Karen Burnett UKCP (Reg.), CABP

Karen Burnett UKCP (Reg.), CABP


The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls

07900 582 261

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About me

I am an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist.  I offer ongoing relational psychotherapy and time limited counselling. I integrate EMDR therapy into longer term psychotherapy with people who have experienced childhood or prolonged trauma, as well as working shorter term with EMDR where the traumatic experience has been a single incident.

I offer a space in which you can talk about and explore what is troubling you, maybe for the first time.

My original training in Body Psychotherapy supports my understanding of how emotional conflict can manifest in the body.  We are embodied beings and feel emotions through our bodies (in our gut, or in the heart for instance) rather than in our heads as is often suggested.

It may be that sometimes words alone don't help you connect with feelings, or shift how you feel inside? Or you might experience distress through physical symptoms that are medically unexplained and hard to make sense of?

My approach incorporates working with body awareness, breath, movement, and with negotiation, physical holding.  Body orientated work can be a way to deepen connection to what might be hidden, under the surface or wordless.  At the same time working with the body can support a sense of safety, ground and containment.  I work sensitively and safely; each process of therapy is as unique as each client, and negotiations as to how we work are part of the dynamic of working together.  Sessions always begin sitting face to face with time to talk and reflect (and for many clients this is how we continue to work).

My work is informed by understanding and experience of both psychodynamic and humanistic models of psychotherapy, and I am interested in and work with the intersubjective aspect of the psychotherapeutic relationship.

I am committed to ongoing professional development and am inspired by the growth of work in understanding the impact of complex and attachment based trauma on the body mind system.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for the treatment of PTSD. (Further info can by found on this website)

I am experienced in helping people with

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • chronic tension or pain
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • ME
  • bereavement
  • loss
  • the impact of childhood trauma, abuse or neglect
  • sexual abuse
  • low self confidence
  • shame
  • relationship difficulties
  • medically unexplained physical symptoms

I offer both open ended psychotherapy and time-limited counselling (typically 6-12 sessions and focused around a particular issue).

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working as a Psychotherapist since 2003.  I have a background of working in mental health in the NHS within arts psychotherapies as a dance movement therapist, where I worked with people experiencing acute and ongoing mental health problems in both in-patient and community settings. My experience as a counsellor includes working at HELP Counselling Service.


Diploma Psychotherapy, Chiron Centre, London W5 (www.body-psychotherapy.org.uk)
Post-graduate Diploma Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Roehampton Institute (Surrey University)

Certificate in The Bodymind Approach to working with Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Pathways2Wellbeing (Professor Helen Payne, University of Herts)

EMDR training with EMDR works (emdrworks.org) EMDR Europe certificate.

I am CRB checked.

I am insured.


I am registered with and abide by the ethical guidelines of
UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) www.psychotherapy.org.uk
CABP (Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists) www.body-psychotherapy.org.uk

I am a former Chair of the Ethics and Equal Opportunities Committee at CABP (an organisational member of UKCP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Therapies offered


My standard fee is £45 for each hour long session, including for the initial consultation.

For EMDR (when working with a single incident trauma) sessions would be for £70 for each 90 minute session. Where EMDR is part of ongoing psychotherapy, the fee is £45 per hour, and we would negotiate extending session times as required.

I have limited lower cost spaces for work in Frome; please get in contact to discuss.

Maps & Directions

Frome, BA11
Bath, BA1 1RH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Monday-Thursday in Frome and Friday in Bath

Types of client

Older adults