Karen Gunn MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist; NCS (Accred) Supervisor
My private practice provides a safe and confidential space where you are able to discuss your concerns in a calm and supportive environment.
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 are confused and we become unclear on the choices we need to make. Often it is difficult to talk about the issues we face but with some understanding and purposeful structure, it is usually possible to find a new direction or a fresh approach to a problem.
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 counsellor can be difficult and I hope you will be able to contact me. I offer an initial assessment appointment where you can outline your 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), and I provide Clinical and Counselling Supervision to trainees, individual therapists, 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 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 and their families.
After my graduate training in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, I trained as an existential counsellor and psychotherapist with NSPC/Middlesex University. I look to explore any difficulties that may have arisen for you 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 and I encourage individuals to take responsibility for their 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, Person Centred, Psychoanalytic, Gestalt, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness.
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS Accredited)
- Masters in Foundations of Clinical Psychology (MSc.Clinical Psychology 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
- Certificate of Education: Leicester University
- Couple Counselling (COSRT approved)
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (KRCS)
- Rape Counselling Service (CPD and workshops)
- Trauma and Emotional Processing
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Families coping with Dementia
- Child Protection
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Sleep Disturbance
- Eating Disorders
- Mood Disorders
Current and past counselling and psychotherapy experience.
I have recently worked as a Psychology Practitioner for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. I also consult privately as a counsellor, psychotherapist and counselling supervisor.
The first assessment session is usually held at my private counselling room, near Royal Wootton Bassett. On occasions it is 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 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 men and women 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Individual Adults
- Teenagers and Young persons
- Family groups
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Individual Therapy Sessions: 60 minutes session = £50 - £65 depending on duration and number of sessions.
Couple sessions: Starting from £80 if a daytime session is booked, however evening appointments carry a starting fee of £95 per session. Duration of these sessions are 90 minutes and longer by arrangement.
Individual Counselling Supervision: £60 per 90 minute session.
Group/Shared Supervision: 4 persons, two hours duration; approximately allowing each person 30 mins. to share topics, i.e. related and relevant case material and discussions in a confidential space. Cost to be shared equally amongst group members, regardless of attendance. Telephone for availability and further details.
Discounted Rate: Some availability for counsellors or students in training (proof of attendance required); although additional cost for written reports or references.
Other areas I deal with:
- Diversity, difference and equality
- Personal development
- Mentoring or Coaching
I offer free parking and a confidential environment.
To help me process your enquiry and arrange an appointment, please telephone and leave a brief message speaking clearly, stating:
- your full name
- contact telephone number
- availability for an initial appointment (Monday to Friday)
If you prefer you can contact me via 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please Email or Telephone for an initial appointment.
Generally there is greater availability during daytime.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
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.