Karen Derber

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BPS & HCPC registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist
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Heathfield, TN21
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About me

I'm an experienced (30+ years) counsellor and have worked with a broad range of difficulties. In the NHS between 2003 and 2013, I developed a specialist interest in Health Psychology.  and the psychological consequences of living with long-term physical health conditions.  I have a particular interest in clinical depression, a range of anxiety disorders and mindfulness practices in conjunction with psychotherapy.

I have been trained in several major models of counselling and psychotherapy and I believe that an empathic relationship is the most facilitative relationship for personal growth. How that develops with each individual is unique and essentially unpredictable. In practice, I can offer brief, symptom-focussed therapies and for more complex difficulties an integrative relational approach is offered on an open-ended basis.

In my view, no one approach to therapy suits everyone. I try to find the best approach for each individual given what the problems are, the context they are in, the person's background, preferences and most pressing needs.

I can provide clinical supervision to counselling psychology trainees and qualified psychologists and counsellors. I am an external supervisor for London Metropolitan University and Metanoia.

I offer a free initial phone call and then we would arrange a first meeting by email.  An initial rapport between counsellor and client has been shown to be a very accurate predictor of an effective therapy. In the initial call and later session, you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process or the therapeutic approach that I would recommend for you.

I know that it can be very daunting to make your first contact with a counsellor however, your initial email and any other contact with me remains completely private and confidential.

Currently, I offer online sessions via Zoom or  Whats App.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Therapy (Northbrook College, Worthing)
B.A.Hons Social Psychology (University of Sussex)
MSc Counselling Psychology (University of Sussex)
British Psychological Society Chartership in Counselling Psychology Reg. No. 099405
Associate Fellow British Psychological Society
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist Reg. No. PYL22131

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pain Management
Living with long-term physical conditions
Mindfulness based approaches


£60.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

When I work

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Heathfield, TN21

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I offer individual clinical supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists.

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