Karen Burnett

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UKCP (Reg.)
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Bath BA1 & Frome BA11
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About me

I am an experienced UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist.  I offer a safe, therapeutic relationship in which you can talk freely, and we can explore what is troubling you, maybe for the first time.

I offer both longer term ongoing psychotherapy and time limited work (usually 8-20 sessions and focused clearly around a particular issue).

My approach integrates relational and body orientated models of psychotherapy with EMDR (when appropriate).  My work is informed by understanding and experience of psychodynamic and humanistic models of psychotherapy, and with the intersubjective aspects of the therapeutic relationship.  I understand the complexity of the impact of trauma in early life on relationship to self (and others); I am influenced by the Internal Family Systems model in bringing attention to and healing the tensions and conflicts between many 'parts' 

I offer longer term psychotherapy (often combined with EMDR) with people who have experienced the trauma of abuse and emotional neglect in childhood and where the impact of this continues to affect you in your life now.

I offer shorter term EMDR work (usually at least 8 sessions) where there has been a singular traumatic incident which has resulted in symptoms of post traumatic stress (or PTSD).  Whether short term EMDR work is the way forward would be assessed during the initial consultation.  I currently have a low cost space available (in Frome) for short term EMDR work - please contact me for details of this.

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).

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 be 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

I am a member of EMDR UK

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Therapies offered


£55.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My standard fee is £55 in Frome and £60 in Bath, for each hour long session, including for the initial consultation.

I currently have a low cost space available for short term EMDR therapy (if you are struggling the the impact of a traumatic incident) - please contact me for further information.

I don't currently have a low cost space for ongoing psychotherapy but I will update when available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in Frome and Friday in Bath

The Practice Rooms, 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RH

Bath Street Business Hub, Frome, BA11 1DJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme
Karen Burnett
Karen Burnett