About me

Introduction

My name is Karen and welcome to my profile. I am an experienced and accredited counsellor who specialises in working in Trauma, Bereavement and Anxiety. If after reading the below you would like to have a chat, I offer a free 30-minute consultation which gives you the opportunity to meet me and see how I can help you.

Do you find yourself saying ‘I’m fine’ when someone asks ‘How are you?’, but inside you are crumbling? Do you find yourself putting a mask on whenever you are around others in fear of them seeing what is really going on inside? Or do you find yourself ignoring your emotions and just pushing them away and not giving yourself the time to explore how you are really feeling?

Life can be incredibly challenging at times and I understand how some life experiences can have a big impact on us and can leave us feeling overwhelmed and confused. Before you know it, you have lost direction and feel stuck and unable to find your way back to how you used to be.

Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether recent or in the past can leave you feeling detached, numb or in a state of shock, disbelief, or denial. The trauma may have left you experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, or even panic attacks, which can be extremely frightening when they happen and leave you living in fear of them happening again.

Carrying these difficult and unwelcome emotions around with you every day, while trying to pretend that nothing is wrong, can be exhausting. It can leave you feeling alone and as though no-one will understand.

My sessions can give you a safe and respectful place to explore any difficulties you may be experiencing.

How can counselling help you

Counselling can help you understand yourself better and recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act. It can help you gain a different perspective to any problems or issues you may be experiencing. Together we can find ways to change these complicated feelings or find a way to live with them. By understanding your feelings and thought processes, it enables you to find your own solutions to the problems.

Counselling can help with:

·       Loss or bereavement

·       Stress and Anxiety

·       Anger Management

·       Loss of Confidence or Low Self-Esteem

·       Depression

·       Bullying

·       Trauma

·       Rape and Sexual Abuse

·       Family Conflicts

·       Physical or Emotional Abuse

·       Work Related Issues

.        Miscarriage

·       Stillborn or Neo-natal Death

My qualifications and experience

I am a registered and accredited Counsellor in private practice as well as a volunteer counsellor for a Rape and Sexual Assault Charity, I have worked a number of years as a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer and I am also an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist.

I work with all problems such as Trauma, Rape and Sexual Abuse, Bereavement, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Abuse, Panic, Low Self-Esteem, Shock, Fear, Worry, Sadness, Flashbacks and Low Confidence.

How and Where I Work

I am a psychotherapeutic, integrative counsellor which enables me to use different models of counselling that are best suited to you.

I believe that everybody should be given an opportunity to be able to have their voice heard and be able to express how they are feeling without the fear of being judged. Therapy should be about you, so I tailor my sessions to suit you in a safe and non-judgemental environment, where I will listen and support you through these challenging times.

Face to Face Appointments

I am now able to offer face to face appointments in the evenings and weekends in Frimley High Street, GU16.  I am also looking to start Walk and Talk sessions soon. If this is an option you are interested in, please contact me so we can discuss.

Online or Telephone Sessions

I am able to offer sessions across the UK via Zoom or telephone, which enables you to stay in the comfort of your own home (if this is a safe place for you). Another benefit to online or telephone sessions, is there are no travel times to consider, so additional time does not need to be added into the length of the sessions.

Next Steps

If you would like to book a free 30-minute consultation, please email: karen@serenebeginnings.co.uk or phone/text me on: 07938 231222

During the consultation you will be able to ask me any questions you may have, discuss the reasons you are seeking counselling and what you want to get out of it.

If after the consultation, you would like to continue (no obligation), we can arrange to book in a date for our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice
  • Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
  • Approved Counsellor with Anxiety UK

Volunteer Roles:

  • Cruse Bereavement Volunteer - trained to work with adults, children and young people 
  • Counsellor with Rape and Sexual Assault Support Charity

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Choosing the right therapist is an essential part of therapy and it is important that you find someone you feel comfortable with.

I offer an initial free 30 minute introductory telephone/online session which gives you the opportunity to meet me, talk through any questions and share your expectations. This session also gives you the opportunity to see whether counselling is right for you and whether I am the right person to support for you

£50.00 per 50 minute session (Face to Face , Online or telephone)

I am able to offer evening and weekend appointments

Limited number of concessions available.

Availability

Daytime, Evening and Weekend appointments available

Weekdays  9.00am to 9.00pm

Weekends 10.00am to 6.00pm

Further information

How counselling can help

Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk through your thoughts and feelings and have your voice heard. It gives you a safe place to explore the challenges you may be struggling with and help you to make sense of them and find a new way forward.

Counselling is not about the therapist telling you what to do or giving advice, it is about you and your experiences of your life. Our sessions will be led by you, with my help and support. Together we will travel on your journey, at your pace, looking and exploring your thoughts and emotions.

Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14

Camberley
Surrey
GU16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Karen Botevyle

Karen Botevyle