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Karen Bateson MA, MBACP

Portishead, BS20 07478 678080 07478 678080
Portishead, BS20
07478 678080 07478 678080

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. It helps because it can let us access and understand our emotions, identify hidden aspects of ourselves and create new ways of being. Research shows that being carefully listened to and understood supports change.

The environments we have lived, studied and worked in affect us in all sorts of ways. There are times when we need support to negotiate this, or a safe, calm space to help us make sense of it all. Our ability to reflect can be affected by early experiences, stress reactions, emotional overwhelm and individual difference. Increasing your capacity to reflect improves your ability to make change.

There is strength that comes from giving yourself time to think about who you are and what you might need. I can offer you a tranquil, safe space. There is release that comes from expressing what you really think and feel in a place where you are not judged or criticised. I can work with you to help you grow and develop your own capacity to heal.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications
MA Psychotherapy and Counselling - University of Leeds (2015-2018)
Dip HE (Open) inc. Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health - Open University (2008-2014)
PG Dip Visual and Verbal Representation in Britain (1840-1940) - University of Reading (1999)

Employment - 10 years
Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) - Staff Counsellor (2019-current)
University of the West of England (UWE) - Specialist SpLD Study Skills Tutor (2018-2019)
Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) - Associate Counsellor (2018-2019)
Bristol Mind - Volunteer Counsellor (2017-2018)
Oasis-Talk - Freelance Psycho-Educational Facilitator (2018)
Contact Associates - Specialist Mentor/Specialist SpLD Study Skills Support Tutor (2017-2018)
Cancer Support Yorkshire - Trainee Counsellor (2016-2017)
University of Bradford - Trainee Counsellor (2015-2016)
Clear Links - Specialist Mentor/Specialist SpLD Study Skills Support Tutor (2013-2017)
University of Worcester - Specialist SpLD Study Skills Support Tutor (2009-2013)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Online Therapy: How to make the transition to Working Online; Tavistock Relationships, Online [Apr 2020]
Short-term Psychotherapy; 3 days; GCS, Stroud [Jan-Feb 2020]
Secret Agent of Shame; 1 day; Gestalt Centre Wales, Chepstow [December 2019]
Working with the Body in Counselling and Psychotherapy; Margaret Landale; 1 day; GCS, Stroud [June 2019]
Suicide and Suicide Ideation; 1 day; BACP, Bristol [June 2019]
Let's Talk Groups: A Group-Analytic Approach; 1 day; GCS, Stroud [June 2019]
BACP Research Conference, 2 days; BACP, Belfast [May 2019]
Adolescence; Margot Waddell; 1 day; GCS, Stroud [May 2019]
Working effectively with Autistic University Students; 1 day; UWE [Jan 2019]
Trauma informed Practice; 1/2 day; Postive Minds, Bristol [Dec 2018]
Private Practice Conference - Loss; Webcast; BACP [Nov 2018]
The Science of Breaking Free from Domestic Abuse; 1 day; Sian Hill [Oct 2018]
BACP Research Conference, 2 days; BACP, London [May 2018]
25th Anniversary Conference: On Being Alive to Death; 1 day; The Harbour, Bristol [Oct 2017]
Child Sex Abuse: Hope for Healing; 1 day; PODS [Jun 2017]
Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals; 1 day; PODS [Jun 2017]
Trauma and the Body; Online; PODS [Jun 2017]

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

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

  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss

Therapies offered

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


Pre-therapy appointment
up to an hour, payment by BACS

Therapy appointment
50 minutes, payment by BACS

Cancellation fee
£20 - payable if you give less than 48 hours notice


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


I offer video sessions via Zoom, Whereby, Skype and VSee.

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