Karen Bray MBACP, FdSc
As a person-centred counsellor, I firmly believe that – however stuck or uncertain you may feel at the moment – within you is a strong and healthy self that knows exactly what is right for you and how to move forward. My role is to provide the calm space in which you can access this inner wisdom and develop greater resilience, confidence and enjoyment of life, whatever your circumstances.
Research shows that finding a counsellor with whom you can build a relationship of confidence and trust is more vital to the effectiveness of counselling than anything else. So please have a look at my website (see link above) where you can find out more about me and my approach. Then we can arrange a no-obligation initial session so you can get a feel for what it's like to work with me.
My fees are £45 for weekday daytime sessions. I charge for the initial session, but if you don't find it helpful I'll refund the fee.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training (FdSc Distinction in Counselling from Bath Spa University) and orientation is person-centred, informed by attachment theory.
I incorporate other models as they seem useful, particularly the solution-focused approach (clarifying a better future to work towards, rather than just dwelling on what's painful now); and bringing a compassionate perspective to the self-criticism and inner conflict many clients live with.
My experience includes counselling at both residential and non-residential addiction treatment centres, and with an agency specialising in recovery from childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. I have supported people who feel overwhelmed by anxiety, anger, grief, depression, low self-worth, isolation and traumatic memories to find a better emotional balance; like and understand themselves more; and feel stronger, more resourced and hopeful about the future.
I have also counselled young people aged 18 to 25, who can find a focus on the value of their inner experiencing a refreshing contrast to the "oughts" and "shoulds" that particularly plague that age group.
And, as a qualified mediator, I have a longstanding interest in supporting people to communicate more effectively and to manage anger and conflict constructively, in relationships, families, and at work.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
12-step recovery, codependency, assertiveness, communication skills, solution-focused, compassion-focused, personal development, Internal Family Systems, therapeutic coaching.
£45.00 per session
£45 for sessions during weekday daytimes. I charge for the initial session, but will refund the fee if you do not find the session helpful.
I am currently offering counselling mainly by Zoom video link, with the possibility of meeting in-person in central Bath if video counselling is not suitable. I am also experienced in phone counselling, which can be the most appropriate format for some people. We can discuss which option will be most suitable before starting counselling.