Karen Joy Langley

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High Wycombe, BUCKS, HP13 7HB
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi my name is Joy,

I can work with you ONLINE / REMOTELY via zoom or Whatsapp.

I've worked as a CBT Therapist in High Wycombe for 18 years with adults. I understand the issues faced by women, but also the different way these appears for men.

Having experienced depression in my mid-20s I know the suicidal dark thoughts and places it can take you ...Luckily I survived to fight another day.  So when I trained to be a Counsellor /CBT Therapist I wanted to specialise in treating anxiety & depression, as they are both debilitating and potentially life threatening illnesses.

I also talk to you about 'Grief.'  This includes all types of loss (work, home, redundancies, relationships, death of friends & family etc). But I also have personal experience of a family member claiming their life via suicide. Whichever event that might be happening to you right now, it's a lonely, consuming and distressing experience.

If you're reading this perhaps you're experiencing:

  • WORRY / "WHAT IF..." moments?
  • DEPRESSION / LOW MOODS (feeling lost & demotivated)

These emotional difficulties can :

  • stop you living your life to the full
  • stop you enjoying your career, personal relationships, and full health
  • and at their worst cause you to have thoughts of self-harm & suicide


Clients enjoy working with CBT strategies because: "It motivates you to take an active interest in weekly improvements to your emotional & psychological HEALTH."

For those who enjoy the feeling of "DOING SOMETHING" and not being a passive receiver, handouts and home tasks are set between sessions. These help sharpen your self-awareness, build your confidence, and openness to testing assumptions & beliefs. Gathering evidence in this way provide the brain with new information to reinforce or break engrained thoughts & beliefs.


Human-beings are quite smart, so we find lots of temporary solutions to relieve our anxiety, stay in denial of our problems, and  mistakenly think these keep things under control, for example:

  • numbing feelings with alcohol, recreational drugs, pornography
  • taking days off work / working longer hours (workaholic)
  • sleeping more (avoidance & escape)
  • avoiding social situations or friends (isolating yourself)
  • smoking more cigarettes / cannabis etc
  • crying more than normal / listening to or watching sad music & films
  • self harming (cutting, hair pulling, punching walls etc)
  • Over-eating / comfort eating
  • obsessive compulsive behaviours (tidying, counting, checking, washing hands)


...are highly treatable with cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT) in a relatively short period of time (initially from 4-12 weeks. But can be extended by agreement).

The solution starts with evaluating your current lifestyle and personal history, and being prepared to ask that big question '...WHY NOW'? what has triggered the problem(s) right now.

I help you review negative automatic thoughts (NATs) & beliefs, introduce more rational thinking habits, and understand the negative thought cycles driving your behaviour and keeping your 'stuck'.

Getting curious about yourself, and finding the courage to test-drive new  ideas, strategies & solutions can re-ignite your vitality, enthusiasm AND optimism about life.

"WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK" ... when we repeat certain ideas and beliefs about ourselves often enough, we make it a 'FACT' ...a reality. So I help you understand how you mis-interpret bodily sensations, generate negative thoughts, and use styles where you  delete & distort information, or make generalisations about events.

LEARNING ABOUT THE MIND & BODY ...the ideas no one taught you at school will create light bulb moments. Looking at your beliefs &  early family history, will have a positive impact on the way you interact with people.


During  weekly hourly sessions I blend elements of :

  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy CBT (solution focused, short-term)
  • Person-Centred counselling (short to long term)
  • Life Coaching (solution focused, short-term)

I work in a relaxed, solution-focused & creative way with adults experiencing emotional & physical difficulties with - Anxiety, Stress & Depression.


I have widened my knowledge of the issues and experiences that men face. Men have a different way of handling stress and depression which is not widely recognised. Anger, irritability and becoming a workaholic are important signs to look out for.

ZOOM (video conference software)

  • I use email /text support between sessions when needed
  • PLUS provide written sessional feedback and information sheets on specific mental health topics.
  • I set home-tasks to help you test out new ideas & behaviours
  • I send motivating email/ text messages as and when needed
  • I use Mood & Thought Diaries / recognised Questionnaires to monitor anxiety & depression
  • Psychological-Education is important : so I supplement this with information on useful websites & instructions on relaxation techniques & breathing techniques.



Fully Accredited With Professional Body: BACP & I abide by their code of ethics for good practice
(BACP Member   Reg No:581106  : Accredited Voluntary Register No: 025122)

    • I am sensitive to equality & diversity issues regarding  race, gender, culture and disability.
    • I am aware of the laws affecting counselling confidentiality, health and safety legislation
    • I have a clear enhanced DBS (enables me to work with children)
    • I hold full professional Indemnity Insurance
    • I take GP Referrals
    • I work with Employee Assisted Programmes /Schemes (please speak to me about the different price structure for EAPs)
    • I am GDPR compliant ...I care about protecting your personal data

I work  remotely, on zoom

UK wide and other countries with suitable time zones.

I am based in the Buckinghamshire, UK  catchment area.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma : Person Centred Counselling (BACP Fully Accredited Ref No 581106) ; (UKRCP registered)
Diploma : Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Bsc (Hons) : Chemistry & Business Studies
Certificate : 3-month intensive Life Coaching training (The Coaching Academy)
Certificate : 10-week Creative Counselling training
Short Workshops: Sexual Health, Safeguarding, Drugs & Alcohol awareness, Child Exploitation & Online Protection.

As a fully accredited BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) member I offer a confidential service that abides by their ethical guidelines of good practice.

Facilitator / Workshops for Adults - Introduction to Mental Health and Well-Being,
Good Relationship Guide, Protection against Stress, Self Esteem Puzzle, 5 Steps to Happiness

Facilitator / Workshops for Teenagers - Building Self Esteem & Confidence; Dealing with Bullying ; Anger Management: Introduction to Mental Health and Well-Being; Understanding the Process of Counselling

MIND Mental Health Organisation (High Wycombe): 5 years of working with adults in the Wycombe community suffering from long-term mental health distress, plus signposting members of the public and family members face-to-face and over the phone to the relevant mental health services within the local area.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

health anxiety

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer an initial FREE 20-30min introductory chat over the phone - this helps me to pinpoint what the issues are, how I can help you, and also helps you to decide whether you feel we could work together successfully.

*Research shows that it's not the type of therapy that makes the biggest difference to successful therapy, but the strength and quality of the professional relationship between the client and the therapist.

Whenever possible I will accommodate your preferred day/ time for sessions :

NB: There is a different charging structure for EAP clients to accommodate  assessments, other necessary paperwork and your invoicing structure

MONDAY - FRIDAY 9am - 6pm (Daytime Fee)
My hourly charge is £70 per session

MONDAY - FRIDAY 6pm - 8pm (Evening Fee)
My hourly charge is £80 per session
( There is a premium of £10 on top of my daytime rate for sessions after 6pm)

SATURDAY 10am - 1pm
My hourly charge is £100 per session
(There is a premium of £30 on top of my hourly rate)

by agreement only :
but please feel free to speak to me if you have difficulty paying the above rates.

When I work

Monday - Friday : 9am - 8pm (£70 before 6pm. £80 after 6pm)

Saturday : 10am - 1pm (weekend £100)

Further information

I can talk to you about the GRIEF of a family member SUICIDE. It is a very lonely, consuming and distressing experience.


I work face-to-face, but also use SKYPE & ZOOM video, plus telephone and email support.

  • Person-Centred counselling (short to long term)
  • Life Coaching (solution focused, short-term)
  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy CBT (solution focused, short-term)

I work in a flexible manner within the Buckinghamshire catchment area:
High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Bourne End, Flackwell Heath, Saunderton, Princes Risborugh  ..... and in the Berkshire Catchment area: Maidenhead, Slough

Plenty of FREE on-road  PARKING outside my premises.

Arriva Bus route (No.32), direct from TOWN CENTRE to MICKLEFIELD ROAD.

195 Micklefield Road, High Wycombe, BUCKS, HP13 7HB

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Karen Joy Langley
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