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BACP reg., BA (Hons) Psychology, Post-Grad Dip Counselling.

About me

Imagine you could borrow another person’s brain. Imagine if you could plug in and use that brain to help solve all the issues, problems and behaviours that are tangled in your own head and holding you back in life. Essentially, this is what counselling offers: a chance to borrow a brain and get a professionally trained viewpoint on your problems in the present, and understand how - surprisingly often - those issues relate to things that have happened in your past. Unpicking your tangled ‘stuff’ with a therapist can completely transform your future. 

What ‘stuff’ am I talking about? That really varies from person to person but I have helped clients with anxiety and panic attacks, self-harm, depression and feeling ‘stuck’, identity issues, OCD, recovery from trauma and/or sexual or emotional abuse, relationship difficulties, low confidence, eating disorders and bereavement and loss, as well as many people who find they are drifting through life and feel they have lost connection with who they really are. 

My approach is to tailor the style of counselling to the issues and needs that you bring in an approach that I call ‘Supportive Psychotherapy’.  We will look at how the past influences the present and how behaviours are often formed and driven by the unconscious, rather than controlled by your ‘head’.  I will aim to understand and empower and support you to become your true self, to help you to become aware of your choices and put you back in the driving seat of your own life. I might use life coaching techniques and warm encouragement as our work together progresses; as your life and sense of self starts to grow and change and your horizons expand. 

I like to explain the process to my clients like this: in life, we all drag around our individual suitcases, spilling over with our 'stuff'. In your counselling sessions, we will sit together and unpack your stuff, examine each thing carefully and then repack it in a way that makes it easier for you to carry. We will wonder about your patterns of relating to others and explore who you are and who you want to be. 

Two brains really are better than one. Let’s figure you out together. 

What do my clients say? 

"I have changed my career path, settled into a relationship and begun to find my voice again." 

(A, Bedford) 

"I'm now starting to enjoy life and so look forward to what lies ahead." (M, Milton Keynes) 

"No judgements, just huge support - Karen has been wonderful." 

(J, Bedford) 

"I felt like I was looking through the window, watching other people enjoy their lives. Now I am inside the room and I'm living. I just feel happier and more at peace." (V, Leighton Buzzard).

Training, qualifications & experience

A bit about me. I have an honours degree in Psychology and trained and worked as an Associate with the Bedford Counselling Foundation where I got my post-graduate diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I also worked as part of the prisoner counselling service at Bedford Prison. I now run a busy private practice, Wonderland Counselling, and am a director of TinyMinds, a new resource for new parents, and TeenMinds, a mental health resource for teenagers.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Self harm in teenagers
  • Midlife crisis
  • Feeling stuck
  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling lost
  • General unhappiness
  • Eating issues
  • Control issues around food
  • Eating as self harm
  • Covid anxiety
  • Returning to life after Covid
  • Anxious teens
  • Repeating puzzling behaviours

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions are 50 minutes once a week, via Skype or in-person (in Hockliffe), and cost £45.

Please email to find out my current availability and to ask any questions.

Further information

Most clients are currently working very successfully via Skype: I currently see people from as far away as Dubai and Edinburgh. 

Hockliffe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Skype

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