Karen Hopkins UKCP, Online Psychotherapy and Counselling
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, working in central London.* I work with individual adults either for an agreed amount of time or on an open-ended basis. I offer a safe and confidential space in which to explore the issues that bring you to therapy.
Who do I work with?
I work with people from all works of life, ages and professions. I find that I work best with people that are curious about how they find themself where they are and are now ready to commit to therapy and engage with the process of change.
I am experienced in working with a range of issues including attachment issues, grief and loss, sadness and depression, life transitions, overcoming difficult childhood experiences, low self-esteem, and relationship breakdowns.
How do I work?
I strive to balance the past and the present, using psychodynamic theory to understand your internal world, understanding of relationships and sense of self. This means that we would seek to understand your current issues within the context of your past experiences, relationships and attachment. In seeking to understand you I always remain mindful of the realities of your lived experiences and the impact that issues such as class, gender and racial oppression has on us.
I draw on object relations theory when thinking about how a "mind" has developed in relation to others in the early environment and how internalised images of others continue to exert an influence on us in the here and now.
How I can help?
Through therapy, I will help you make sense of both past and present experiences, that are still affecting you now. Help you to examine patterns of relating and behaving, so that you can develop a better relationship with yourself and others.
While I believe that an understanding of the past is essential, positive change occurs in the present. The process of therapy will help you to develop more self-awareness and an increased capacity for self-reliance, enabling you to develop your potential in your own way.
I will encourage you to take an active part in therapy and to continue to seek insight and growth outside of our sessions.
Our first session will be an opportunity for us to meet get a sense of each other and to decide if we would like to work together. Think of it like a check-in where I will ask lots of question to get a sense of you and for you to get a sense of me. At the end of the session, we will have an idea if we would like to continue.
If we decide to work together, sessions are 50 minutes long, and we will meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time. For the foreseeable future sessions will be held online using Zoom, FaceTime or Skype*.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Minster Centre, where I graduated with the following qualifications:
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling
I am a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and have completed their training in Trauma and Dissociation. I am currently undertaking EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy training.
I have worked in low-cost services with people experiencing a myriad of difficulties, including anxiety and depression, childhood neglect, childhood sexual abuse, prejudice, attachment and abandonment, grief and loss, trauma and dissociative disorders.
In addition to my private practice, I worked as an adult psychotherapist within the NHS for several years, where I saw people with moderate to severe mental health and psychological problems. I have worked extensively with people diagnosed with conditions related to complex trauma.
I am a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accredited psychotherapist and I adhere to their Code of Ethics. I am a counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Major life transitions
- Difficult childhood experiences: abuse, trauma or neglect
- Race and identity issues
My fees per 50 minute session range between £70-£85 per session.
I accept health insurance and I am a recognised Private Practitioner with the following insurers:
- Aetna (AGB)
- AXA Health
- Vitality Health Insurance
Please ask about this if you'd like to pay through insurance.