Karen Horrocks MSc (Psych), CTA (Psychotherapy), Dip.Psych., Dip. Couns.
Hello. I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, using Transactional Analysis (TA), working with clients over the past 20 years.
I appreciate how difficult it must be, in these uncertain times, to consider undertaking something new and daunting, such as therapy.
Whilst the Coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, for the ongoing personal safety of myself and my clients, I will continue to work with clients 100% online, using Skype and Zoom. This may appear to be an impersonal way of working, but I have found it still possible to provide a confidential, comfortable space, in which to offer effective counselling and psychotherapeutic support to individuals and to couples.
My focus is upon helping clients to gain personal insight and understanding of their difficulties, working with them in how to move forward, and facilitating their growth, change and transformation.
I offer short-term, medium-term or long-term working together, which is decided upon by our having a mutual conversation about what you are seeking.
I have worked with a wide range of client concerns, including: depression/feeling low, bereavement & loss, low self-esteem, stress & anxiety, work-related issues, anger, self-harm, suicidal thoughts & feelings, sexuality-related issues, and relationship problems - especially communication difficulties.
My particular interest is in helping people who have suffered or are currently experiencing trauma. I have worked with men and women from a range of backgrounds who have undergone mental, physical and sexual abuse, and/or who have found themselves impacted by devastating circumstances, past or present. I also value working with couples around communication and relationship issues.
I use a Relational Approach, using the unique therapeutic relationship between me and each client as a way to help us mutually understand the personal dynamics of each person, the way they interact with themselves, and with the world. We can then work out together what is working well, and what patterns of thinking, feeling and behavour are perhaps causing pain and distress, and need changing. Our therapeutic relationship is also the means by which this change can be facilitated.
I find that TA offers a valuable "psychological toolkit" with which to help clients better understand their own thinking, feeling and behaviour, and that of others. It also provides models and ways of how to start bringing about some form of personal change for themselves, and/or in their interactions with others.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having trained at Metanoia Institute, London, I am a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) in the field of Psychotherapy, and gained my:
MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (November 2018)
Clincial Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (November 2018)
Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis (November 2004).
I have over 15 years experience of running my own private practice in the UK, as well as having almost 4 years prior experience of working with clients in a local GP practice. For several years I taught adult groups on a number of 10 week courses in Basic Counselling Skiils, as well as a Foundation Year in Counselling (CPCAB) at a local Adult Education Centre. I also ran a number of workshops, including Assertiveness and Building Self Esteem, for both staff and client groups.
Previously, working as a Counsellor & Trainee Psychotherapist for nearly 5 years in New Zealand, within a Counselling Agency and within my own private practice, I also gained personal insight into some of the rigours and challenges relocation can bring.
Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
The International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)
International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA)
European Asssociation of Transactional Analysis (EATA)
United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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