Karen Mackey MBACP, Couples and Individuals
Sadness, anxiety, depression, anger or confusion are difficult emotions to manage alone and there are times when it can be useful to talk to someone who is not family or part of your social group. I offer a reliable, warm and trustworthy space where you can talk freely and know you will be heard with respect and without judgement. I see my Counselling role as working alongside you in a way that respects, values and appreciates you and enables you to decide the right direction for you.
Currently, I see couples and individuals privately and am a Counsellor and Assessor at Catalyst, a Guildford based drug, alcohol and well-being charity and have also counselled at YMCA in Guildford. I work with adults across all ages, from many backgrounds and cultures and am experienced in working with communication problems, addictions, depression, anxiety, sadness, loss, anger, abuse, lack of confidence or self-esteem, relationship, family issues and societal issues.
My Counselling rooms, based on the outskirts of Woking, are calm, friendly and supportive places. I listen and work with you so you can begin to make sense of your situation and see your options more clearly. You will become more aware of what is happening and why you see things as you do which gives you more competence and confidence when making decisions.
Counselling usually takes place on a weekly basis. The focus will be the issues you bring and what you want to achieve. Everyone is unique, I respect this and believe it is important to work flexibly and respond to who you are
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 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.
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 particular 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.
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.
Please contact me if you need more information.
Depending on the situation, Counselling could involve examining situations or thoughts which are emotionally triggering for you. We might experiment with alternative responses to stress. If there are relationship problems, communication is often part of the issue and we would work on ways to improve this. Looking back to see patterns re-occurring through your life, can also bring new and useful perspectives to today's issues. Sometimes we might use creative ways of working, for example with clay, sand or drawing tools. Here the emphasis is on how they help understanding and insight rather than any finished product. We use ways of working which suit you personally.
Please note: if you are looking to explore a relationship with your partner, I strongly recommend you come along as a couple.
If you have any queries, drop me an email (email@example.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)
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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£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 finishing after 5.30 pm on a weekday.
£50 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual session on a Saturday
£55 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual Counselling session on a Sunday
Some concessions are available.
£50 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling session finishing before 5.30 pm on a weekday.
£55 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling Session finishing after 5.30 pm on a weekday.
£60 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling Session on a Saturday.
£65 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling session on a Sunday.
(When 7 Couples Counselling sessions are booked following the initial session, the 7th session will be free of charge.)
Some concessions are available.
I am based on the outskirts of Woking, going in the Guildford direction. There is easy parking just outside.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday and evening availability for individuals and couples. Some late morning/early afternoon Sunday sessions available.
Types of client