Karen Ainsbury MSc, M Inst GA, EMDR levels 1, 2, 3 & 4, UKCP reg.

Karen Ainsbury MSc, M Inst GA, EMDR levels 1, 2, 3 & 4, UKCP reg.

The Coastal Practice
98 Broadway

07900 691 455

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About me

I am a group and individual psychotherapist specialising in stress-related issues, depression, anxiety and relationship problems working both 1-1 and in groups. I also offer short-term EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing), which is especially useful if you have suffered trauma or struggle with a phobia or specific anxiety.

Additionally, I provide clinical supervision to a wide range of wellbeing and health professionals including psychotherapists, counsellors, doctors, hospital teams, school staff and executive coaches.

I began my work in NHS outpatient psychotherapy settings and have been supervisor and consultant to organisations such as Barnados, The Children's Centre, Rape Crisis, Bereavement Care and other counselling/psychotherapy agencies and teams.

More recently I helped to develop and and now run New View, a group programme designed to support survivors of cancer. This is a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Care, Poole Hospital Trust and Lewis Manning Hospice and formed the basis of my MSc research.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • EMDR levels 1, 2, 3, 4 (2018)
  • MSc (dist.) Psycho-social studies (2017)
  • PG Dip Supervision (2011)
  • Group Analytic Psychotherapist (2005)
  • Dip Psychodynamic Counselling (1998)
  • UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor. Member of the Institute of Group Analysis.

    I am constantly looking to widen my experience and have done brief trainings in Mindfulness and Mentalization Based Therapy.

    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.

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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.

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
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Older adults

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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