Karen Frodsham

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MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns. BSc (H) Psychol, Dip Supervision
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York, North Yorkshire, YO26
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About me

I am an Accredited Counsellor, registered since 2002 with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); a senior level counsellor and supervisor with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) and a registered member of Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC).  My professional experience as a counsellor has been mainly in the NHS, as well as in private practice.  I previously worked as both a midwife and nurse for over 27 years. I offer counselling on either a short term (six to twelve sessions), medium or long term basis.

I moved my practice online during the global pandemic of 2020 and trained to continue to do so as recommended by BACP and ACTO.  I enjoy working online, I see the screen as an open doorway to developing the therapeutic relationship and a level of trust to work psychologically.

I am dyslexic and am happy to identify as neurodivergent.  My way of processing information and the world can be different to others who identify as neurotypical.  Some of the clients and supervisees I work with are autistic and/or ADHD, as well as being dyslexic.  We work together with an understanding our differences and similarities.       


Counselling and how I work
Counselling provides the space for you to talk about the situation(s) in your life that you are finding confusing, difficult, distressing, painful, sad or even unbearable.

I believe the therapeutic relationship is an important foundation for counselling. I aim to provide a confidential, safe and supportive environment for us to work together. You will have the opportunity to gain insight and/or increasing awareness about how you relate to your environment, other people, as well as yourself. The patterns you use to live your life may be challenged at times as we explore together how you make sense of your world and the interruptions in your life. As you gain increasing awareness, the choices you make as you live your life are made in conscious awareness, giving you a sense of empowerment.  There will be times when we laugh together and sometimes we may be serious.  I want to welcome into a safe and welcoming therapeutic space.


Come and find out what working online therapeutically is like, I offer a free introduction lasting between 15 to 20 minutes. Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes long and are charged for. The first session is an assessment that includes finding a focus for the work we will do. There will be a review half way through the number of sessions we have decided to work together for. Our last session will be a summary of the sessions and ending our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications

  • Registered General Nurse (RGN) 1987
  • Registered Midwife (RM) 1990
  • European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2000 (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Award Body CPCAB)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychotherapy 2007 (Open University)
  • General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills 2021 (CPCAB)
  • Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision 2021 (Online Training for Counsellors)


Experience
I became interested in counselling when working as a Midwife (1990-2001) in the ante-natal clinic, as a result of working in the Consultant led clinics and teaching in Parentcraft classes. My training was in Gestalt Therapy, combining counselling and some aspects of psychotherapy. I have worked mainly in the NHS; counselling in a Maternity Unit (1999-2010) and in GP Practices (2001-2017).

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

ACC
Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors
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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement

Birth difficulties and birth trauma

Personal development

Re-organisations at work

Redundancy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling

Face to Face: the first meeting whether in person or via Zoom will be for 10 to 15 minutes and there is no charge. For telephone the first meeting will be up to 15 minutes and there is no charge.
Subsequent sessions for face to face, video calls and telephone are 60 minutes long and are charged for as below.
£50.00 per session for Individuals

Email sessions are charged as follows: single weekly email up to 1,000 words £50.  More than one email per week with a single email response £50.

When I work

I work Monday, Wednesday & Thursday with appointments during the day and early evening I am able to offer sessions via video calls or text chat on Zoom, or telephone, and email.

Further information

I am a UKRC registered Independent Counsellor. I hold Professional indemnity insurance. I work to the BACP codes of ethics and maintain BACP accreditation through on going continuous professional development. I receive regular clinical supervision. I am registered under the Data Protection Act. I have an enhanced DBS check.

York, North Yorkshire, YO26

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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There are two steps into the house and I work in a room upstairs.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online
Phone

I offer a supportive and creative supervisory space for us to explore the challenges, the successes, and your process when working with clients.

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Karen Frodsham
Karen Frodsham