Karen Manley. MBACP, MNCS (Accred).

Karen Manley.  MBACP, MNCS (Accred).


01635 860444 / 07748 113031

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01635 860444 / 07748 113031

About me


You may have a particular issue which you are struggling with, striving to make sense of every day events or not able to make sense of what is happening in your life.

Do you have difficulty finding someone impartial you can talk to?

I believe everyone can fulfil their own potential, counselling allows you to see new possibilities and make choices and changes that may give you a different view on life.

I offer a warm friendly counselling service from my private practice in a safe confidential environment within easy reach of the A4 in Thatcham, with ample free parking.

I work with clients who have many issues including struggling with anxiety, depression, work related stress, low self esteem and confidence.

Your sessions are time just for you. Counselling provides a safe and supportive space for you to be yourself, without judgement or criticism. Where we can work together to find your own answers and own truth away from the confusion of everyday life in a safe space.

I provide both solution-focused time limited counselling and longer-term therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience


In addition to my counselling qualifications and experience, I also have corporate experience and qualifications, having worked as a Business Risk and Compliance Director in the Finance sector for many years.

Counselling qualifications:
BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling to be completed by July 2018
• Advanced Diploma in CBT to be completed by June 2018
• Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
• Certificate of Proficiency – BACP
• Bereavement Care Level 2
• CPCAB - Therapeutic Counselling (QCF)
• Open University - Therapeutic Counselling

I have worked in private practice for several years, and gained experience for a broad range of clients in a wide variety of settings which include:

• Onyx Counselling – Counsellor and Business owner
• Time to Talk, a BACP accredited youth agency.
• GP Surgery (NHS)
• Cruse Bereavement Support – West Berkshire
• Employee Assistance Programme Counsellor for three Insurers.
• Counsellor for students studying up to the Counselling Diploma Level 4.

I worked with women and men of varying ages dealing with wide ranging issues such as:
• Anxiety and depression
• Work related
• Eating disorders
• Stress
• Bereavement
• Career or big life decisions
• Relationships - this is brief range of issues I work with, please scroll down for fuller range of issues.

Continuing professional development
Each year I undertake many activities that contribute to my professional development. These include seminars and lectures on a range of topics to do with various therapies and life.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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  • Onyx Counselling
  • Onyx Counselling
  • Counselling Room
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Starting counselling may feel daunting, so I offer an initial half-hour appointment for £20.00 to establish if we can work together and I can answer any questions you might have.

If you then decide to continue with your sessions you can either book a block of sessions or chose to continue on a week by week basis.

How much does counselling cost?

An initial session costs £20.00 and last for 30 minutes.

Following sessions are £45.00 per session, these sessions last for 50 minutes.

Do you offer concessions or low cost sessions?

Student rates are £35.00 per session and includes any reports required by the training provider.

In addition there are a limited number of low cost slots available, please contact me for details.

How do I pay for a counselling session?

Sessions can be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer. Payment is to be made at the end of each session.

Maps & Directions

Thatcham, RG18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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