Karen Livermore, Counsellor, MBACP - Adults, Children and Teenagers
Thank you for taking the time to look at my page. My name is Karen Livermore, I am a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work within their ethical framework and boundaries. I offer independent counselling to children, young people and adults face to face, online and telephone.
There are a several reasons for that people seek counselling, you may be worried, anxious, overwhelmed, feel stuck and cannot move forward. Counselling is a place where you are able to work through and explore any issues that are causing you worry and anxiety. I can offer you a place to be heard understood, without feeling judged or criticized. Counselling can be the first step towards change and a more positive future.
One of the aims of counselling is to be able to explore yourself so that you can begin to work toward healing and recovery. I can work with you to enable you to have a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.
My counselling practice draws on strengths from an Integrative approach of therapy, including humanistic, psychodynamic and solution focus. I like to work holistically to integrate mind and body.
I have many years’ experience counselling children, teenagers as well as adults. I have been working in both primary and secondary schools, as well as in the local community for several years and have extensive experience working with a wide range of complex issues. These included: depression, anxiety, panic disorders/attacks, low self-esteem/confidence, loss and separation/self-harm, work related stress, and anger.
Counselling for Children
Are you worried or concerned about your child, children can have worries and problems, but they do not have the right vocabulary to be able to express themselves. Counselling offers a safe environment for children to express their feelings and understand what may have caused them to feel this way. Speaking to a counsellor, away from their home and school life, can take away some of the pressure. I work with children using a variety of creative mediums, as children are far more able to communicate more fully with these mediums rather than talking. I will work creatively with the child using a mixture of art, play theapy, sand play, role play and metaphor
Counselling for Teenagers
Teenagers can often have the pressures of school, their social lives and the general confusion that comes with growing up, very often teenagers can occasionally feel a little overwhelmed. Counselling can help them talk things through, support them without making them feel judged.
I understand many of the issues and problems that young people and teenagers are faced with and my aim is to provide an opportunity for them to explore thoughts and feelings that may be causing emotional distress. I offer this in a confidential, caring and private environment.
I recognise that young people are under considerable pressure from peer groups, social media, schools and parents and that this can be challenging for them to negotiate. My hope is that in sessions, the young person can explore their fears and worries and in turn, focus on their personal aspirations and qualities.
Counselling for Adults
I appreciate that all obstacles can feel overwhelming at times. Please feel free to email or call me for a free 15 minute chat to explore if this is the right time and place for you to begin the next chapter of your life. Everyone needs support at some time in their life. People seek counselling because they may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, anger, experiencing loss, and feeling overwhelmed and finding it hard to cope. Talking to someone who is Impartial and non-judgemental can help to discover different ways of looking at the situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Working With Children & Young People)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
- Shorter Training
- Certificate in Counselling Adolescence
- Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Adult Safeguarding
- Certificate in Assessment and Formulation
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Certificate in Schools and Bereavement
- Certificate in Children's Emotional Wellbeing
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
I offer both daytime and evening appointments and work in a pleasant location in Coulsdon and the surrounding areas.
I am BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Registered member
Taking the first step to counselling can feel overwhelming at times. Please feel free to email or call me for a free 15 minute chat to explore if this is the right time and place for you to begin the journey toward change.