Karen Cross - Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist / Adult Counsellor
As an Integrative Humanistic Adult Counsellor and a Child/Adolescent Psychotherapist, I work with adults, teenagers and children from a comfortable garden studio in Horsmonden on an individual basis. I have a Masters Degree in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and I have also undergone additional training in CBT, the Rewind Technique for the relief of post-traumatic stress and hypnotherapy.
Relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loss and change, low self esteem - these are just some of the issues we can work on together, but you will find below a more comprehensive list of the areas I deal with. I also have much experience in working with both teenagers and young children.
My fifteen years' background in secondary and primary schools (including roles as School Counsellor, Teaching Assistant and Learning Mentor), together with previous roles, such as Personnel Manager for a music association, and even the owner of a Fancy Dress Hire shop, have shown me that - whatever our backgrounds, age, or experience - life just doesn't always run smoothly. But, through counselling, I do believe that each one of us is able to live a happier, more rewarding and fulfilling life. However, there are hundreds of different counselling approaches and it is important to find an approach and a therapist who is right for you.
I am fully insured and CRB checked. In addition to running a private practice and my current work within various schools, I have also worked for Cruse Bereavement Care and other charitable organisations, counselling clients of all ages.
As a member of the BACP and an accredited member of the UKCP, I work in accordance with both organisations' ethics and values.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling (Terapia, Middlesex University) - UKCP accredited course.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Wealden Institute, Crowborough) - BACP accredited course.
Certificate in CBT Skills (The Grove, London) - covering NICE recommended interventions and following the CBT competence framework developed for the IAPT programme.
The Rewind Technique for Post Traumatic Stress (Dr David Muss, London) - BPS-approved training
Further Skills in Counselling (West Kent College, Tonbridge).
Certificate in Counselling (West Kent College, Tonbridge).
TA101 - Transactional Analysis (Wealden Institute, Crowborough).
Eight-Week Mindfulness Course (Maidstone) - stress reduction through awareness.
Cruse Bereavement Training.
Cruse Children and Young People's Bereavement Training.
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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