Karen Farbrother - MBACP (ACCRED), Dip Couns, BA Psychology (Hons)
I am an Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work face to face with young people, adults and couples in a quiet, confidential space at my home in Tytherington, 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, direction and satisfaction with life
Are you are in emotional turmoil or simply in a rut, repeating unhelpful patterns?
If you are unsure where or who to turn to, but are willing to ask for help, view things from a different perspective and make some changes, then I can support 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 and empathy.
If you are experiencing :
- Anxiety or depression
- Bereavement or significant loss
- Relationship difficulties or breakdown
- A teenager from the age of 16 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, motivation 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.
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 can gently help you to uncover these, work through them and free you to live the life you choose.
I also work with people to make changes in the way they think and view their world. The process of challenging our thoughts and gaining new perspectives can 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 transparent you can be, the better the outcome. If at the end of the first session you decide not to continue with the process, then there is no fee to pay.
Training, qualifications & 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 at a Counselling Agency, worked at a Bereavement Service and a Hospice, as a High School Counsellor, 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 and webinars. I have regular supervision to ensure that I am practicing in the most effective way and maintaining professional standards.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Childhood bereavement
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Endings and loss
Problems associated with adolescents - exam stress, peer group pressure, search for identity, separation issues
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
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My fees are:
£45 for adults for a 55 minute session.
£40 for teens for a 50 minute session
£55 for couples for an hour
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.
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 offer home visits by arrangement.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime hours and some evenings.
Types of client