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BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred) DCHyp MCCSHA

About me

I offer counselling on these and other issues:


I am continuing to do so during the Covid-19 outbreak, offering sessions via Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime.  I am counselling some health workers who have volunteered to work in wards dealing with Covid patients.

I conduct these and other therapies:


Walk & Talk - Despite some apprehension at the idea, the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of a glorious spring day in Holland Park and Karen's relaxed and empathic manner melted away any concerns I had and I found myself open and relaxed. My mind and soul felt at liberty to talk. (Client AS)

One-to-one - Karen was my last resort, having attended sessions with several other Counsellors. Unlike others, Karen's approach was not to just listen to me, but to give me the practical skills/techniques I needed to self-heal and overcome my anxieties. Her CD's were invaluable tools to help me manage my situation. I now look at life from a new and positive perspective. (Client SP)

All of us want to feel happy - to feel good about ourselves, our careers and our relationships. When we feel happy the world around us looks great and obstacles viewed as challenges we can overcome and it's easier to be disciplined in our thoughts and feelings and say "no" to that extra piece of cake or cigarette. We feel more resilient to withstand the criticism of others whether at home or at work.

Sadly, unhappiness affects not only our perception of ourselves but also all those things and relationships which once brought us happiness. Now these represent pain and despair and we may feel anxious and unable to cope. Some may even sink into depression and use alcohol or food to mask our feelings.

Whichever the source of our unhappiness recognising that we need help and asking for it is never easy, let alone when we feel at a low ebb and emotionally vulnerable.

Sometimes we can resolve the problems ourselves, but there are times when we need the professional help of a counsellor - free from judgment - to help us overcome our problem.

Choosing the right counsellor is not easy, but experience and qualifications go along away to reassure that we are making the right choice. See my 'Training & Qualifications' below.

No one is in control of your happiness but you. You have the power to change anything that you want to change and I am able to help you do that.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor accredited by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with over 19 years' experience in both short and long-term counselling and in both one-to-one and couples counselling.

My philosophy is that each person is unique and deserves individual and specific attention.

I have a BA (Hons) and Diploma in Person-Centered Counselling

Practioners Certification in:
Clinical & Strategic Hypnosis (Advanced)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
Trained and worked at CRUSE Bereavement Care.


British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
The British Institute of Hypnotherapy

The British Clinical and Strategic Hypnosis Association

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.

Accredited register membership

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

Areas of counselling I deal with


From £60.00 to £75.00

Additional information

My counselling & clinical hypnotherapy consultations are of 50 minutes duration and fees are:

Consultation & Counselling:
£75 - 7am to 8pm at NW3

£60 at SW6

Clinical Hypnotherapy (single session rates):
£75 - 7am to 6pm

£100 after 6pm

Cessation Hypnotherapy:
7am to 8pm inc. - 2 consultations within 4 weeks + audio CD inc. - Smoking, Weightloss, Insomnia, Anxiety, Phobias, Addictions/Habits & Self-esteem.

£60 - Skype/Telephone counselling and Walk & Talk

Cancellation requires 72 hours notification or the full fee is due and payable.

BUPA Provider No: 30009354 7am to 8pm inc.

WPA Provider No: 920/270/630

Other medical insurance on request.

When I work

Weekdays from 7:00 am and some weekends

Further information

My London counselling rooms are at the following clinics:

Alder Lodge
73 Stevenage Road

Doctor Today Clinic
Swiss Cottage
182 Finchley Road

Karen Richardson is also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

During the Covid outbreak I am offering online counselling to all at reduced rates