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psychotherapist & clinical supervisor – UKCP-reg

About me

Hello. I'm Karen, and I offer a confidential space that’s safe and consistent for you to explore your thoughts and feelings and to work through your current difficulties.

Talking therapy can help when you’re feeling stuck, stressed, anxious, sad, lonely, angry, frustrated or hurt. It can help you gain a new perspective and tap into inner resources you never knew you had. It can help you come to terms with your past, challenge unhelpful behaviours and patterns, and create a future that's more authentic.

The gift of weekly therapy is to help you contain emotions that otherwise might spill out and damage other areas of your life. I can help you work on the blocks that have always held you back. I can help you unpick the dynamics that continually lure you into distressing or toxic situations. And I care about helping you identify ways to create the life you were always meant to lead.

I am a qualified, accredited and experienced psychotherapist with an integrative and intuitive approach – meaning I draw on different theories and skills to suit you and the issues you bring to therapy. We can work short or long term, depending on your needs.

I am also a therapist’s therapist, supporting trainee therapists through their diploma courses, and with practising therapists seeking therapy for personal development.

I am UKCP registered, and I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA/Diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Working with Complex Trauma
  • Certificate in Online Counselling
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care, Cruse
  • CPD in Integrating CBT Modalities
  • CPD in the Trauma of Miscarriage
  • MA in Creative Writing

I have worked for counselling agencies and charities offering support for a range of issues from bereavement and miscarriage to relationship breakups, anger management, anxiety, depression and midlife crisis. I have also offered counselling to patients at GP surgeries in Lambeth through an IAPT service.

As well as my private practice, I co-ordinate the counselling service for City Lit, Europe's largest centre for adult education. I supervise trainee therapists on placement, and I am also a tutor on a foundation certificate in counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Midlife crisis
Menopause
Shame
Writer's block.

Fees

From £80.00 to £90.00

Additional information

  • Individuals: £80 per 50-minute session.
  • Couples: £90 per 50-minute session.

I am also registered with private healthcare providers.

All sessions are currently via Zoom.

When I work

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Further information

I offer clinical supervision to groups and on a one-to-one basis, to trainee and qualified therapists.

I offer training courses and workshops on:

  • creative writing for wellbeing.
  • setting up in private practice.
  • empathy for managers.
  • resilience for employees.

Purley, Surrey, CR8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Couples

Supervision

In person

I am a qualified and experienced supervisor, offering clinical supervision to individuals and groups.

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