Karen Gunn

MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist; NCS (Accred) Supervisor

About me

My private practice provides a safe and confidential space where you are able to discuss your concerns in a calm and supportive environment.

Online or Telephone Counselling Sessions are also offered during the Covid-19 Pandemic, as an alternative to face to face counselling; I offer sessions remotely through various platforms, such as Zoom, or Teams meetings and the telephone. An email address is required and access to a webcam, e.g. through a Smart-phone, tablet or PC. Payment is usually made in advance of each session and required through a Bank Transfer. These details and other information will be provided once we have had an initial discussion on the telephone  and agreed a convenient date for the first appointment.

Sometimes we need the help of a therapist to provide a clear focus on what is important in our lives; especially when experiencing periods of difficulty and uncertainty. Occasionally our thoughts, feelings and emotions  can become confused and we are unclear on the options we have, or the choices we need to make. Often it is difficult to talk to friends and/or relatives about the issues we face; although with some clarity, understanding and a purposeful structure, it is usually possible to find a fresh approach to manage a problem, or difficulty that is troubling you.

I have worked in a voluntary capacity with charitable organisations that provide therapeutic support to vulnerable children and adults who have been traumatised by early childhood experiences, and who want to manage and understand their difficulties in order to find a fresh perspective.

I understand that choosing a therapist can be difficult and I hope you will be able to seek the support you need. I offer an initial telephone assessment, where you provide a brief outline your issues or concerns. We can discuss whether I am able to help you find a way forward with your issues, although on occasions, it maybe necessary to refer you to another specialist more suited to your individual needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Therapeutic Approach

I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: MBACP (Accred). I provide Clinical and Counselling Supervision to trainees, individual therapists, and those in the clinical professions working for agencies and organisations. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS: Accredited) and offer reduced fees to counselling students. However, all external reports or references may carry an extra fee.

Postgraduate training and academic study in Clinical Psychology at Bournemouth University has improved my knowledge of mental health conditions and provided further insight into the challenges facing individuals, couple/partnerships and their families.

After my graduate training in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, I trained as an existential counsellor and psychotherapist with Sheffield and Middlesex Universities. I look to explore any difficulties that may have arisen from an Integrative-Existential perspective, where the focus of the work will consider the human condition as a whole. My Integrative and Person-Centred therapeutic interventions take account of the diversity of the human condition. I encourage individuals to take responsibility for their choices, responses, actions and behaviours. I hope to explore your issues with you and encourage you to discover a meaningful approach to life that will be positive and purposeful; affirming your self-esteem and confidence. This may involve interventions from other modalities, such as Humanistic, Psychoanalytic, Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness.

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (Endorsed by NCS and ACTO).
  • Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy (COSRT)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS Accredited)
  • Masters in Foundations of Clinical Psychology (MSc.Clinical Psychology, (Distinction) 2015)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Middlesex University (2012)
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Studies (Sheffield University, 2011)
  • Diploma in Psychology: Oxford Brookes University (2007)
  • Certificate in Psychology: Oxford Brookes University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Education Degree (Hons): Leicester University (1980)
  • Certificate of Education: Leicester University

Short courses are listed below, (CPD topics are varied and not always listed).

  • Couple and Relationship Counselling (COSRT approved)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (KRCS)
  • Rape Counselling Service (CPD and workshops)
  • Trauma and Emotional Processing
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Families coping with Dementia
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Eating Disorders

Current and past counselling and psychotherapy experience.  I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice. I recently worked with Lift Psychology (NHS/Swindon) as a psychology practitioner for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. I also consult privately as a counsellor, psychotherapist and counselling supervisor. Our first discussion and assessment session is usually held on the telephone. It is sometimes possible to hold the counselling sessions at another location by prior arrangement. Couples may prefer to have their sessions in their own home, especially if they have children to consider; however, this may involve an extra charge for travel and time.

I also have experience of working as a counsellor, psychotherapist and counselling supervisor in the following charitable organisations: On Trak' Youth Counselling Service as Counselling Supervisor (Swindon, Wiltshire); Voluntary Counselling Supervisor for Willows Counselling Service (Wiltshire); Volunteer Counsellor with the Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS), offering counselling and support to adults who have previously experienced sexual violation in childhood, or more recently.

  • Adviza ('Connexions' Reading, Berkshire) counselling children and young people between the ages of 14 and 19 years.
  • MIND, Hampshire: counselling adults with a variety of mental health issues.
  • New Horizon Centre, London; where I worked as a coach and counsellor with young people between the ages of 16 to 23 years.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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

  • Individual Adults
  • Young Persons (16+ years)
  • Couples and Relationship Counselling
  • Family Groups

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual Therapy Sessions: 50 minutes session from £55

Discounted Rate Available for trainee counsellors (proof of attendance required); additional costs for written reports or references.

Couple sessions: From £100 -£120 Long wait time for evening appointments. Duration of sessions are approximately 75 minutes.

Individual Supervision: £65 per hour session.

Group or Shared Supervision: 4 persons, two hours duration; approximately allowing each person 30 mins. to share discussion/topics, i.e. related and relevant case material and discussions confidentially. Cost to be shared equally amongst group members, regardless of attendance. Telephone for availability and further details.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please email or telephone for an appointment. Currently, I have greater availability during weekdays, between 8am - 4pm. Please refer to the chart above, I attempt to keep this updated.

Further information

VIRTUAL THERAPY SESSIONS As an alternative to face to face counselling, I also offer sessions remotely via Zoom virtual meetings. An email address is required and access to a webcam, e.g. through a smartphone, tablet or PC. Payment in advance of session is required through a Bank Transfer of payment. Please contact for details.

Other areas I deal with:

  • Diversity, difference and equality
  • Personal development
  • Mentoring or Coaching

Practice location
When offering F2F counselling, I offer free parking and a safe and  confidential environment. To help me process your enquiry and arrange an appointment, please email or telephone, leaving a brief message stating:

  • your full name and address.
  • a contact telephone number
  • your availability for an initial discussion (Monday to Friday). If you prefer you can contact me via telephone or email to include the information above; please be sure to include your telephone number as I will not necessarily send a message by return email.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Royal Wootton Bassett
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Availability on request, alternative services such as telephone/web-based online appointments, home visits, so you can choose the option that suits you best. Please contact me via my mobile number to discuss the options available.

Additional languages

N/A

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I provide private supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions and currently work part-time as a Counselling Supervisor for On Trak (Swindon Borough Council) providing supervision for both trainee and qualified counsellors who engage with young persons’ requiring therapeutic support.

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Karen Gunn

Karen Gunn