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Karen Alford, PG Cert, PG Dip,MBACP (Registered)

Norwich NR6 & NR2
07510 145409 07510 145409

About me

This may be a time in your life when you feel overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression or sadness, which might be evoked from current or past experiences. You may be experiencing difficulties in a relationship. This could feel like a very lonely place where you feel misunderstood. I believe that recognising you are finding things difficult and asking for help may be your first step towards finding ways of changing things for the better.

Sometimes you may feel stuck or trapped in your situation and need some direction to look at finding some understanding or resolution. I work to support and accompany you in this, at a pace you feel comfortable with.

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. The integrative approach takes the view that each person is unique.

Throughout my training I was required to have my own personal therapy. I truly believe that this is essential to become a safe and effective therapist. 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 counsellor and client is central to therapy.


I have considered experience in working with people experiencing anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, trauma, low self esteem, self harm and substance misuse.

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 clients to gain some clarity on the issues which are causing them concern and to work collaboratively towards healing from past experiences, learning new coping strategies and changing the way they think and the views they hold.

You are welcome to contact me to make any enquiry without obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

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.

Experience

As well as my private practice, I have worked for several charities as a counsellor. These include Sue Lambert Trust, Norfolk Recovery partnership and St Barnabas Counselling Centre. These have all required mandatory supervision and extensive training.

I also spent a year working for the Matthew Project which was a very rewarding experience.

I have successfully completed a variety of additional training courses, including substance misuse and recovery, compassion focussed therapy, disorganised sleep, 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 feel this is of immense value to my ongoing work with clients.

I have a current DBS document.

Member organisations

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.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees


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.

Norwich
Norfolk
NR6

Norwich
NR2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Ground level room available

Availability

10am until 5pm most weekdays. Evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Karen Alford, PG Cert, PG Dip,MBACP (Registered)

Karen Alford, PG Cert, PG Dip,MBACP (Registered)