Karen Mackey MBACP (Accred), Dip Counsell, Dip Couples Counsell

Karen Mackey MBACP (Accred), Dip Counsell, Dip Couples Counsell

About me

Whether you are looking for a session or two, or more long-term Counselling, I offer a friendly, calm place where 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.  What you are going through and how you experience it, is unique to you. Our work together is to discover new insights, hope and opportunities for change, so you can move forward.

Through Counselling, I believe you would gain understanding about who you are and why you might think, feel and behave as you do.  Knowing this helps you manage emotions and relationships in a healthier way. We will also look to see what matters most to you; this can make decisions and choices simpler.

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.

As well as seeing couples and individuals privately, I have been a Counsellor and Assessor at Catalyst, a Guildford based drug, alcohol and well-being charity, and have also counselled at YMCA in Guildford.

My approach is experienced, practical and Integrative, meaning that I draw on different approaches to Counselling, including Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focussed Therapy and Transactional Analysis; I use 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 for a one-hour session.  If you are considering very brief counselling, I suggest starting with a session of 90 minutes.  A first appointment for partners is £45.

I am based on the outskirts of Woking with easy parking available.

Individual Counselling

Your personal meaning, uniqueness as a person and what makes sense to you underpins my Counselling.

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 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, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education
  • Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Accredited (BACP)
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NOCN Level Three Certified Programme of Core Competencies
  • PGCE
  • BA

Continued Professional Development

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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First appointments:

£30 for 50 min - 1 hr session for individuals

£45 for 50 min - 1 hr session for couples

Second and further appointmentsIndividual:

£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.

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
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


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

Types of client

Older adults