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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 am a Relate trained Couple Therapist, 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, EMDR (eye movement, desensitisation and reprocessing) 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. I am trained and experienced in phone and webcam counselling, both very effective ways of working.

The support I can offer, provides a route towards processing loss, building coping strategies, working through difficulty with trust, self-esteem, connection, dysfunction, hurt and anger.

When we want something to change, it can help to safely turn towards the feelings, to process and unpack them, work towards alternative coping mechanisms.

Our sessions can be somewhere to do this. Using your own inner resources and the frame of our work together, building a route through relationship and emotional distress. Counselling can provide us with an external resource too, to aid us in tapping into our inner strengths and resources. Sessions offer a chance to reflect, to consider alternative perspectives and to try out alternative coping strategies.

What To Expect

After assessment and contracting*, in our sessions together, we will start with a chance to talk through how you're feeling, what's been difficult and how you'd like things to be. This helps to focus our work and make good use of the time that we have**.

You may want to look at what has come before or keep the focus on how things will change in the future.

We can look at a range of approaches for working with individual issues and relationship distress. This might include explorations of communication patterns, working through the complexities of family relationships and history or unpacking thoughts around self-belief and esteem.

Our lives centre around the quality of our relationships and it's here that we, together, could make a difference.

[*Assessment is about being sure what you are looking for matches the competencies I can offer. Contracting outlines what you expect from me and what I expect as a counsellor in return].

[**Following assessment, it may be in the interest of clients to make an onward referral, for the best possible care and support]

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

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Relate)
  • IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relations)
  • Mentalization-based Therapy for Parenting under Pressure (Tavistock Relations)
  • EMDR Therapy Training
  • BA Hons Degree
  • Diploma Counselling Children and Young People
  • Mindfulness Practitioner Teacher Training course (Professional listing on UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers)
  • Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • Helping Skills (Counselling Skills)

Training

  • Mental Health First Aid (Mind)
  • Understanding Sex & Porn Addiction
  • Working with Shame
  • 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
  • Foundation of Infant Loss Counsellor training
  • Counselling with a Sexual Focus
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy
  • Online Counselling Using Digital Technology
  • Play Therapy Skills and Principles
  • GDPR and personal data handling
  • Health Advocate training

Professional Bodies

  • Accredited 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

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.

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

Couple therapy for depression CTfD

EMDR Therapy 

Mindfulness

Mentalization Based Therapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling Fees

Face to face, Webcam/ phone counselling fees

Individual Counselling - £50 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £50 for each session.

Couple Phone/Webcam Counselling - £50 for the Initial Consultation, and thereafter £50 for each session.

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 NHS as a Counsellor/EMDR Therapist and 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. I have worked on a voluntarily basis for Place2Be in primary school, counselling children on a long term basis.

All of my work is supervised and I work within 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.

One Life
Park Road
Hartlepool
Durham
TS24 7PW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Karen Harrisskitt

Karen Harrisskitt