Karen Clark MBACP (Accred). Adult and Young People's Counsellor
Hello and welcome. As a fully qualified counsellor, experienced in working with Adults, Children and Young People, I offer a gentle, caring, safe, supportive and non judgemental space in which to help individuals to explore whatever may be troubling or difficult for them. Together we can then work towards a greater understanding of those worries, concerns and experiences which may have brought you to counselling, and explore ways of resolving any difficult issues or coming to terms with difficult circumstances or events.
I offer counselling to children and young people aged 8—18 yrs and adults of any age, covering a wide range of issues (see below).
My main approach is person-centred and I work in an integrative way, which means that I will explore different ways of working which best suit your needs and preference, so may draw on other approaches as fits our work together, for example cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis, mindfulness, creative approaches - whatever feels right for you. I regard mutual trust as an important part of our working together.
My work with children and young people recognises the particular issues they may experience in growing up, which can combine to make each young person's experience uniquely different and complex. I work with them to explore feelings, problems or situations which may be troubling, worrying or upsetting for them and find ways of coming to terms with or coping with difficulties, however big or small they may seem.
When working with a child, young person or adult, my approach is flexible and tailored to their particular needs.
Depending on individual needs, I am able to offer short or longer term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling awarded by the University of Bristol
Additionally, I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People awarded by the University of Wales, Newport.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and also subscribe to BACP’s Counselling Children and Young People Division. I work within the BACP ethical framework and have regular supervision for my therapeutic work.
In addition to my initial training, I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development, which has recently included workshops on Autism Spectrum conditions, Transgender issues, Sleep difficulties, Trauma and Suicidality.
My experience as a counsellor has included:
- offering counselling to adults, children and young people within a low cost counselling practice in North Somerset
- working as a volunteer Youth Counsellor for Off the Record in Bristol
- working as a self employed counsellor within a Boarding School environment for students aged 8-18yrs
- as a School Counsellor in a North Somerset Academy offering counselling to students, aged 11-18 yrs
- private practice with adults, children and young people
Additionally, I have over 30 years experience of working with children, young people, parents/carers and families gained within a range of settings, including Youth Services in Bristol and North Somerset, Education Welfare in Bristol, voluntary Mentoring Programme for Looked After Children in North Somerset, Parent Support Worker for a National Parenting Charity (Parentline Plus - now Family Lives), and also Parent Support Advisor/Family Support Worker in a North Somerset Secondary School.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including: self esteem and confidence, worry, anxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias, low mood, mood swings, sadness, depression, bereavement, loss and change, work related issues, school issues, exam stress, bullying, change and transition, self harm, suicidal thoughts, sleep issues, eating issues, anger, abuse, family and personal relationship issues, sexuality, gender identity, parental stress, coping with illness and much more.
I am committed to supporting individuals towards emotional health and wellbeing and a greater freedom to enjoy their lives.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can provide counselling for parents or carers who feel in need of support with their children/teenagers or older children, or with family issues generally.
All sessions are 50 minutes long.
Standard rate per session is £40;
(some concessionary rates may also be available for students/those on low income).
If you would like to find out more or to arrange an appointment, please contact Tel. No. 07581219309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that I am not taking on any new clients at the present time.