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About me

I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner working in central London.* I work with individuals 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 all.

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.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a trauma therapy that helps people to recover from trauma and other distressing experiences. EMDR therapy helps the brain to process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

EMDR treats single traumatic events, attachment traumas and distressing life events. Single event traumas are one-off events such as a serious accident, a personal assault and a robbery or mugging. Attachment trauma refers to the psychological wounding received at the hands of our caregivers or significant others. This does not need to be explicit physical or sexual abuse, and can be the result of secondary trauma due to traumatic things you have witnessed.

EMDR therapy can help with a wide range of issues including:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Chronic Illness, medical issues and pain management
  • Depression
  • Difficult childhood experiences
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem and limiting self-beliefs
  • PTSD and stress-related issues
  • Sexual assault
  • Violence and abuse

Psychosexual and relationship therapy

Psychosexual therapy can help individuals with communication, relationship, sex or intimacy issues. Psychosexual therapy is a type of talking therapy designed to help address the psychological and emotional factors that are impacting sexual and relationship satisfaction.

It might be that your sex life or relationships have been impacted by difficult childhood experiences or by previous sexual trauma. I have completed specialist training in trauma and EMDR. I can support you in processing these memories and help you to develop greater sexual self-esteem and better relationships.

Perhaps, you are single and struggling to form a lasting relationship. Therapy can be useful in helping to identify unconscious relationship patterns or intimacy issues. Gaining a better understanding of yourself will allow you over time to develop better more satisfying relationships.

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

Training

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

Advanced Training

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy
  • Somatic Trauma Therapy

Ongoing Training

I am currently undertaking advanced training in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy with the Centre for Psychosexual Health.

Experience

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.

Professional Memberships

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).

I am a member of EMDR Association UK.

I am a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

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

UK Council for 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

  • Major life transitions
  • Difficult childhood experiences: abuse, trauma or neglect
  • Race and identity issues

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My fees per 50 minute session range between £70-£95 per session.

I accept health insurance and I am a recognised Private Practitioner with the following insurers:

  • Aetna (AGB)
  • Aviva
  • AXA Health
  • Cigna
  • Vitality Health Insurance

Please ask about this if you'd like to pay through insurance.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Skype
Karen Hopkins UKCP acred, Online Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy

Karen Hopkins UKCP acred, Online Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy