Karen Bolton

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Dip.Couns Reg.BACP BSc (Psy)
Available for new clients
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Chigwell, Essex, IG7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer online sessions via Zoom

Your first step

Reaching out for help when you are feeling low, lost or under pressure can be the hardest thing. Take a breath and recognise that by reading this profile you have taken the first step towards gaining a greater understanding of your past and present and to finding more positive ways to face your future.

What I can offer

By choosing to work with me, you will be offered an open and welcoming space in which we will build a relationship based on acceptance, respect and exploration; together we will talk through the challenges and difficulties you may be facing.

I value the uniqueness of each individual experience and will tailor my approach to meet you where you are in your life – working with you so that you no longer feel stuck, unhappy or alone, reducing your anxiety, stress or depression and finding ways to make positive changes that improve your self-acceptance, self-esteem and personal confidence.

I have experience working with people who are neurodivergent, adapting my practice to ensure the specific needs of autism and ADHD are met within the counselling sessions. 

My background

I have over six years experience supporting people to look more closely at concerns about their current situation, addressing difficult past experiences and gaining positive ways to manage their future thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

As a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, I work within ethical guidelines and legal requirements to ensure we will work together in a safe and confidential relationship.

I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and attend regular supervision in line with requirements. I hold public liability & professional indemnity insurance and have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. I am registered with the ICO for data protection.

Your next step

Please contact me by phone (including What’s App), text or email to discuss how you would like to take your next step towards a greater understanding of yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (ABC Awards)

Ongoing CPD including working with equity, diversity and inclusion in the counselling room.

Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)

BSC (First Class Honours) Psychology (UCL)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Workplace stress and anxiety


Dealing with change

Therapies offered


£60.00 per session

Additional information

In-person - £60.00 per 50 minute session

Online - £50.00 per 50 minute session

Payment may be made in cash on the day or by bank transfer 24 hours in advance

Sessions are available during daytime and weekday evenings and daytime on weekends

The first session is offered as a discounted rate of £30/£25

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions are available during weekday evenings and daytime on weekends

Further information

I live in Essex and practice daily meditation and mindfulness including using singing bowls

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years for palliative care, dementia and mental health charities and understand the pressures of maintaining a work/life balance, particularly for those in helping professions

Chigwell, Essex, IG7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Karen Bolton
Karen Bolton