Karen Imber Accred. Registered MBACP Experienced Counsellor IG10, IG8, IG9, E4
Who Am I
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Practitioners) and adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics (Ethical Framework)
I am an integrative counsellor meaning that I draw from several different therapeutic models so that I can tailor the therapy to the unique needs of each person by utilising aspects and techniques from a number of different approaches including Person Centred Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt. I feel this is an important aspect of the work that I do as one single type of therapy is not necessarily going to suit everyone.
To help clients find their way the tools during therapy can include: art therapy, Sandplay/miniature creative work
How Can I Help
People may think they have to struggle on alone with their difficulties feeling it would be ‘weak’ or ‘embarrassing’ to ask someone for help. Talking to an experienced therapist such as myself, can help you gain a better insight into what is stopping you perhaps from feeling happy or preventing your life moving forward and provides a confidential, supportive environment for self-discovery.
There may be many reasons for wanting to begin counselling; a recent or current crisis or loss, or you may feel the time has come to take a closer look at those problems that seem all too familiar; there may be areas of your life that feel difficult, painful, unfulfilled or stuck. I work collaboratively with clients to assist them to make positive change and for personal development.
How we feel, think and behave are incredibly interwoven and once we gain an understanding over these areas we can start to unlock our hidden true potential and with that comes a greater sense of choice and well-being. Such understanding helps us to make decisions about the things we may wish to change, but also come to terms with those things that we cannot change.
My aim and goal as a therapist is to seek to understand your experience of life from your perspective, offering a safe, confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment where you are able to explore and make sense of any challenges you feel are holding you back or difficulties you are experiencing, gaining a greater understanding of yourself to enable you to navigate challenges that you encounter.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP)
Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Existential; Person Centred; Gestalt; CBT)
Art Therapy Training
Play Therapy Training
Substance Abuse Training
Loss and Grief Training
Domestic Violence Training (Male and Female)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone consultation and discussion
£45 - £55 individual fee for 50 minute session
Reduced rate for clients not in work/receiving benefits (please ask)
I am able to offer both short (6-12 weeks) and long term counselling (open-ended)
Cancellation Policy: I will, wherever, possible, try to accommodate requests to reschedule appointments within the same week. However, I do require 48 hours notice to cancel a session.
Please feel free to email me.
Working as a school counsellor (ages 11-15)
Working within the NHS: Specialising in Loss & Grief/trauma
Working with adults and teenagers in agency settings
I engage in on-going continued professional development, attending specialist training, conferences, courses and workshops for the updating and development of my knowledge and skills.
I run a private practice which offers a safe and private environment, easily accessible by both train, bus or car, seeing adults and young people. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged so please do ask. As well as Loughton, I am also available to practice in South Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, and Chingford.