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Karen Hough BA (Hons) MBACP

Southampton SO32 & Fareham PO16
07931 909 123 07931 909 123

About me

I am able to offer counselling services from my counselling practice based in Waltham Chase, Southampton.

Are you unhappy, anxious or struggling with day to day life?  Do you wish you could enjoy life more?  Have you been suffering from stress, depression or anxiety in your professional or personal life.  Would you like to make changes in the way you react or feel about things.  Together we can explore what is holding you back, what is getting in the way and identify the reasons for your feelings. I can support you through your journey of making those changes and moving on with your life with renewed confidence.

Having worked with in the NHS as a counsellor I have experience in working with clients who suffer from anxiety and depression. I am non-directive allowing my clients to work through their issues at their pace.  I offer a safe environment which enables a client to explore their problems without judgement or shame.

I am a specialist in dealing with bereavement and significant loss, which could include relationship breakdown, loss of health etc. 

My approach is predominantly based on Transactional Analysis which is a theory of personality and systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change.  I believe that everyone has the capacity to make the changes they desire in order to live a happier and more contented life.

As an experienced therapist I offer, a low cost, confidential first session to discuss your needs before you decided if you would like to proceed with further sessions.  I am a caring and approachable person and aim to provide support within a safe and trusting environment.   I work with both short and long term clients.

In order to be flexible during these times I ham happy to offer counselling via Skype, Zoom or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Based On Transactional Analysis

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Foundation Degree in Arts with Distinction in Humanistic Counselling Based on Transactional Analysis

PCE-CfD Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD)

CertEd (FE)

I run my own private practice alongside my teaching commitments as Head of Counselling at Peter Symonds Adult Education Centre.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Individual sessions are 50 minutes in duration and can be booked one at a time or in a block.  The overall number of sessions will depend on the nature of what you wish to explore and the pace at which you feel comfortable to work.  This can be discussed further at the first session. 

The fee for each session is £40.00

I offer concessions to students, unemployed, the elderly and trainee counsellors.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Further information

I am also able to offer Equine Assisted Therapy - please call to discuss this option.


The West Street Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre
11 West Street
PO16 0BG

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Day, evening and weekend appointments are available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Karen Hough BA (Hons) MBACP

Karen Hough BA (Hons) MBACP