Karen Jones MBACP, Dip/HE, BA (Hons)
I believe that all individuals; have the capacity to cope and heal from life's challenges, when they have access to a supportive environment. My role as a counsellor and fellow human, is to help others to acknowledge and integrate their inner resources, so that they can enjoy a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
Occasionally life can throw us a curve ball and sometimes it throws several at once. At other times, however; there may be no known cause of distress and we might simply feel stuck, confused, anxious or depressed. It can be hard to know where to turn in such moments of despair, and even harder to know where to begin to make sense of our experience.
Many of us can feel conflicted between our need to express our inner feelings and desires, and our need to appease others, in order to feel accepted; within our family, social and work environments. In my view, the ideal way of being is when we find a balance, through integration of all aspects of ourselves, which will increase self-awareness and help us to become more resilient in our interactions with others. I aim to model this way of being; with my authentic, humble and fallible presence, and commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.
My approach values the therapeutic relationship, as the most important factor in facilitating the client's self-acceptance and positive psychological change. To this end, I will be present and engaged in dialogue as a real person, rather than a blank screen.
All thoughts and feelings are welcome and there is no such thing as 'getting it wrong'. I listen with curiosity and accept people just as they are and always hope that client's will perceive this, when they meet with me.
My work sometimes involves; tentative encouragement of body awareness, visualisation and creative exercises, when I believe these to be appropriate and beneficial.
I experience a sense of joy; when clients I work with, begin to really hear and trust in their own process, which enables them to feel more at peace with who they are. This is the main reason I am drawn to this kind of work.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, I adhere to their Ethical Framework, and work within safe therapeutic boundaries.
If you have visited this page, it means that you have already taken the courageous first step, in acknowledging that you may need or want some external support, and at this moment, are considering counselling, as an option. Whatever you decide, I hope that things will begin to seem better for you soon.
If you have any questions or would like to find out whether we will be able to work together, please contact me, using the details provided here, and feel free to visit my website for further information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
2018 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy certificate
2018 - Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy (Distinction)
2018 - Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice (BACP PDD)
2017 - Certificate in treating generalised anxiety and panic disorder (Mindbody Workshop)
2017 - Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Integrative Counselling @ University of Suffolk (2:1)
2015 - Certificate in conversational reframing
2015 - Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling @ University of Essex (Distinction grades and Dean’s letters received)
2012 - AQA Level 2 Counselling Skills
2011 - AQA Level 2 Counselling Concepts
January 2016 to September 2017 - Volunteer Counsellor at Colchester and Tendring Women's Refuge
November 2013 to May 2015 - Volunteer, Trainee Counsellor at Colchester Institute Counselling Service
January 2012 to November 2013 - Volunteer listener with Samaritans
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a mother and stepmother, I understand many of the pressures that parents face. I also know how family and friends can try to help by offering useful advice, and how this can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of ourselves. My approach encourages parents to explore and make sense of their own thoughts and feelings, so that they can learn to trust in their own abilities and find a greater sense of joy in life, with their families. I also appreciate that getting out of the house can be a struggle for new mothers; therefore in order to assist with this obstacle, I can visit you in the comfort of your home.
Conflict, separation and alienation
I also have experience of working with clients who had been involved in high conflict divorce, and separation. This has given me valuable insights into a controversial phenomenon where parents and grandparents have become alienated from their children/grandchildren. I understand the struggles people sometimes face, when working with the family court system and welfare services. I am not yet trained to become closely involved in legal issues, however I can support you in a non-directive and non-judgemental way. I can also signpost to a specialist agency should you require further intervention.
**Initial consultation - £20**
Subsequent Session fees:
Individual Counselling - £25 per session
Couples Counselling - £35 per session
Lower cost sessions available for trainee counsellors (block booking required following initial consultation)
I also offer individual telephone Counselling - £15 per session (payable by PayPal)
*Concessions may be available in some circumstances. Please contact me so that we can discuss your needs.
The duration of sessions is approximately 50 minutes. Couples sessions will be approximately 75 mins.
Minimum 24 hour cancellation notice is required.
My commitment to ethical practice, means that I meet regularly with a professional supervisor to ensure I am practising in a way which is safe and beneficial to clients. This also enables me to maintain and develop my own self-awareness. Client anonymity is protected at all times.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available by phone between 9am and 9pm, 7 days a week. Appointments can be scheduled to suit, depending on my current availability. Please contact to discuss.
Types of client