About me

Hi I'm Karen, I have a BA (Hons) Counselling. I am an experienced Registered MBACP (Accred) Counsellor and a Stress Management Counsellor. My Private Practice is based in Esher.

I work with a broad spectrum of relationship issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, family issues, abuse, stress, low self esteem and confidence issues which are just a few of the areas I am experienced at working with. I provide a respectful, safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment for you to explore what is troubling you. We can work through life's challenges together. I am there to support and facilitate you to meet your individual needs and to enhance your wellbeing. We can explore how you can live in a more satisfying and resourceful way through Counselling, Stress management and Life Coaching Skills. Sometimes we may need an objective person to talk to. Counselling provides a unique space, where you can dedicate much needed time to yourself. Counselling and Coaching help raise awareness and choice, whilst gaining skills and strategies to support and enhance your wellbeing and life. I will assist you to unlock the answers that lie within you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling. (Greenwich University) 2015
  • Advanced Diploma in Professional Integrative Counselling (BACP Accred Course) 2004
  • Certificate in Stress Management and Performance Coaching (Centre for Coaching) 2005
  • Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching) 2005
  • Advanced Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counselling (Centre for Stress Management) 2007
  • Diploma in Stress Management (Centre for Stress Management) 2007
  • ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology, & Body-Massage
  • ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • Psychiatric Nurse Training/Qualified (RMN) (The Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital NHS) 1994
  • Certified Practitioner of NLP Coaching
  • Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Coaching
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Skills training
  • COSRT endorsed The Fundamentals of Working with Couples

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 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.

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

Negative Thinking, Verbal Abuse, Loss, Post Natal Depression, Assertiveness, Stress Management, Health Related Issues, Low Self Esteem, Confidence Issues, Self-Criticism, Fear, Shame, Attachment and Developmental Issues, Family Issues, Parenting Issues, Identity, General Counselling, Self-Development, Women's Issues, Transitions and Change, Relaxation Skills, Performance Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Life Coaching Skills


Additional information

Fees £50-£55 (per session) 50 minutes

£100 per 50 minutes for couples

£180 per 90 minutes for couples


Saturday clinic

Further information

Clients I work with, and how I deliver therapy

Adults 18yrs and above.


Short term/brief one to one work and longer term face to face work.

Integrative Counselling, CBT, Solution Focused, Stress Management, NLP and Coaching Skills.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Karen Alford

Karen Alford