Karen Alford, MBACP (Registered)
There may be times in our lives when we feel an overwhelming anxiety, low self-esteem, depression or sadness. This may be evoked from a current or historic experience.You may be experiencing difficulties in a relationship. This may feel like a very lonely place where you feel misunderstood. I believe that recognising you are struggling and finding the strength to ask for help may be your first step towards finding some resolution.
My own experiences and healing have allowed me to value the importance of counselling. I believe that having the space to talk through your issues, to feel accepted and not judged can be invaluable.The relationship is central to therapy.
I am a qualified Integrative counsellor. This allows me to bring together a variety of therapeutic approaches, in order to assist you in working towards a positive outcome. Sometimes you may feel stuck or trapped in your situation and looking at change may be scary. I work to support and accompany you in this, at a pace you feel comfortable with.
I am experienced in working with people experiencing anxiety and depression. I also have considered experience in working with survivors of sexual and domestic abuse in childhood or adulthood, eating disorders, self harm, attachment and substance abuse.
I also practice in working with employee assisted programmes on a time limited basis.
I can offer you a relaxed, confidential and safe place to discuss your difficulties.I aspire to support you to gain some clarity on the issues which are causing you concern and to work towards a resolution.
You are welcome to contact me to make any enquiry without obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Person centred listening skills and theory.
Post graduate Certificate Person Centred Counselling, UEA.
HE Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Middlesex University.
Certificate in Couples Counselling.
As well as my private practice, I have worked for 3 charities providing counselling in Norwich for both individuals and couples. These all required mandatory supervision and ongoing training.
I have successfully completed a variety of additional training courses, including substance abuse and recovery, sleep issues, D.I.D.,trauma work,relationship counselling, bereavement, attachment, eating disorders, safeguarding and self-harm.
As a previous NSFT volunteer and employee I value the adherence to confidentiality.
As a registered member of the BACP, I am required to attend regular supervision and to record my continued professional learning.
I have a current DBS document.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fees are £45 per session. I can offer you an initial consultation at a reduced rate of £20. This may take up to 1 hour. You can use this time to talk in a confidential space about your reasons for accessing counselling.
For couples/relationship counselling, the fees are £60 for a session of 1 hour. I charge £30 for the initial session.
I appreciate the importance of finding the right counsellor for you and am happy to answer any questions you have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
10am until 5pm most weekdays. Evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|