Karen Black MBACP & Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC

Karen Black MBACP & Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC

Litchdon Street
EX32 8ND


07967 327917

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Litchdon Street
EX32 8ND


07967 327917

About me

Thank you for looking at my business profile.
Please don't suffer alone in silence any longer.

I offer a professional, warm and confidential counselling service in North Devon. My training is person centred and integrative which means that you are at the heart of everything we do. It allows us to focus on your current issues but have a glance back at what may have occurred in your past that is still impacting on you today, and to find ways together to help you create a brighter future.

You may notice that you are experiencing some signs of anxiety ,sadness, panic attacks, or that your mood has dropped and you wonder if you may be suffering from depression. Relationship issues may be a subject that you wish to explore. You are the expert on you. Whether you have something current that is affecting you, or you wish to engage in some longer term work, it' s your choice. We can discuss any goals, hopes or wishes you have and work towards you experiencing better mental health and a more fulfilling and happier life.

My hopes for you are that I will become dispensable! And that your quality of life will improve as a result of our work together. What happens in the middle of this is guided by your needs always bearing safety in mind.

I very much aim to create an environment and atmosphere where gender is respected and considered so I have a diverse range of male, female and lgbtq+ client's. I work hard to ensure that everyone is welcome.

My whole life's work over 30 years, training and experience enable me to offer you an authentic and responsive service. Working as a Metropolitan Police Officer, in addiction rehabilitation centre's and women's refuges has equipped me to work sensitively with a vast array of issues. I have also worked in family assessment centres, helping parents to change their lives around when they're on a final chance.

Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC
I also provide a service in North Devon for adult survivors of sexual abuse and rape , and their non offending family members. All adults are welcome.

Please contact me for further details or to refer yourself.

* Please ask if there are any current bursary spaces*

Training, qualifications & experience

CSCT Counselling Skills 1997
CSCT Counselling Theory 1998
CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB L6 Supervision 2015

Certificate in Couples and relationship counselling

Life Coaching Diploma

Training & CPD 2018

Training & CPD 2017

Christine Sanderson-Exploring power, anger, attachment and boundaries when working with sexual abuse. 

Long term & short term telephone counselling CPD

Babette Rothschild trauma training focusing on PTSD.

Groupwork training .British Psychological Society.

Training 2016
Male sexual abuse - escaping the prison of silence conference. Operation Emotion.
Shake It Off! Letting Go Of Shame, Sexual Confusion And Loneliness After Sexual Abuse” workshop by ' intothelight '. Kensington , London
Lifecentre Brighton . Annual conference. Sexual abuse and rape independent service providers. Delegate and speaker.
Healing from childhood trauma through the therapeutic relationship. Working with strong emotions
Aiming for excellence: LGBT & Mental healthcare skills
Trauma and the body ( PODS)
Suicide prevention (ASIST)
Prevent training (radicalisation)
ADDACTION NPS ( New Psychoactive Substances) conference at BMA.


Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC

Specialised service in sexual abuse and rape for adult survivors and their non offending family members.

Photos & videos

  • Survivors Alliance North Devon leaflet
  • Survivors Alliance North Devon leaflet


  • £40 hour for individuals
  • £50 hour for couples
  • Concessions - please ask.

My fee covers room hire, supervision, Bacp membership and insurance.

Low cost available - Please do not let finances be a barrier to accessing therapy. We can work out a way for you to receive counselling, whether that means you come less frequently or source a local free agency that suits your requirements. There is almost always something that we can make work.
Sometimes people welcome the opportunity to talk openly about finances. Often,like other parts of your life, spending may be spiralling out of control. It is frequently an interesting and helpful conversation to have. What are you willing to compromise on in the short term to have long term gain?

If you are a company that would like to retain me  for staff counselling or supervisory requirements then please contact me to negotiate a fee.

Maps & Directions

Barnstaple, EX32 8ND
Braunton, EX33

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Daytime appointments only.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Please call or email if you are looking for a qualified supervisor.

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