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Registered Member MBACP

About me

Hello, I'm Karen, and I would love to help you through whatever it is that has drawn you to look into having counselling at this point in your life.

It takes courage to recognise that something is not working for you and to contact someone to support you in finding a way through. So, it is important that you find someone who is right for you, who you feel comfortable with.

Here's a little about me to help you decide if I am right for you.

I was drawn to training as a counsellor from my lifelong interest in and intuitive understanding of people and care for them. Having worked in the UK and overseas in different roles – managing people in industry, working in education and in charities and having had my own struggles, I have a lived understanding that at times many of us are struggling but put on a brave face to get through. Yet sometimes, that doesn’t quite get us through...

Sometimes, you may feel a sense of needing to get on with it even though you are struggling, that things are going on for you that no-one seems to understand or be interested in. Are you struggling to cope and wonder if you will ever get out of it? Maybe there are changes that have happened or big decisions you are faced with and a wondering of who you are now - that no-one around you seems to get.

This is where I am able to help.

As a counsellor, I aim to understand your experience and to provide a safe therapeutic space for you to work through your pain and struggles in confidentiality, with empathy and without judgement. Having this support, being heard and believed, can be a huge relief as well as helping you to process and make sense of what is going on for you. Part of this process with me is likely to involve reflecting on things that happened to you in the past to shed some light on what is going on for you now.

Our work together can help ease your pain, and support you to cope more easily, to feel better about yourself and to make changes that help you to move forward. So if you have any questions or concerns before getting started, please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a background of working in community counselling organisations, in Tunbridge Wells and Horsham, and in Private Practice, supporting people working through their particular struggles. 

Before I retrained as a counsellor, I had various jobs including working as a Plant Pathologist, teaching English as a second language, and in charities and schools both overseas and in the UK.

Having appreciated therapeutic support through my own struggles and life changes I feel the great privilege of walking with others through theirs. 

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Mid-life stress
  • Questioning faith identity
  • Boarding School Syndrome
  • Cross-Cultural struggles


From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory twenty minute telephone or video-conferencing call to help work out if we are a good fit and to answer any questions you may have.  After that, we can arrange a first session to find out more and decide together on what meets your needs best at this time. 

I offer short-term (6-12 sessions) or open-ended longer term counselling. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested in finding out more.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have various availabilities both during the day and evening.  Please contact me to find out if our availabilities match.

Horsham, West Sussex, RH13

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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