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BA (Hons) Counselling, Reg MBACP (Accred) Counsellor

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

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BACP

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Fees

Additional information

Fees £50-£55 (per session) 50 minutes

£100 per 50 minutes for couples

£180 per 90 minutes for couples

When I work

Saturday clinic

Further information

Clients I work with, and how I deliver therapy

Adults 18yrs and above.

Couples

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.

Cobham, Surrey, KT11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Couples