Karen Alford, MBACP (Registered)
Hello and welcome. This may be a time in your life when you feel overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression or sadness. It 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 finding things difficult then finding the strength to ask for help may be your first step towards finding some resolution.
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.
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 between therapist and client is central to therapy.
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, low self esteem, self harm and substance misuse. Working with trauma is also a key element of my continued studies.
In addition to my individual practice I also provide support 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 collaboratively 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 have all required mandatory supervision and ongoing training.
I have successfully completed a variety of additional training courses, including substance misuse and recovery, compassion focussed therapy, disorganised sleep, D.I.D.,trauma work,relationship counselling, anger management, bereavement, attachment theory, eating disorders, safeguarding and self-harm.
As a previous NSFT volunteer and employee I value the adherence to client 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.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
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 and will allow time for us 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 value and respect the importance of finding the right counsellor for you and am happy to answer any questions you may have.