Karen Hepburn BSc(Hons),Dip.(Couns),EMDR,MBACP

Karen Hepburn BSc(Hons),Dip.(Couns),EMDR,MBACP

Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

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Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

About me

I have 15 years experience working as an Integrative Counsellor and EMDR therapist, working with a wide range of issues relating to personal and work life. I offer a free initial telephone discussion of your needs and goals. Fees below or please call or email for further details.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

As a Counsellor, I believe it is important in my role to utilise my skill, expertise and knowledge to ensure you address issues that are impacting on your own mental health. I work with you to empower and enhance your life utilising your own inner resources to resolve and heal past and present issues.

I am able to work with a diverse range of issues and believe the client knows themselves better than anyone. We will work from your own perspective in relation to your needs, therefore, making a positive change within your life to understand and to be able to cope in a more constructive, different way that is more conducive to your everyday life and others around you.

We will work together to explore the relationship between your thoughts, emotions and behaviour's enabling you to progress through the process of therapy helping you overcome the problems or issues and feel more in control of your daily life.

I work with a wide range of issues relating to

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Confidence Building
  • Anger Management
  • Bullying
  • Trauma past and present
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Life skills
  • Abuse Sleep difficulties
  • Low mood
  • Overcoming personal issues
  • Relationships
  • Lifestyle
  • Sexual violence
  • Historic childhood abuse
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Further areas, please see below.

I have a background in health and fitness, therefore, work from a holistic perspective with clients to enhance self-care. I have worked within various work environments and have gained perspective on the diversity of workplaces, therefore, understand the pressures and challenges that some environments evoke.

I offer one to one counselling sessions in beautiful tranquil surroundings at Jesmond Therapy Centre offering a safe confidential place for clients to engage in therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience - I qualified as a Counsellor in 2002 and have worked in a variety of mental health organisations such as Mind and previously Women's Support Network and Jigsaw (now Arch), York Women's Aid, SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Action for Children and Place2be.

I have continued my professional development by adding to my repertoire of skills and knowledge with further training in other therapies so I am able to apply what the clients needs at that present time within the therapy process.

Education and Training -

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), Forensic Psychology
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy

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£52 per hour face to face Counselling

£65 per hour EMDR

£40 per hour telephone Counselling

Please contact me regarding reduced rates for students and unemployed.

If you would like to contact me to discuss what form of therapy you may benefit from and would be most helpful we can arrange an initial appointment in the form of an informal face to face assessment that would be at a reduced rate of £47.

Further information

What is Counselling?

Counselling involves a series of formal sessions where the therapist and the client talk about the client’s issues and feelings. The sessions take place at a regular, agreed time and in a ‘safe’ private place where the client and therapist will not be overheard or interrupted.

Therapy may involve talking about life events, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The therapist will listen, encourage and empathise, but will also challenge to help the client to see their issues more clearly or in a different way.

Counselling is not about giving advice or opinions, nor is it a friendly chat with a friend. The therapist helps the client to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to resolve or cope with their situation.

People seek counselling to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues. They may be experiencing difficult and distressing events in their lives, such as bereavement, divorce, health issues or job concerns. Or they may have more general underlying feelings of anxiety or dissatisfaction with life.

Some clients feel isolated and have no one else to talk to, but even people with supportive family and friends can find it difficult to talk to them about feeling anxious or depressed. Or they may just find it easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with an independent and professional therapist.

(BACP Website)

What is EMDR? (Eye Movements Desensitization Reprocessing)

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this
natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement
(REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitisation and
Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilising this natural process in order to successfully treat
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively
treat a wide range of mental health problems.

EMDR is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.

What can EMDR be used for?
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been
successfully used to treat:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • depression
  • stress
  • phobias
  • sleep problems
  • complicated grief
  • addictions
  • pain relief
  • phantom limb pain
  • self-esteem and performance anxiety

EMDR UK Website

IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy)

Having relationships, whether family-based, platonic or romantic, is part and parcel of what makes us human. For the most part, these relationships enrich our lives and offer vital social interaction. Relationships are however incredibly complex by nature - and the way we deal with them can have a significant impact on our mental well-being.

Interpersonal therapy primarily focuses on the way our relationships affect us and also how other mental health difficulties can affect our relationships. Helping with a variety of concerns, the therapy has been recommended for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Also referred to as IPT therapy, interpersonal therapy is a structured, time-limited therapy that typically works intensely on established interpersonal issues. The underlying belief of interpersonal therapy is that psychological symptoms (such as depression) are often a response to difficulties we have interacting with others. The resulting symptoms can then also affect the quality of these interactions, causing a cycle. The thought process behind the therapy is that once a person is capable of interacting more effectively with those around them, the psychological symptoms can improve.

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Maps & Directions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 2AR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Day and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme