Karen Maitland

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Lisburn, Antrim, BT28 1AG
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, my name is Karen and I have over 18 years of counselling experience. I specialise in working with complex trauma, abuse, (sexual, physical, and emotional) and eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, etc). I also have extensive experience in working with anxiety, depression, addiction, attachment, and relationship issues, as well as the everyday issues many people struggle with, ranging from phobias to self-harm, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.

I have worked in a variety of settings, including charities, counselling agencies and private practice. I also have a comprehensive and varied range of qualifications and expertise in different areas of therapy/counselling.

As an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) I follow their ethical guidelines of practice. I also have enhanced clearance from Access NI to work with both young people and vulnerable adults.

In a supportive setting, counselling can bring about a new perspective that can be empowering, and provide greater self-awareness, enabling you to make the right choices for you. I strongly believe that therapy can be hugely beneficial, healing, and transformative and I will do my utmost to build an empathic environment in which I connect with you in a trusting, genuine and non-judgmental manner. The therapeutic relationship is central to successful therapy, but it is you, and only you, who holds the key to your future.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications Include: -

  • Dip HE in Counselling (with commendation)
  • PG Dip in Counselling and Therapeutic Communications (with distinction)
  • CPCAB Level 5 Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Violence
  • Master Practitioner in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
  • Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity – National Centre for Eating Disorders
  • PG Cert Cognitive Behavioural Practice
  • PG Cert in Restorative Practices/Harm, Loss and Grief/Attachment and Coping Strategies
  • EMDR Training - Queens University Belfast

OCN Level 3:

  • An Introduction to Psychological Trauma and Addiction
  • Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse - Practitioners
  • Principles of Tackling Substance Misuse
  • Building Capacity for Peaceful Change – Mediation Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy 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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Areas of counselling I deal with

Therapies offered


£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

6B Market Square North, Lisburn, Antrim, BT28 1AG

Type of session

In person
Karen Maitland
Karen Maitland