Karen Buckingham Adv.Dip Couns (MBACP)
Mental illness and stress related conditions are on the increase, one in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. (Mind.org) There is more uncertainty, more pressure to be perfect and succeed and less community connection. Generally stress precipitates seeking help. Counselling is a safe confidential place to explore, understand and gain effective coping tools and techniques to deal with the stress we are under.
Talking therapy helps. How? Scientifically, when you express your thoughts and feelings you can process the information from the primitive fearful, anxiety and worrying area of your brain to the rational thinking part of your brain. Talking to a professional who is impartial and won’t judge will help to calm your emotional arousal down and help you to objectively clarify your troubling situation. Together we can work to find alternative options to your presenting problems and with these new understandings and improved coping strategies you will be better equipped to continue on with your journey.
I’m passionate about my work and vocation as a counsellor. My approach is collaborative, friendly, down to earth, educational and humanistic.I draw my counselling skills from my professional education and personal and professional experience and find Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) a central influence to my work.
I offer a reduced rate introduction (£20) no obligation first session to see if we are suited to one another and to find out if I will be able to support your issues. Taking the leap of faith and making contact is the first stepping stone to your recovery.
I believe everyone has the right to be who they really are .... unique, talented and whole no matter what life throws at them.
I want to encourage and capitalise on the client's resources and abilities and to highlight their brilliance.
Counselling isn't a luxury or for mad sick people! It's an absolute requirement especially when your emotional needs are not being met and you feel overwhelmed with life in general. Sometimes it is necessary to have support to help you to see the wood for the trees, in a confidential setting which is being held by a professional who is impartial and is trained to cope with these areas.
My own journey into counselling and thus becomming a counsellor is testimony to this. As humans when we become stressed, anxious and fearful we can develop some very unhealthy behaviours to help us deal with our problems. Unhelpful behavioural habits and unhelpful thinking errors can begin to disturb us and we find ourselves caught up in a cycle of distress.
Discovering and understanding how we operate, think, behave and where it comes from through therapy can have a healing benefit in itself. 'When you understand something you no longer fear it.' Sometimes this is enough to move someone forward but often their behaviour(s) need to change as well. I will, where appropriate support the client to challenge their unhelpful behaviours through home practice and exposure and response prevention field work. Placing myself into the clients world can help me to really get to grips with how they are experiencing themselves which then gives me the opportunity to demonstrate how the real world operates. The feed back I have received from my clients, often say, this is where the real work and change has taken place.
If you feel you need counselling or someone has suggested counselling could help, my advice is don't delay. The sooner you begin the sooner you will be on the road to discovering yourself and learning how to better take care of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling BACP ACCREDITED
- Certificate in Counselling
- Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
- Creative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma
CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Over the years I have attended several workshops and seminars to help support, learn and enhance my work. I have a particular interest in the Human Givens approach, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I continue to add to my portfolio of certificates of attendance and have several books that I use as a fantastic resource to my learning. I take regular supervision and belong to the British Association to Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a counsellor/therapist specialising in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I have a set up specialist clinic to successfully treat OCD. It is a drug free proven treatment that incorporates Psychological Understanding of the condition, Mindful Awareness, Neurological education and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
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The first introduction of myself and consultation will be at a reduced rate of £20. This generally last around an hour. I think this is important so we can get a sense of one another and find out if we both feel we can work together to resolve your presenting situation.
General counselling fees are £50.00 per hour. If you require specialist OCD therapy the fee is £60.00 per hour.
I will offer a reduced rate if the client can prove a genuine lack of funding for the therapy.
Change is Possible!
I conduct my practice from my home in Tiverton, Devon. I have a separate consultation therapy room with a waiting area for clients who like to bring someone with them for company or transportation. There is plenty of off road parking and we are situated in a private secluded area away from the hustle and bustle of the town environment.
My specialist area of expertise is treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I run a 5 day intensive treatment programme at my clinic in Tiverton. For more information please visit www.helpforocd.co.uk
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You can leave a email or answer phone message at any time and I will respond at my earliest convenience.
Types of client
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