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MBACP BAHons. PGD Couples Therapy

About me

COVID-19 Update

Face to Face appointments available. And an online therapy service will be available for the foreseeable future.

The practice has been deep cleaned, re-decorated and reorganised to accommodate the 2 metre social distancing guidelines. Picture posted on website, under latest news. www.findingyou.co.uk

Hand Sanitizer is available as you enter the building and in my office. The office will be wiped down with antiseptic wipes between clients and deep cleaned on a daily basis.

The cleaning regime at the Monastery has been stepped up. Entrances, corridors, stairs, surfaces etc. are cleaned on a daily basis. And you will find Hand Sanitizer in the loos.

You may want to bring your own water. Bottled water is available.

If you have made a face to face appointment but feel at all unwell, please do not come to the practice we can work online instead. I will adhere to that as well.

Stay Safe

Welcome To Finding You

I have been working in Mental Health for nearly two decades. I have taught trainee counsellors and I am a very experienced, highly qualified, Psychotherapist/Counsellor and have been running a highly successful, established private Couple Therapy and One to One Counselling practice in Bishops Stortford for over twelve years.

One to One counselling

A 50 minutes consultation is offered to enable us to determine if I am the right counsellor for you. Chargeable at the one to one counselling rate below.

Thereafter the charge for one to one counselling is £50 per session before 5pm, £60 per session after 5pm, £100 Saturdays (each session lasts 50 minutes)

Couples counselling.

For couples to determine whether or not relationship counselling could benefit them a full 60 minute session is offered from the outset. The charge for this session is £70 before 5pm, £80 after 5pm, £100 Saturdays and lasts 60 minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Welcome to Finding You.  We are an empathic, confidential, professional, BACP registered counselling psychotherapy practice based in Bishops Stortford East Herts.

Karen founder of Finding You has many years experience working with charities supporting people living with the more debilitating mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar.  She also has over thirteen years experience in supporting/providing emotional support to parents/carers of children who have special needs. And for a number of years worked as a counsellor for a local GP surgery and as a counsellor tutoring on AQA counselling courses.

Having a specialist interest in supporting couples; heterosexual and gay to keep the intimacy and love alive in their relationships i now specialise in couples therapy marriage and relationship work. I have undertaken a cutting edge two year post graduate couples therapy course at the Centre For Gender Psychology in London. And am committed to undertake further specialist training in this area.

When you walk in to the consultancy room for the first time I am aware of how anxious and nervous you may feel and what a huge step that this may be for you. You will receive a warm and friendly welcome and I will aim to make you feel comfortable, safe, relaxed and secure.  I will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with any further information that you may need.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialists in couples therapy; marriage and relationship counselling. Couples therapy for heterosexual and gay couples. Embracing difference and partnership. Counselling expertise in anxiety, depression, abuse, low self confidence, self esteem issues and grief/loss.

I have a post graduate specialist diploma in couples therapy and am a registered couple therapist at the centre for gender psychology.

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Fees

From £50.00 to £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

One to One counselling.

A 50 minute consultation is offered to enable us to determine if I am the right counsellor for you. Chargeable at the one to one rates below.

Thereafter the charge for one to one counselling is £50 per session before 5pm, £60 per session after 5pm, £100 Saturdays (each session lasts 50 minutes)

Couples counselling.

For couples to determine whether or not relationship counselling could benefit them a full 60 minute session is offered from the outset. The charge for this session is £70 before 5pm, £80 after 5pm, £100 Saturdays and lasts 60 minutes.

When I work

Tuesday-Thursday 9-9 Saturday - 10 - 3

Further information

Humanistic Counselling at Finding You Bishops Stortford East Herts.

Some view the need for counselling as a sign of weakness. This could not be further from the truth. Counselling is NOT a sign of weakness.  Counselling takes a lot of  strength and courage and involves a lot of  hard work.

Humanistic Counselling is a supportive form of therapy.  Humanistic therapists create a safe space  in which you are invited to share, process and evaluate your concerns.

Humanistic Counselling is based on the philosophy that individuals are full of potential for growth. Your therapist will be empathic, understanding, supportive and non-judgemental.

Humanistic counsellors  see human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential.

Life events, however, can take their toll and can affect our mental well being, our health and all aspects of our lives. Life events, relationships, trying to please, trying to fit in all have an impact on us and as a result sometimes we lose sight of who "we really are" and "what we really want". This in-turn can have an impact on our physical and mental well being. We may become unwell, depressed, anxious, stressed etc.

At Finding You, in Bishops Stortford our aim is to create a safe, confidential space, within which you can process your thoughts, feelings and the life events that have had an impact on you and taken their toll.

The counselling process will help you to gain clarity, and will support you whilst you explore choices, options and decisions that you may need to make to get yourself back on track. By doing so you may begin to experience and accept more of who you are as a person, and this in-turn allows you to reconnect with your own values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection with your inner resources enables you to find your own way to move forward.

"At Finding You our aim is to understand the client's experience from the client's point of view, and to positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine as another human being" Karen founder of Finding You.

The final judge of whether a counsellor is right for you can only be yourself and you must trust your own instincts.

Integrative Counselling Tools Used at Finding You Bishops Stortford

Therapists that work in an integrative way are not bound by the theories, dogma, conventions or methodology of any one particular school of thought. Instead, they use the counselling methods or tools that they believe best suit their clients' needs.

Finding You, Suite 10, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM23 2ND

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Please alert me, my therapy room is not wheelchair accessible, however I have access to a wheelchair accessible room, but would need to know if this room is required in advance of your appointment so that I can ensure it is available and book the room.

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