About me

Are you wanting to change, think about how to do things differently, or understand yourself a little better?  Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties currently and have been thinking about attending counselling but are unsure what to expect?

Sometimes it can feel difficult to talk to those closest to us when we feel worried, anxious or uncertain. Through counselling I can support you to explore and understand your thoughts and feelings safely and without judgement.  I am a warm and compassionate counsellor and can help you explore :

- how you are feeling
- how to understand and address problems and confusion 
- how to manage uncertainty and change better

I am an integrative counsellor, working from a person centred perspective. This means I use a number of different types of counselling theories, depending on what you would like to talk to me about and, most importantly, what feels right for you.

I work with anyone aged 18 or over on a short or long term basis.  I work face to face and on the phone.

If you are considering whether you would like to try counselling and/or choosing a counsellor, I realise this can sometimes feel difficult. I hope the information in my profile will be helpful and please do contact me if you would like some further information to help you with this decision.


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP and undertake ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Certificate in Counselling - University of the West of England (UWE)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) - University of the West of England (UWE)
  • TA 101
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Working with Shame
  • Level 2 Adult Safeguarding / Level 2 Child Protection / Prevent Duty
  • Level 1 and 2 Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse


  • I have been working in private practice for the last 5 years.
  • I have set up and managed counselling services for unpaid family carers.
  • I have been a member of the BACP Older Peoples Expert Reference Group and have experiencing of setting up and running counselling services for older people.
  • I have experience of counselling in GP practices and in the charity / voluntary sector.

I have a wide range of experience of supporting people with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low mood
  • relationship difficulties
  • family problems
  • loss
  • bereavement
  • anger
  • guilt and shame
  • managing change and uncertainty
  • work problems
  • Illness and its impact on you and other people
  • life changes
  • being a carer and your caring role coming to an end

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in the NHS for 10 years as a Complaints and PALS Manager. I provided support to patients, their families and carers on a daily basis and am very experienced in supporting people in distress as a result of illness, disability or as a result of bereavement.

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.


£40.00 per session

Additional information

  • Sessions are £40 each.  Initial session is offered at a reduced rate of £25.
  • Some concessions available - please ask for further details
  • Fees are payable by bank transfer 24 hours in advance, or immediately after the session.

  • All sessions are 50 minutes in length


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am currently unable to take on any new clients until end of October.

Further information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am currently working by phone and Zoom.  I do however have some spaces for new clients so please do get in touch with me if you would like further details or to discuss this further. 

Parking and public transport:

Free parking on site
Additional on road parking in the surrounding area, free after 5pm
Bike racks are available on site
Bristol Temple Meads Station is a 15 minute walk away
Buses: U1 stops directly outside the clinic / 500/501 stops on Coronation Road

Southville Clinic
68 Coronation Road


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

I work on the second floor of the building but lift access is available.

Karen Hurley

Karen Hurley