Karen Bray MBACP, FdSc (Distinction)
You may be considering counselling as the result of a challenging event which has shaken your world up and left you feeling confused and distressed; or because you have gradually come to feel that something important is missing from your life and you want to find a more rewarding way of being.
As a person-centred counsellor, I firmly believe that - however 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 offer you a calm, safe and non-judgemental space to explore your needs and feelings. I also believe that “the only way out is through” - it is by accepting and understanding what is troubling in our lives that we access greater strength, confidence and zest for life.
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 at www.karenbray.co.uk, where you can find out more about me and how I work, to see if I might suit you. Then we can arrange a brief chat by phone to help you decide whether to go ahead with an initial counselling session.
My fee is £45 per session evenings and weekends, and £35 per session weekdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc Counselling (Distinction) from Bath Spa University. My training and orientation is person-centred, informed by attachment theory.
My experience includes counselling at both residential and non-residential addiction treatment centres and I have supported people with issues of anxiety, anger, abuse, attachment trauma, low self-worth, and personality disorder. I am interested in integrating a humanistic approach with 12-step recovery.
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 manage anger and conflict constructively, in relationships, families, and at work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
12-step recovery, codependency, assertiveness, communication skills, solution-focused, compassion-focused, personal development.
£45 per session evenings and weekends, £35 per session weekdays
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I usually work at The Practice Rooms in Bath, where access is up one or two flights of stairs. If access is an issue for you, contact me to discuss other options.
Daytime, Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Types of client