Karen Harrison

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BACP Accred & EMDR Europe Accredited at The Therapy Quarters
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Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 & Stoke-on-Trent ST4
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About me

Hi, my name is Karen Harrison, I remember searching for the right person to see, just like you are doing now.  Scrolling through the many profiles on top of how you are feeling is probably something you could do without too. Trying to find the right Counsellor or Supervisor whether it’s your first time or not, can be a difficult step to make on its own but then add in making sure its the right person, and you then have another challenge on your hands. I wanted to find someone who wouldn't judge me, would understand me and treat me with respect whilst helping me to find a way out and gain answers to move forward. I aim to offer the same to all clients I work with.


During the COVID pandemic I have opened a new therapy centre to offer a safe space for clients and other practitioners to use with the aim of providing a secure confidential professional service.

'The Therapy Quarters' is based in a private courtyard, located in an Italian styled Militia Barracks which were built in red brick in 1855 for use by local King’s own Staffordshire Militia and the fire brigade. Historically the Barracks was also used by the Territorial Army and the Police Force. In  1925 the Trustees decide to use the buildings for the use of the population. You can learn more about its history from the following link: http://barrackstrust.org.uk/history.html

The Therapy Quarters is now able to offer face to face in person sessions for those clients who prefer this,  as well as offering remote sessions via such platforms as telephone or zoom.

If your anxieties or worries are linked to Covid 19, please contact me, it is quite normal for people to feel more anxious or fearful during such uncertain times, or to not understand why you are experiencing higher levels of anxiety.

I offer a free telephone consultation for up to 15 minutes.

The Therapy Quarters aims to provide a professional and confidential service to clients throughout Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. I also enjoy my work internationally offering counselling, trauma psychotherapy, EMDR and Supervision to clients and practitioners all over the world. My work over more than 20 years has been within charitable, public and private sectors. The experience gained throughout my career has also involved working with Emergency Blue Light services, Domestic Abuse services, and the NHS. I also taught for a number of years as a Counselling Lecturer in Staffordshire and worked providing training to external agencies and organisations.

My experience has and continues to produced effective results with clients within the following areas of therapy: Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Phobia's, Low Self-Confidence/Esteem, Relationships, Bereavement, Physical/Sexual Abuse, OCD, Domestic Violence, Addiction, Nutritional Advice,  Weight Loss and Weight Management, Supervision and Work-related Issues.

I aim to help you to live a happier and healthier life, so that you can achieve your goal. I work hard to establish a relationship where you feel respected, trusted and understood. I am fully qualified, Accredited and Insured, providing sessions in a COVID secure working environment at The Therapy Quarters and work within the framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also an Accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner.

I have continued my professional development throughout my career and attend regular supervision in line with the BACP guidelines.
Please note:
Its quite normal to feel unfamiliar with abbreviations and letters sometimes used when seeking a Counsellor.  In case you feel unfamiliar with the letters and abbreviations which are on my profile, 'BACP 'means British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: A governing body which provides counsellor's with a Framework to work within the guidelines of.  'Accred' means that a counsellor has achieved accreditation with the governing body and has been deemed to meet higher standards as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.  'EMDR' are letters used which stand for a form of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing.


Your GP.

Mental Health Access Team: 24 hr, 03001230907 press option 1.

Mental Health Helpline: Open 7pm/2am weekdays, 2pm/2am weekends/Bank Hol. Tel: 08088002234.

Samaritans: 24hrs,call free on 116123

Sane: 6pm/11pm Tel:08457678000.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.
  • EMDR Parts 1,2 and 3. (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
  • Enhance EMDR Practice Certificate - 6 CPD points.
  • Healing Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Ego State Therapy and EMDR - 6 CPD points.
  • Hypno Gastric Band Certificate Training.
  • Therapeutic Responses to the Covid 19 Virus.
  • Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist registered with the BACP( British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
  • Diploma in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
  • Diploma in Nutrition.
  • NLP Practitioner. ( Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Level 4 PTLLS Award. ( Preparing to Teach in the lifelong Learning Sector)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

EMDR Association UK (EMDR UK)


Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health

Additional information

£65 fee per session

Couples- £70 fee per session for couples / relationship counselling.

Supervision - £60 per hour.

Please contact me to discuss. Thank you.

When I work

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Please leave me a message if I am unable to answer due to being with a client. Please see below for urgent inquiries or crisis situations.

Further information


After having seen a few counsellors in the past I had become quite cynical about the process of counselling and whether it was ever really that much help, but when I met Karen a year or so ago was at a stage where I was at serious risk of falling apart due to issues around gender and self-esteem. 

I have seen her on a bi-monthly basis since then and it's difficult to understate how much help she has been in addressing the issues in my life that caused me so much trouble.  Karen's accepting and personable nature stands out in enabling me to speak about things that have laid hidden for many years.  She is also able to challenge me on my assumptions with such finesse that I don't even realise she has until later.  I usually leave the sessions feeling physically more relaxed from just the discussion and others have noted the changes in my mental state.

I would recommend Karen if you are looking for a counsellor, particularly so for issues related to gender. ANON November 2017


I spent many years seeing only the negative, worrying about situations and struggling to deal with what life had thrown at me - family relationships or lack of and the breakdown of a 10 year relationship with my childhood sweetheart.

As someone that has a great deal of control in her life, at home and at work it slowly started to dawn on me that I had no control emotionally. It was this realisation that was the toughest part of my story.

I needed to talk to someone who knows nothing about my life, someone with no attachment at all... that led me to counselling (for the first time) which in turn led me to Karen. With a huge amount of courage that took weeks to find, I took one step at a time whilst leaving myself in a position to walk away if at any point I wanted to.

First, contact Karen, a massive deal but I told myself it’s a simple email. Secondly, meet Karen purely to say hello and see what she was like. I left having not committed myself to anything but Karen was so welcoming, so thoughtful and so gentle I had to try one session with her.

I saw Karen for as many sessions as it took, and i will be eternally grateful to her for giving me the tools and ability to calm down, create some head space and ultimately find myself again.

The techniques Karen taught me I use when I need to no matter where I am, they are quick and discreet so no situation can get the better of me anymore. She helped me to see my worth which meant I could start making decisions based only on my thoughts and feelings instead of second guessing what others thought I should and would decide on.

Thanks to Karen I have the confidence to grip life with both hands and deal with what may be around the corner without getting stressed and panicked. Six months ago a casual meeting with a room full of directors would have terrified me, I’m not qualified like they are. Two weeks ago I walked in to that room to find it mostly full of suited men wearing black or blue who I’d never met before - i was wearing a striking orange suit jacket and a great pair of heals, I simply introduced myself and started to talk... Karen played a huge part in making that happen.

If there is anything I regret its not meeting Karen sooner, she is wonderful. I can be safe in the knowledge that if I ever needed her she is right there... no issue too big or too small, to Karen its as big to her as it is for you. ANON January 2018

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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