Karen Clark, offering Walk & Talk Counselling for Adults & Young People.
Hello, I'm Karen - a warm welcome to my page. As a fully qualified, accredited and experienced counsellor, I offer a gentle, safe, supportive counselling experience for adults of any age and for young people aged 11 yrs upwards. My sessions are held face to face outdoors as *Walk and Talk counselling (*please see below for further information) also over the telephone or online. Please note that indoor face to face sessions at my room in Backwell are currently on pause until further notice, due to the pandemic situation.
I offer support with a wide range of concerns (listed below) and have extensive experience in working with issues impacting young people. My work with young people recognises the particular issues they may experience growing up, which can combine to make each young person's experience uniquely different and complex. I work with them to explore any feelings, thoughts, problems, situations, relationships etc. which may be troubling, worrying or upsetting for them, exploring with them ways to come to terms with, cope or resolve their difficulties.
Counselling is also offered for parents or carers who may feel in need of support with their children/teenagers or with older offspring, and in relation to family issues generally.
Neurodiversity is a particular interest of mine and I have experience with Autistic Spectrum conditions and also ADHD (diagnosed or non-diagnosed). I am also an LGBTQ+ affirmative counsellor.
You may not be sure what you wish to gain from counselling, or you may have clear goals in mind - whatever the reason for seeking support at this time, my aim is to engage with you towards a greater understanding of any worries or concerns you may bring to the counselling situation, however big or small. I see my role as being 'alongside' you, as together we explore and process difficult thoughts or feelings, unsettling, upsetting, traumatic or confusing experiences or events, difficult relationships, indeed whatever may have been troubling you. Together we will honour your existing strengths, experience and coping skills, as well as exploring new and perhaps more effective ways to support yourself going forward.
Finding a good fit with a counsellor is important, so it is worth taking time to find someone who feels right for you. I work in a relational way - this means that I consider the creation of trust and resilience within the therapeutic relationship to be of paramount importance and believe this can be a significant and dynamic tool, in itself, for healing. I offer a free initial conversation over the telephone to explore how we may work together, providing an opportunity for you to ask any questions about me as a counsellor and about the process of counselling. If you decide to work with me, I will review progress with you on a regular basis to identify what's helping and whether anything else needs to happen to improve your outcome.
My main counselling approach is Person-Centred, which means I am led by what the client brings, tailoring my approach to the needs of each individual. I also work in an integrative way, which means that I may draw on a range of theoretical and practical approaches, within my sphere of knowledge, to benefit our work together, for example ecotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis, mindfulness, creative approaches - whatever feels right for you. Whichever way we choose to work together, I will move at your pace, honouring current and past experiences, as feels right for you.
Depending on individual need, I can offer short or longer term counselling.
*Walk and Talk Counselling sessions: Since September 2020, I have been offering counselling sessions outdoors in the Backwell, Weston-super-Mare and Chew Magna areas. Working outdoors has become a real passion, with walking and talking combining the benefits of client and therapist being together face to face, with spending time in a natural environment. This way of working also allows for greater potential for safe social distancing, in these unusual times.
Being outdoors can itself be healing and contribute to wellbeing, with the natural and 'other-than-human' world often providing valuable and sometimes magical metaphors for our lives and experiences, which can feel deeply nurturing and enlightening. I incorporate counselling theory and skills into the process, allowing the same opportunities for exploration of thoughts, feelings and issues, for self-reflection and awareness, as would occur in a more traditional counselling setting. As with counselling occurring in other settings, the client sets the pace for the session.
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 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:
low 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, mild 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
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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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.
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
All sessions are 60 minutes long.
Standard rate per session is £45;
(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 email@example.com.
Saturday sessions are Walk and Talk sessions only.
Walk and Talk sessions are currently offered in Backwell and Chew Magna. Please note I am currently not offering indoor in person sessions - this is due to the pandemic situation and may change as things improve.