Karen Ainsbury M Inst GA, UKCP reg

Karen Ainsbury M Inst GA, UKCP reg

The Coastal Practice
98 Broadway

07900 691 455

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The Coastal Practice
98 Broadway

07900 691 455

About me

I am a group and individual psychotherapist specialising in stress-related issues, depression and anxiety, relationship problems. As well as offering individual therapy and group analytic therapy, I also run personal development groups.

If you decide you would like to work in a group setting, I will always meet with you individually first to work out the issue you would like to explore and which approach would suit you best.

I work in private practice in Bournemouth and have experience in NHS outpatient psychotherapy settings.  I am also supervisor and consultant to organisations such as Barnados, Rape Crisis, Bereavement Care and other counselling/psychotherapy agencies and teams.

More recently I have helped to develop and run the New View programme for survivors of cancer. This is a joint venture between Lewis Manning Hospice, Poole Hospital Trust & Macmillan Cancer Care

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (1998)
Group Analytic Psychotherapist (2005)
PG Dip Supervision (2011)
Member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
UKCP registered.

I am constantly looking to widen my experience and have done brief trainings in Mindfulness and Mentalization Based Therapy. I am currently undertaking a research Masters at University of West of England.

I am also director of Word of Mouth Ltd, a consultancy and training company which helps people improve their personal and inter-personal communication skills.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I run personal development groups for people interested in exploring group dynamics and how unconscious processes affect groups and the individuals in them.

As an organisational consultant, I also work with teams and staff groups.


Fees can be negotiated at our first meeting. They will also vary depending on whether you are seeking individual or group work

Further information

I generally offer six sessions - an initial meeting, plus 5 follow-ups. On some occasions just one assessment plus follow-up may be all that is needed, while longer-term, deep-lying issues are likely to take longer. All details will be discussed fully at your first meeting.

Maps & Directions

Bournemouth, BH6 4EH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Supervision & training

I believe supervision is key to the wellbeing of practioners as well as offering a space in which to develop and be thoughtful, reflective and safe in our work.

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