Karen Harrisskitt (BA Hons, BACP Member)

Karen Harrisskitt (BA Hons, BACP Member)



07879 884015 / 01429 283688

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About me

Hello, my name is Karen. I offer a trusting, warm and open environment to work therapeutically with you and share a space which provides you with an opportunity to talk in confidence and without judgement. I understand that at times, life can put pressure and strain on anyone and we can struggle to have clarity of thought when things become overbearing.

Working with a counsellor is a helpful experience when you are facing difficulties that may be impacting on your life, relationships or wellbeing. I can offer you support to work through those difficulties. I have experience in working therapeutically with couples, individuals and children. I am able to offer flexible appointment times.

My approach combines psychodynamic, systemic, mentalization, mindfulness and play therapy for children, this means that I can draw from a range of different types of therapies to best support you the client(s) to understand your current situation and how this may be impacting on you. Together, we can explore how you can learn to accept things or make adjustments to move forwards.

I work with individuals and couples for many different reasons, my approach is to draw on the modality which suits your needs best, in a confidential, calm, empathetic, sensitive and respectful way.

Thank you for reading more about me, if you think I may be the right counsellor for you or have any questions please call for a chat or email any questions to me.

If I am not the right counsellor for you I wish you well in finding support, I would encourage you to speak to somebody you can trust to help understand your difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience


Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Relate)

IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relations)

Mentalization-based Therapy for Parenting under Pressure (Tavistock Relations)

Mindfulness Practitioner Teacher Training course (Professional listing on UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers)

BA Hons Degree

L4 Counselling Children (Place2Be - ongoing)

Award in Mental Health Awareness

Helping Skills (Counselling Skills)


Mental Health First Aid (Mind)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Mind)

Mindfulness Practitioner Training programme

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Mental Health: Awareness

Suicidal Risk and Support

GDPR and personal data handling

Health Advocate training

Professional Bodies

Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Member of Institute of Family Therapy (IAFT)

Listed on UK Network of approved Mindfulness Teachers

Chartered Member of the institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)

Member organisations



Counselling Fees

Individual Counselling - £35 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £40 for each session.

Couples Counselling - £40 for the Initial Consultation and £45 for subsequent sessions.

Children's Counselling - £30 for the initial consultation and £35 for subsequent sessions (I am currently able to offer this reduction as I am currently undergoing additional training in this area).

The duration of each session is 50 minutes. I ask that you pay for each session 24 hours in advance by bank transfer or by cash at the start of each session, cancellations are required 24 hours in advance.

Further information

Along with my private practice, I have experience of working within primary care settings as a Psychological Therapist working with individuals who are experiencing difficulties which impact on their wellbeing.

I work within the charity sector as a Relationship Therapist, working with couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship. I also offer specialist work with couples where one or both partners are experiencing depression and with couples where there is high conflict and they share concern about the impact of this on their children. More recently I have begun working voluntarily for Place2Be in primary school, counselling children on a long term basis.

All of my work is supervised and I work within Relate, Place2Be and BACP ethical guidelines, and within the ethical standards of UK network for Mindfulness Teachers.

As a counsellor I am open, warm, develop a trust and space which can be used to share their concerns or fear and I am committed to self-development and self-reflexivity.

I am a mindfulness teacher, listed on the UK Network of approved Mindfulness practitioners. I deliver Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme to private groups and businesses and I work in collaboration with ManHealth CIC, a local organisation supporting Men experiencing depression and mental health challenges.

Maps & Directions

Sunderland, SR3
Billingham, TS23

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I can currently offer appointments during the day, some evenings and Saturday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme