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Karen Frodsham MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns. BSc (Hons) Psychol

York, North Yorkshire, YO26
07952662788 07952662788 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am an Accredited Counsellor, registered since 2002 with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a registered member of Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC). My professional experience as a counsellor extends back to 2000, mainly in the NHS, and I have previous experience as both a midwife and nurse. I offer counselling on either a short term (six to twelve sessions) or long term basis.

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.

To see if we would be able to work together, the first meeting is for 30 minutes and there will be no charge. 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.

I offer sessions either face to face, via Zoom or by telephone.

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)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychotherapy 2007 (Open University)

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.


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

Birth difficulties and birth trauma
Personal development

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative


Face to Face: the first meeting whether in person or via Zoom will be for 30 minutes and there is no charge. For telephone the first meeting will be up to 30 minutes and there is no charge.
Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes long and are charged for as below.
£40.00 per session for Individuals
£50.00 per session for Couples

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

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 ongoing continuous professional development. I receive regular clinical supervision. I am registered under the Data Protection Act. I have an enhanced DBS check. My practice is on the western outskirts of York, on the number 5a bus route and just a few minutes away from the A1237 ring road.

North Yorkshire

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

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


I work Monday, Wednesday & Thursday with appointments between 09.30 to 18.30 hrs.

I am able to offer sessions via Zoom and telephone, while unable to meet face to face.

Types of client

Karen Frodsham MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns. BSc (Hons) Psychol

Karen Frodsham MBACP (Accred), Dip Couns. BSc (Hons) Psychol