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About me

I believe that all of us have the capacity to heal; but, sometimes, we need someone to sit alongside us as we do that. We might need help to find another perspective or  to understand more about the effect of the past on the present. Whatever you need, talking may help.

The environments we have lived, studied and worked in affect us in all sorts of ways and there are times when we need support to negotiate this, or a safe, calm space to help us make sense of it all.

I usually start with a pre-therapy session to give you chance to find out what it feels like working with me. After that, if you decide to continue, we will think about what you want to focus on and agree how many sessions you would like to attend. I offer short-term contracts (3-24 sessions) or longer-term if you prefer.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified to Masters' level and engage in regular CPD. Over the past three years my CPD activities have included the following topics: adolescence, body psychotherapy, death, domestic abuse, groups, loss, neurobiology, shame, short-term psychotherapy, suicide, trauma, working online and working outside.

I have a background in the arts and worked as a specialist 1:1 study skills tutor in the higher education field for 10 years, supporting students with adhd, anxiety, autism, cancer, chronic fatigue, depression, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy, fibromyalgia and low self-esteem. I currently work as a staff counsellor for Gloucestershire Counselling Service, a BACP-accredited provider based in Stroud.

Member organisations


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

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Loss
  • Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and ADHD

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Our pre-therapy session will last up to an hour and costs £30. If you decide to continue to work with me after this first meeting, sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £40. I have a cancellation policy, where I charge £20 when less than 48 hours notice is given. Payments are made by BACS.

Further information

Membership and Insurance
BACP: Individual, Registered
Dyslexia Guild: Associate
Towergate Professional Indemnity Insurance


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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 Unspecified


Usually 10 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday, working either by video or telephone.

Types of client



Karen Bateson MA, MBACP

Karen Bateson MA, MBACP