Karen Fisher - UKCP Registered Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
I am an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist based in Hastings & St Leonards on Sea, currently working online with clients by video call (Zoom) and also by phone.
I see psychotherapy as a co-operative venture between psychotherapist and client. By providing a warm, empathic and non-judgemental environment, clients have the opportunity to share experiences and feelings they may not have been able to talk about before. A secure, therapeutic relationship makes it possible for people to explore the impact of important relationships and mourn past losses, so that healing of early experiences of misattunement, loss and trauma can take place.
'…the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing. The psychotherapist’s job, like that of the orthopaedic surgeon, is to provide the conditions in which self-healing can best take place' JOHN BOWLBY
Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy...
Attachment-based psychotherapy has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human growth and development throughout life. When we feel alone, or relationships go wrong in childhood or adulthood, our ability to manage our lives may be disrupted or thrown into crisis. Secure and supportive relationships enable us to develop a sense of who we are.
A psychoanalytic approach can help us to make sense of how we got to where we are now and to face some of the feelings and fears we may have hidden from ourselves. Sometimes we may find ourselves repeating patterns from the past or getting stuck in a lifestyle, relationships or behaviours, which may not be helpful to us. A psychoanalytic approach is a method of communication which aims to bring into awareness those ways of being which are unconscious, deeply set and inclined to frustrating repetitions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed the four-year training at The Bowlby Centre in London in 2012, where I am now a Member; and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
The Bowlby Centre emerged out of a radical development in the psychoanalytic tradition: an attachment-based approach, pioneered by John Bowlby, which emphasises our need for others - and the impact on us when early relationships are insecure, dangerous or abandoning. As a psychoanalytic school, it also draws on the importance of the unconscious and internal world. It is a pioneering organisation, with expertise in areas that include trauma, dissociation, addiction and disability; and it has a passionate commitment to valuing diversity.
Why people come to me for psychotherapy...
I have worked as a psychotherapist since 2011, helping a wide range of individual clients with issues such as:
- Loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown
- Addictions, eating problems, self-harm, phobias, obsessions
- Impact of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, trauma
- Confusion about identity
- Feeling afraid, panicky, stressed, in crisis, or in a state of breakdown
- Impact of racism, homophobia, oppression, discrimination
- Experiencing anxiety, depression, or suicidal feelings
- Feeling empty, lonely, abandoned, unable to make lasting relationships
- Difficulties in family relationships
Principles and values...
I subscribe to the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct and The Bowlby Centre's Values. My work is grounded in anti-discriminatory practice - respecting and valuing differences in ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, class, educational background and income.
'...those who have been silenced about their experiences and survival strategies must have their reality acknowledged and not pathologised.' THE BOWLBY CENTRE
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I qualified as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming with the International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA); and I also have a degree and professional background in theatre.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me for details.
Concessions offered for
I work in private practice in London and St Leonards and I currently have places available at the following locations:
- St Leonards, East Sussex TN38
10 mins from St Leonards (Warrior Square) station; with free parking available in nearby streets.
- The Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN
Opposite Highbury & Islington station (Victoria Line and Overground); with metered parking
available nearby in Highbury Crescent.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: I AM CURRENTLY WORKING WITH CLIENTS ONLINE BY ZOOM AND BY PHONE.
How to get in touch...
If you are considering beginning psychotherapy and would like to make an appointment with me in London or East Sussex, please email through the 'Email me' link above - or phone on the number at the top of this page (please do leave a message if I am unable to answer and I will get back to you).