Karen Hughes PG Dip Couns Reg MBACP

Karen Hughes PG Dip Couns  Reg MBACP

The Well
1st Floor, 18A Dunreven Place
CF31 1JD


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About me

I am a trained counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work from a Relational Integrative Model that draws upon Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural approaches. Working in an integrative way means I can work flexibly and collaboratively with you, respectful of your individuality and of the issues and difficulties that may be causing you distress.

My aim is to help you in gain insight and  awareness of the potential you have within you and to realise the changes you want to make. Together, we may explore experiences and relationships from your past that may have a negative impact upon how you think, feel and behave in the present, and in doing so gain new perspectives, empowering you to make positive choices and create new possibilities that you want to make for your future.

The relationship we create together is very important to me and is at the centre of my work. I strive to create a safe, compassionate and supportive environment that provides you with an opportunity to explore, at your own pace, the areas of your life that are troubling you. A non judgemental space in which you have the opportunity to feel heard, acknowledged and empowered, and, one which fosters a sense of hope and new meaning.

I have 12 years experience of working with survivors of domestic abuse, with the last 4 years as a specialist counsellor within this field. I have been a counsellor for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within a specialist counselling service and I have provided counselling within an established generic counselling service. Therefore, I have worked extensively with a wide range of issues and difficulties that many people struggle to cope with such as anxiety and depression,often associated with experiences of trauma and loss.

I can offer for daytime and and evening appointments including a Saturday morning.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)  University of Wales Newport

Certificates in Counselling at Bridgend College

Diploma in Welfare Studies at Bridgend College

Professional Development  Training and Workshops
Extensive training in working with domestic abuse including  :

Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor ( IDVA),

Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender  Relationships   (LGBT)

Honour Based Violence

Extensive training in relation to  adult survivors of childhood sexual Abuse including :

An Approach to Working More Safely with Trauma

Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities

Women who Sexually Abuse

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Making Trauma Therapy Safe (Babette Rothschild)

Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS) including:

Working with Relational Trauma

Dealing with Disorganised Attachment

Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery

Understanding Eating Disorders ( Kel O’Neil)

Mindfulness 8 week course (Learn 2 B)

I am committed to pursuing further professional development to enhance my practice and work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


My fees are £40 for a 1 hour appointment, however under special circumstances I am willing to discuss a concession.

Maps & Directions

Bridgend, CF31 1JD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I can offer both daytime and evening appointments also Saturday morning appointments depending upon room availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme