About me

I believe that each client requires an individual and tailored counselling approach.

I provide a professional and confidential counselling service in Leigh-on-Sea & Southend-on-Sea. I work in an integrative way, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR,Transactional Analysis and Person Centred approaches. I think it is important to tailor my approach to the needs of the individual as I do not believe that one approach is appropriate for everyone.

I am experienced in working with children and teenagers as well as adults. Whether you need help to deal with anxiety, panic attacks, anger, low self-esteem or confidence. I also work with bereavement and loss, addiction, co-dependence, confidence, self esteem, domestic abuse, health anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and family or relationship problems.

I offer a mindfulness program if required and a range of alternative health coaching, I have a holistic approach to health. I am trained in Supervision and work for Mind along side with my personal Practise.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) member Counsellor/Psychotherapist (www.bacp.co.uk). I work within the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I did not become a counsellor until I was in my early forties, having spent 20 years working in Banking and finance and the health industries. This means that I am able to bring a wealth of life experience to my counselling work, which I believe is very important for a counsellor. I currently have a private practice in Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea in Essex and have experience working as a Counsellor in a Secondary School for children. I also have worked with ex-offenders and addicts with the 12 step program, I offer a mindfulness program if required and a range of alternative health coaching, I have a holistic approach to the mind and body.


  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • Practitioner Diploma in Counselling Theory and Skills
  • Trained Supervisor
  • Trained EMDR practitioner

Member organisations


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


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees are dependant on circumstance


Please contact for availability



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer Supervision for Counsellors and Trainees.

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Karen Haynes

Karen Haynes