Karen Macmillan Counsellor (MBACP, Dip. TA Practice)
I counsel adults around a wide range of issues.
These include: anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, depression, low self-esteem, addiction and recovery, and boarding school*
My style is gentle, empathic and holding. I offer short and long term counselling.
Inner change can happen at any point in our lives, when we are willing to take that first step:
"Start close in, Don’t take the second step or the third, Start with the first thing close in, The step you don’t want to take." (David Whyte, River Flow: New and Selected Poems)
I am a member of BACP, NCS and UKATA, abide by their codes of ethics and am fully insured.
During the pandemic I am primarily counselling online, with a few spaces for face-to-face counselling in Hurstpierpoint. While meeting on Zoom is different from meeting face to face, it can be a very effective way of working.
*For many ex-boarders the experience of being sent away to boarding school has a long lasting impact. Some of the ways you adapted as a child to the school environment may have become problematic in your adult life now. The privilege attached to private schools can make this difficult to acknowledge and talk about. I have specialist training in working with ex-boarders and can help you address issues arising from your boarding experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is in Transactional Analysis (TA) counselling and psychotherapy; I have additional training and experience in working with adult ex-boarders, substance misuse and young people.
I have worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor and as a college counsellor.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Association for Transactional Analysis
UKATA (formally the Institute of Transactional Analysis) is the national UK Transactional Analysis organisation representing all fields of TA theory and practice. TA can be used as an effective tool in a wide range of contexts such as: personal development, management, coaching, counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, education, parenting and more.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding School Survivors
£50 per 50 minute session. The initial assessment session is free.
* Key workers £20 per session up to 8 sessions