Karen Dempsey, psychotherapist & clinical supervisor – UKCP-reg

Karen Dempsey, psychotherapist & clinical supervisor – UKCP-reg

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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 in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
CPD in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Integrating CBT Modalities
Awareness in Bereavement Care, Cruse
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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Midlife crisis
Writer's block.


Per 50-minute session: Individuals £60. Couples £70.

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.

Maps & Directions

Purley, CR8

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mondays and Wednesdays

Types of client