained third party. If these issues are aired at the very beginning it helps build a solid basis for the marriage rather one based on assumption.
During the lifespan of a relationship there are the milestones that can really benefit from a safe space to explore. Disconnection, parenting challenges, loss of sexual drives, affairs, illness, career stress are just some of the difficulties that couples face and they change the couple dynamic causing stress, crisis and difficulty. Having a trained person to talk these through with can make the difference between withdrawal, loneliness and disappointment to increased communication, reconnection and a rekindling of the relationship.
Sexual Difficulties -
Again the changing face of relationships is challenging attitudes to sex, fidelity and gender. Unite this with the stress of career and relationships and couples are looking at sex and its role in their relationships in an entirely different way. From sexual dysfunction to pornography, polyamoury vs affairs, loss of desire to cyber sex, there are new challenges to be faced. As a psychosexual therapist I hope to be able to help individuals and couples face, discuss and find ways to manage these new issues.
Divorce & Seperation -
It is sometimes highly effective to work with me before mediation and/or lawyers. Sometimes, these conversations provoke thought and perhaps a rethinking. However if not, when the emotional issues can be explored and contained before the work of practical separation is done, it can help a couple make the transition from their couple relationship to its new form.
Autistic Spectrum Conditions & ADHD.
Over the course of my practice I have developed an interest in how these conditions impact a couple dynamic. I now offer couples specific education and behavioural techniques to help understand and manage the difficulties that can rupture the relationships if not managed.
This work is highly specialised and I have learnt these skills from therapists based in the US where some of these conditions have been recognised longer than here in the UK.
Training, qualifications & experience
Member of COSRT (accred), BACP, UKCP.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Fees range from £80.00 - £195.00 per session. The fee structure is dependant on the specific issue and the location.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Within two weeks of initial contact
Types of client