Karen Hart - Dip. Couns. MBACP
I believe passionately that counselling can be transformative for clients who may have aspects of their life they are struggling with. Being open to change and finding a counsellor you feel comfortable with, are both key to personal growth and effective change.
I offer a confidential, warm, empathic, and safe space in Hildenborough for you to join me in exploring those challenging areas of your life which might include relationships with others and perhaps also yourself.
What is counselling?
An opportunity to sit with a trained professional who will listen without judgment, facilitate exploration of your difficulties which leads to greater understanding of what is right for you and what your needs might be - often leading to positive change.
It is the development of a boundaried, therapeutic relationship between us which promotes and supports healing and growth.
It is a regular commitment to yourself, of weekly therapy to offer the greatest chance of change being effective.
What to expect in your first session
A free 45 minute session when we will discuss what has brought you to counselling and where we can both assess if we feel we can work together. I will also be asking for some background information including GP name and address and other basic medical questions to ensure I am competent to work with you.
If I feel I am unable to support your requirements I will refer you on to other organisations or individuals that may be able to.
Once we have agreed to work together including a day and time each week for our sessions, then our work is led by you. You are your own expert and together, we can build an understanding of your world and in sessions, consider alternative ways of being which may be more useful and effective. The relationship we build will offer opportunities for reflection and a greater understanding of what may be holding you back, keeping you stuck, and also, what supports you and enables you to grow.
We can work for a specified number of weeks or until you feel you are ready to end our sessions - regular reviews of our work will enable us to ensure we are addressing your needs and for changes to be made if and when required.The focus is on you, your feelings, thoughts and behaviours and how you respond to any intervention will guide us.
I work with Adults and also Young People between 11-18 and use a mix of theories as an integrative counsellor. Creative work is an option always, and I'll be led by you if you feel this is a way you would like to work.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling - BACP accredited.
- Cert. Counselling Studies - CPCAB
- Cert. Counselling Skills - CPCAB
- Registered member of BACP.
I have a private practice based in Hildenborough and am a school counsellor working with Young People aged 11-18 as part of Kent Counselling for Schools. In addition, I also work within an NHS setting with Young People and Adults and have worked with West Kent Mind as a counsellor working with Adults.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I have available sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the last session at 7pm.