Karen Mackey MBACP, Couples and Individuals

Karen Mackey MBACP, Couples and Individuals


07495 267944

About me

I am a qualified and practical Counsellor. I offer a friendly, calm place where you can explore what is not going well in your life. You will have time and my complete attention to talk and be heard. Many problems are too difficult to resolve alone and often it is easier to speak to someone not directly involved.

Counselling helps you see things from new perspectives and highlight options that were not apparent before. It gives a deeper understanding of who you are and why you do what you do. This enables you to manage emotions and relationships in a healthier way and know what your priorities are; you can then take steps for change.

Currently I see couples and individuals privately, am a Counsellor at Catalyst, a Guildford based drug, alcohol and well-being charity and have also counselled at YMCA in Guildford.   My experience includes working with communication problems, addictions, depression, anxiety, sadness, loss, anger, abuse, lack of confidence or self-esteem, relationship, confusion, family and societal issues.

I am an Integrative therapist which means I draw on different approaches to Counselling, including Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focussed Therapy and Transactional Analysis: whatever will help you manage your life in a way that works for you.

It is vital that the Counselling relationship will work for you, that you feel comfortable and able to trust me.  I offer initial appointments at a reduced rate of £30 for individuals, £35 for couples so you can check this out.  I am based on the outskirts of Woking with easy parking available.

Individual Counselling

My approach is very much about personal meaning, your uniqueness as a person and what makes sense to you.

Depending on the situation, Counselling could involve disentangling situations or thoughts which are emotionally triggering and exploring why they are so. We would look at alternative responses and ways of coping which feel better to you.

Often patterns of thinking and behaviour become established and reoccur in ways which are not always helpful. Being aware of these can give a new and useful awareness and enable you to respond differently.

Where there are relationship problems, communication is often part of the issue and we would work on ways to change and improve this, amongst other concerns that might be there too. (Please note: if you are looking to explore a relationship with your partner, I strongly recommend you come along as a couple.)

Couples Counselling

I understand that relationships are very different; you might be in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, in a marriage, or in a less formalized partnership.

Your relationship will be the focus of Couples Counselling; this will be my client and at the heart of all the work we do together.

We will look at ways to strengthen and nurture that relationship whether you are having particular difficulties currently or are seeking ways to deepen your connection.

During the sessions we will look together at what you and your partner are putting into the relationship, where that might be coming from and the responsibility you both carry for how this plays out. There are many powerful tools to help you move forward.

You will take from Counselling, a greater knowledge and understanding of your relationship which will enable you to protect and develop it both now and in the future. You will also know yourself and your partner better.

Couples Counselling can feel very different from having individual therapy partly as it is likely to feel more structured and perhaps more directed.  There needs to be a willingness on all sides to engage in the process and commit to it.

Due to data protection legislation, I need both partners to contact me directly so that I know I have permission to get in touch with both.

Couples Counselling involves shared communication between Counsellor and both partners.

Sessions always include both parties.

And please ...

Contact me if you need more information or have questions.

If you have any queries, drop me an email (wokingcounselling@outlook.com), call or text me (07495 267944).  I will get back to you quickly.

My website is at www.wokingcounsellingsupport.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience


I have ongoing counselling experience at Catalyst in Guildford.

I have been a Counsellor at Dialogue, YMCA in Guildford.

Enhanced DBS (formally CRB) checked and updated yearly.

Qualifications and Training

  • Diploma in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy, CCPE (ongoing)
  • Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2016)
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory (2014)
  • NOCN Level Three Certified Programme of Core Competencies (2012)
  • PGCE 1992
  • BA 1977

Continued Professional Development

Currently undertaking specialist Diploma in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy at Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), London

I believe it is vital to continue to develop my knowledge, skills and understanding of Counselling.  To this end I have attended many courses and workshops.  Amongst these are:

  • Working with Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Working with Suicidal Risks
  • Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding and Managing Stress
  • Issues Around Sexual Identity
  • Working Creatively

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Individual Counselling Room
  • Couples Counselling Room


First appointments:

£30 for 50 min - 1 hr session for individuals

£35 for 50 min - 1 hr session for couples

Second and further appointments


£40 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual Counselling session finishing before 5.30 pm on a weekday.

£45 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual session at all other times.

Some concessions are available.


£50 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling session finishing before 5.30 pm on a weekday.

£60 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling Session at all other times.

(When 7 Couples Counselling sessions are booked following the initial session, the 7th session will be free of charge.)

Some concessions are available.

Further information

I am based on the outskirts of Woking, going in the Guildford direction.  There is easy parking just outside.

Maps & Directions

Woking, GU22

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Weekday and evening availability for individuals and couples. Some late morning/early afternoon Sunday sessions available.

Types of client

Older adults