Karen Hunter Kriwald

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Bournemouth BH4 & Cheltenham GL54
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am here to work with you if you have been struggling with trauma symptoms, with anxiety or with depression. My hope is that you will feel a little better with every session. Together we'll work to get you a fulfilling, peaceful and happier life. Whatever you have been through, there is a way forwards which I am sure we will find as we partner together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained in the Human Givens approach, qualifying in early 2018. This approach offers a clear understanding of what we all need to feel emotionally well and be able to flourish in our individual lives:

  • Security – safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
  • Attention - to give it to and receive it from significant others
  • Sense of autonomy and control – being able to make responsible choices about our own lives
  • Emotional intimacy – to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are
  • Community – feeling connected to a group or groups beyond family
  • Status – being appreciated for our contributions within the social groupings of which we are a part
  • Privacy – opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
  • Achievement – when you can say to yourself: “I’m glad I did that!”
  • Meaning – which comes from being stretched in what we do and how we think.

​​When one or more of these needs are not met in balance, which can happen to all of us from time to time, we may experience emotional distress and find it hard to chart a way through our difficulties.  

I have worked extensively with veterans, paramedics, police and their families to relieve the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma related symptoms.

Member organisations

Human Givens Institute (HGI)

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Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute
Accredited Register Scheme

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Human Givens Institute


£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Refugees

Additional information

My fee reflects my skill and the effectiveness of the Human Givens approach. I aim to enabling clients to reach their goals swiftly.

When I work

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Further information

I work for the charity PTSD Resolution that provides free counselling to veterans and their families, and with The Red Poppy Company that works mainly, but not solely, with paramedics.

Milner Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4

Chedworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54

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Karen Hunter Kriwald
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