Karen Mackey MBACP (Reg Counsellor)

Karen Mackey MBACP (Reg Counsellor)


07495 267944

About me

Hi, I am Karen and I believe Counselling can help you. I work with couples and individuals who want their lives to feel better and are ready to explore how.

You can talk freely and know you will be heard with respect and without judgement by someone who is not family or part of your social group.  I see my Counselling role as being a commitment to work alongside you in a way that respects, values and appreciates you and most importantly, enables you to move forward.

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

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.

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.

Counselling takes place on a weekly basis, although sometimes fortnightly works better for couples.  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.

If you have any queries and to book a first appointment email me at: wokingcounsellingsupport@btinternet.com. I will get back to you quickly.

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.


  • 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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

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  • 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 finishing after 5.30 pm on a weekday.

£55 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual Counselling session on a Sunday


£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.

£65 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling session on a Sunday.

10% discount given for blocks of four sessions booked in advance.  The discount will be taken off in the fourth appointment.

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


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

Types of client

Older adults