Karen Ainsbury MSc, M Inst GA, EMDR levels 1, 2, 3 & 4, UKCP reg.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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.
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.
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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.View supervision profile