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I am an Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work one to one with adults in a quiet, confidential space at my home in Macclesfield.

At times we can all struggle with the challenges life throws at us. I believe passionately that counselling and therapy enables us to reconnect with the inner strength we all have but so often lose sight of. The results can be amazing:

  • Increased self-confidence and self worth
  • Improved relationships
  • A better sense of wellbeing, a clearer direction and better satisfaction with life

Are you are in emotional turmoil or simply in a rut, repeating unhelpful patterns? Have you got a difficult decision to make or are you suffering from stress, low mood and lack of motivation?
If you are unsure where or who to turn to, willing to view things from a different perspective and consider making some changes, then I can support you through the process. I will help you to make sense of what is going on, gain insight about yourself and your loved ones and empower you to find a more rewarding path.

During this process I will show you commitment, compassion, warmth and empathy.

If you are experiencing:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Bereavement or significant loss
  • Relationship difficulties or breakdown
  • A teenager who is struggling and you can't connect with
  • An eating disorder or difficulty trying to break a habit
  • Stress and overwhelming worry
  • Lack of energy, and pleasure from things you used to enjoy
  • Low self-confidence and self-worth

I can help you to work through these issues and many more.

The hardest part of the journey to finding a happier, brighter place can often be deciding to seek help in the first place. So if you have any queries or doubts about taking that first step, feel free to call me on 07805817155 or drop me an email via this website before you make a decision.

Approach

Sometimes we bring issues to counselling which keep us feeling stuck. More often than not these originate form our past experiences and the significant relationships we had while growing up. These can have unconscious and often negative influences on the way we are now. I will gently help you to uncover these, work through them and free you to live the life you choose.

I can also work with you to challenge the way you think and view the world. The process of questioning the reality of our thoughts and beliefs and gaining new perspectives, can sometimes be enough to bring about positive changes in the way we feel and behave.

For some people providing an environment which encourages and enables them to off-load, tell their story and be understood is all they need.

I trained as an Integrative Therapist. This means I am not constrained to working in a fixed way but can combine the best aspects from a variety of approaches, to develop a unique therapy which is best suited to you and your needs. I draw largely on person-centred, psychodynamic and the cognitive behavioural therapies but also from others.

The therapy I offer is always in the context of the key relationships you have from the past and present. I believe these relationships and the way we communicate within them has a vital bearing on our lives.

I offer both short term solution focused therapy where we work together for a limited number of sessions or an open-ended number of sessions, to allow you the time to go at your own pace and explore more long standing issues. I usually see my clients weekly but also do fortnightly sessions or can space them out to meet your needs. I always aim to have a planned ending to the counselling so that people know what to expect. This is something we can discuss once you are starting to feel better.

The sessions will be led by the things you bring to discuss and everything you tell me will be held in confidence. I view our work together as a collaboration which we can review at regular intervals. My role is not to give you advice but I will listen to you without judgement and help you to explore your issues in such a way that you feel valued, accepted and understood.  Having said that there may be occasions when I challenge your ideas to enable you to see things from a different view point.

It has been shown that the quality of the relationship formed between therapist and client plays a key part in the success of the therapy (Clarkson and Khan - 1995).The more authentic and candid we are with each other, the better the outcome. If at the end of the first session you don’t feel comfortable enough to continue with the process, there is no obligation to and there will be no fee to pay.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

Following on from 4 years serving at a Crisis Hotline in America and receiving my own personal therapy, I began working and training for the Diploma in Counselling. Since then I have counselled at a centre for Eating disorders, taken on GP referrals as a volunteer counsellor at a Charitable Agency, worked at a Bereavement Service, as a High School Counsellor, at a hospice and in Private Practice.

Training and qualifications

  • On the register for the BACP and practice within their ethical framework
  • Accreditation from the BACP
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - The University of Manchester
  • Enhanced certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB)
  • Full Indemnity Insurance
  • BUPA Registered
  • BA hons degree in Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education - The University of Nottingham

I undertake continued professional development using books, journals, training workshops and webinars. I have regular supervision to ensure that I am practicing in the most effective way and maintaining professional standards.

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.

BACP

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

Still birth
Endings and loss
Terminal illness
Problems associated with adolescents - exam stress, peer group pressure, search for identity, separation issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA

Additional information

£50 for adults for an hour.
£55 for couples for an hour and £70 if you require an hour and a half

If you decide you don't want to continue after the first session, then there is no charge.

If you do want to continue the fee is as above.


Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some evenings.

Further information

It is always important to look for a counsellor who is accredited as this means they have received the kite mark for excellence from the professional body they belong to.

I have a counselling room in my home.

I can do online sessions via Zoom or Skype.

I offer home visits by arrangement.

Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK10

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Karen Farbrother

Karen Farbrother