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Karen Eley, MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered MBACP.

Derby, DE21

About me

As a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist I am aware of how important it is for people to feel comfortable enough to talk through their difficulties.

If you have been experiencing a crisis or a sudden change in your life, or struggle with long term issues and feel that you no longer can cope, I may be able to help.  Talking it through together can help you understand your feelings, thoughts and behaviours and really make sense of your experiences.

I offer a safe, secure, confidential and non-judgemental environment, where you will be treated with compassion and respect. We can work together to bring about positive and effective changes in your life, enhance your sense of well-being and help build resilience, so you can cope better with the challenges that life often presents.

Therapy can last just for a few sessions and sometimes just one session can be enough or it may continue over several weeks or months, depending on your individual needs. This is something that can be discussed at the beginning and throughout the course of therapy.

I am an Integrative therapist, which means I am trained in a number of different theoretical approaches (Person-Centred, Attachment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Family Practice) and so I can apply my skills to meet your individual needs.

I work from home and offer short term and long term therapy.

At your first meeting there is an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have before deciding on the right therapy for you.

I am a registered practitioner of the BACP. Membership No. 098084

My training is BACP Accredited to ensure a high standard of safe and ethical practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Derby (2012)

Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Derby (2013)

MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy – University of Derby (2014)

Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychotherapies (Systemic Family Practice) – University of Manchester (2015)

Certificate in Education – University of Derby (2005)

MA in Culture Studies – University of Derby (1997)

BA (Hons) Literature & Creative Writing – University of Derby (1995)

Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course Level 2 - CRUSE (2013)

Death and Grief from Different Faith Perspectives - CRUSE (2014)

Anger & Anxiety Gremlin Training - Collins-Donnelly Consultancy (2015)

Resilence: Ordinary magic and learnable skills - Young Minds Professionals (2015)

Non- Violence Resistance Training - Derbyshire County County (2016)

The MST approach to work with young people with conduct problems - DAFT (2015)

Body Dysmorpic Disorder Training - Body Charity (2014)

Morrisby Training - Morrisby.com (2011)

Diploma in Careers Education - Nottingham Trent University (2008)

NVQ in Guidance Level 4 - OCR (2004)

Professional Development Certificate in Personal, Social and Health Education -Roehampton University (2009)

I have a wealth of experience working with adults, young people and children, families and couples in the voluntary sector and local authority. I have worked extensively in depression, self-harm, behavioural (conduct) disorders, relationship issues, abuse, low self-esteem, self-criticism, shame, bereavement, trauma, loss and dealing with anger. I also work with people who feel that have hoarding difficulties.

I help individuals and families through using different theoretical models and therapeutic tools to help solve personal, emotional and behavioural concerns which affect daily lives.

Systemically I help couples, family members and others who care about each other to talk about difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views. To appreciate each other’s needs, to build on strengths and to make positive changes in their relationships and their lives.

Member organisations


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Person-Centred Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Couples Counselling
Cultural Issues
Family and relationship issues
Counselling Young People
Career Counselling
Morrisby - Psychometric Testing
Coping with redundancy or work related stress

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Counselling: £50 per 50 minute session

Relationship/Couples Counselling: £55 per hour

Family Counselling: £60 per hour

Telephone counselling: £45 per 50 minute session

I accept the below payment methods:



Further information

Quiet location, easy parking.
Early evening 4 - 6pm and Saturday morning sessions available.

If you wish to speak to me for an informal chat or for any cancellations please contact me on my mobile: 07850368139. If I am unavailable please leave a message and I will call you back.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Early evening 4-6pm and Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Karen Eley, MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered MBACP.

Karen Eley, MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered MBACP.