Karen Boardman BA(Hons) MA(Hons) FdA MBACP
Hello, my name is Karen. I am a practising counsellor and psychotherapist in Betchworth, near Dorking and Reigate, and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed or low, perhaps counselling could help you. Counselling can help people to understand themselves better, alleviate distress and create a different future.
I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work with individual adults on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I am experienced in helping clients who have had difficulties with:
Feelings of Isolation
Lack of Meaning or Direction in Life
Self-Esteem and Confidence Issues
Appointments are available weekdays and evenings.
My practice is located in Betchworth (RH3), in the Mole Valley district of Surrey. It is easily accessible from Dorking, Leatherhead, Cobham, Fetcham, Bookham, Ashtead, Epsom, Guildford, Crawley, Horsham, Reigate and Redhill, and is a ten minute drive from Junction 9 of the M25.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work with a relational model which incorporates Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal elements. This integrative model enables me to respond sensitively and flexibly to the unique needs of each of my clients.
My aim is for us to build a counselling relationship which will uncover and explore the causes of any emotional concerns and difficulties that you are experiencing.
This may include looking at past events from your childhood, adolescence and adult years. Sometimes this may feel difficult. However, the unique responsiveness of the integrative model means that we can look at positive and creative ways of working together, so you can gain understanding and move forward in a fully supported and safe way.
FdA Counselling and Psychotherapy (Integrative) with Commendation, Greenwich University
BTEC Diploma Level 3 Developing Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
MA Hons History, Waikato University
BA Hons History and English, University of Kent
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am committed to ongoing professional and personal development, and have completed a number of additional courses to enhance my work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Sessions and Fees
How long are the sessions?
Your initial session will be for an hour. This gives us time to discuss your concerns, assess how we can best work together, and answer any questions you may have.
Following sessions are for 50 minutes, usually weekly.
How will I know if counselling is right for me, and what are the benefits?
Undertaking an initial assessment allows us to discuss your difficulties and see whether you feel a talking therapy would be helpful to you. You can talk freely and in confidence in an environment that is safe for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.
The benefits of counselling can be immediate and uplifting. The therapeutic relationship is a supportive and unique relationship where you will feel valued and respected.
Counselling can empower you to find inner resources that may have previously been supressed by difficult events in your life.
How much does it cost?
I charge £50 per session payable by cash or cheque. Some concessions are available and can be discussed at the initial appointment.
How many sessions do I need?
I offer long and short term counselling. The length of therapy can be discussed at your first session.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
I require at least 24hrs notice for which there will be no charge. Appointments cancelled with less notice will incur the full fee of £50. I will always endeavour to rearrange your appointment.
Are my sessions confidential?
Information is never disclosed without your permission. What we discuss is confidential, unless I feel there is risk of harm to yourself or another. Full disclosure rules as stipulated by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) will be discussed at your initial appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy where, with a qualified professional, you can safely explore your thoughts and feelings in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.
Some of us may be lucky enough to get crucial support from people around us. But sometimes it can feel inappropriate to discuss certain issues with friends and family. Or it could be that circumstances mean that a viable support network is less available to you.
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space where you can feel supported to talk about difficult and painful life events, past or present. In this way, counselling allows you to explore and release troubling feelings in order to move forward and acheive greater emotional well-being.
What conditions can it help?
Counselling can help a wide range of issues which may cause emotional disruption, including:
•Relationship Issues; Couples, Families, Social Interactions
•Panic Attacks, Phobias
•Anger & Anger Management
•Loss and Bereavement
•Childhood Trauma and Issues
•Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
•Work Related Issues
What benefits can be expected?
The counselling relationship lets you experience insight into your issues and how you deal with them, and empowers you to make changes in your life. Through supported exploration, you will achieve greater self-understanding. This will allow you to make new choices and liberate yourself from habitual and unhealthy emotional patterns.
Counselling empowers you to feel greater emotional strength, and the benefits can be life-changing and on-going.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client