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Hi, my name is Karen Harrison, I remember searching for the right person to see, just like you are doing now.  Trying to find the right Counsellor or Supervisor whether it’s your first time or not, can be a difficult step to make, I looked for someone who wouldn't judge me, would understand me and treat me with respect. I aim to offer the same to all clients I work with.

NOW WORKING IN A COVID SECURE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND ABLE TO OFFER FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.

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.

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 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. I also work with trainee Counsellor's who attend from Keele, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton University. in addition to supervising practitioners overseas.  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 Management, Supervision and Work-related Issues.

I aim to help clients 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.

THE THERAPY QUARTERS IS NOT STAFFED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER A SERVICE 24/7.  IF YOUR NEEDS ARE OF AN URGENT NATURE OR YOU FEEL YOU ARE IN CRISIS, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

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

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

EMDR UK

EMDR Association UK

EMDR UK

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My work experience also includes specifically transgender and LGBTQIA issues.

During the pandemic of Covid 19 I am able to offer telephone, skype, whatsapp video, zoom or face-time sessions.

If your anxieties or worries are linked to Covid 19, please contact me.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

My fees are £45 per session for individual counselling/ psychotherapy.

EMDR Treatment £60 per session.

Couples- £65 per session couples relationship counselling.

I also offer concession fees for students and low income clients.

Availability

8 til 8 Mon,Tues. 8 til 5 Wed,Thur & Fri.Please leave me a message if I am unable to answer. Please see below for urgent inquiries or crisis situations.

Further information


CLIENT EXPERIENCES AND TESTIMONIALS:

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

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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
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Parking provided outside THE THERAPY QUARTERS main entrance.

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

In this type of work, I believe that without the 'right' Supervisor, our career's could well be shorter than we had initially hoped or planned and it could be a very different journey.

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Karen Harrison BACP Accredited & EMDR Europe Accredited at The Therapy Quarters

Karen Harrison BACP Accredited & EMDR Europe Accredited at The Therapy Quarters