Karen Burgess

UKCP Online Systemic Family Therapy and Supervision
Hastings, East Sussex, TN35
Registered / Accredited

About me

I work with families, supporting family difficulties. Normally I do this face to face but currently I can offer an online service.

I can work with individuals to think about family issues they are finding difficult I also work with couples and whichever family members wish to be included, or a combination of any of these.

I can also work with individuals facing challenges around depression, anger, anxiety.

We might not know what you might yet but we can work that out together.

Who benefits from family work?

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

  • constant arguments with your child / teenager / partner
  • arguments with your partner /family about how to manage
  • door slamming and walk outs, tense home environment
  • not knowing where they are, worries about who your child/teen is mixing with
  • worries about drug/alcohol use/ mental health problems
  • communication breakdown
  • changes or stress in your family which seem overwhelming

I work in a tried and tested way with individuals and  families. This involves taking the focus away from negative and blaming interactions and encouraging more helpful and supportive ways of strengthening relationships.

I work with family members /individuals to look at how relationships in the family – where they are working well I support the family unit to build on these strengths and while also focusing on where the family may need help to make some changes.

What would it look like?

At first, we suggest weekly meetings, so I begin to understand your struggles and begin to work out some goals that everyone involved can agree on.

It’s really about talking and doing things. Having helpful conversations, working together to try and work things out without anyone being blamed.

A typical meeting, or session, could take place in your home or in my office at home.

Normally the sessions will be about an hour. I will want to be helpful and will seek your permission to help organise the talking, but what is worked on has to be what you choose.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fully qualified Family Therapist/Systemic Psychotherapist , UKCP and AFT registered.

I am a qualified and registered Supervisor ( UKCP / AFT )

I am trained to work with all types of families going through difficulties they would like support with. I also have a specialism and interest in working with teenagers  trained in an approach that particularly looks at the needs of supporting teenagers and young adults.

I am currently working within the Child and adolescent NHS providing support to young people with significant issues with low mood, depression, anxiety and anger and other mental health difficulties.

I have over 20 years of experience of working in with families of all type from those with small children to those with adult children. Families often need support to get through difficult times and making the space to talk as a family is often instrumental in the family finding their own resources to make changes.

I have worked in a variety of environments including, specialist schools, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinics and Social Care including adult mental health and learning disabilities.  I work in ways that are respectful to your family; involving you and your family in creating solutions and creating a sense of hope for positive changes.

I am also a trained supervisor and offer supervision and teach these ideas to social workers, teachers, psychologists youth offending workers.

I am also the course lead at the institute of Family therapy, training Qualified Family therapist to become supervisors. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Areas of counselling I deal with

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Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information


I operate a sliding scale so that you can pay what is affordable

Family Work

For families it ranges from £55- £110 per hour

For a family session of an hour is

A family income of ( or if more than one adult family/ can arrange a split of the cost between them

                           45,000 or less       £55
                          45- 60,000             £60
                          60-65,000             £70
                          65-80,000             £80
                          85,000 or over      £110

Individual Work Or Supervision

A course of Individuals therapy is per hour £50 - £120

Individual income of less than

                          30,000        £50
                          30-45,000   £60
                          45-55,000   £65
                          55-65,000   £70
                         65- 80,000    £80
                         85,000 or over £120


I offer flexible sessions to fit with the needs of the family. Friday is my best day for day time sessions and I can offer evening / weekend to fit around you.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My office is not wheelchair friendly unfortunately.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am an approved supervisor in Systemic Supervision.

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Karen Burgess

Karen Burgess