Karen Mason MBACP (Snr Accred),EMDR Accredited Practitioner, and Supervisor
St Stephens House Surgery
102 Woodfield Lane
Hello and welcome.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Humanistic counsellor based in a GP surgery, and I understand how difficult the first step can be when making contact with a counsellor.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
There are times when life can feel like an uphill struggle. Counselling gives you the space and opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Through the counselling relationship you will be offered the opportunity to try out new ways of relating, gain control of your life and move forward.
I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to make sense of the problems you may be facing right now. I aim to help you find ways of coping better with the present, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself, increasing your self esteem and confidence, thus allowing you to move forward to a more fulfilled way of living.
As your therapist I will aim to facilitate and encourage you to trust yourself, make your own choices and find your own answers.
Counselling can be used solely for personal growth, or other reasons may include Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Anger Management, Bereavement, Confidence issues,Depression, Divorce, Isolation, Lack of Motivation, Panic Attacks, Redundancy, Relationship Difficulties, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Social Anxiety, Stress Management and Work Related Difficulties.
I run a private practice from a GP surgery. I have experience in all of the aforementioned areas.
I offer home visits in the Sutton and Epsom/Ashtead areas, subject to availability and reason for visit.
I formerly worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for over 2 years.
I am also an Accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensiitisation and Reprocessing) is a therapy that stimulates the brain's natural healing processes to resolve trauma and difficulties, especially where there are presenting symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, high levels of anxiety and hyper arousal. It was developed by Francine Shapiro and was primarily used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but is now used worldwide to treat a wide range of distressing symptoms. EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) For further information do contact me, or view EMDR UK & Ireland Association website.
I am trained and experienced in helping couples find a deeper understanding of each other and their relationship. Problems within a relationship can often be driven by each individual's past experience and family culture. Therapy offers the space to explore how these issues may have an impact on the relationship today.
I should emphasise that as a Person-Centred therapist I aim to offer support to both parties and I consider that the client in this process is the relationship. I would like to offer reassurance that I will not 'take sides' or try to influence one party more than the other, and I recognise that this is one fear that often stops couples seeking therapy.
One of the aims of couples therapy is to learn to listen to each other and to share thoughts and ideas in a safe setting. This shared experience can be used as a powerful tool to strengthen the core of your relationship. The art of communication is often lost in the stresses of a busy life or when major life experiences such as redundancy, financial issues, bereavement or the arrival of a new baby, or a sense of disappointment that life is not taking the direction you planned, impacts upon your relationship.
My approach to working with couples in a Person-Centred way invites both partners to express their needs and communicate authentically with each other. I will work with you to find ways of communicating with each other to help resolve conflict and bring closeness and awareness to the relationship.
If however you have already resolved to part, couples therapy can also be used to negotiate and mediate a successful parenting relationship thereby creating a more secure and loving environment for your children.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Senior Accredited Member
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
FdA Humanistic Counselling Greenwich University
NCFE Counselling skills and Theory levels 1,2 and 3 Guildford College
Couples Counselling Training Course
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
EMDR Therapy, Royal College of Surgeons, London
Clinical Supervision Diploma
Enhanced DBS Checked
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Individuals £60 for a 50 minute session (if self funded)
Couples £70 for a 50 minute session
EMDR £60 for a 50 minute session (if self funded)
Home Visits considered dependent on reason and location and availability Individuals and couples £85 for a 60 minute session
I am happy to offer a free 30 minute first session for Individuals to help you determine whether I am the right therapist for you. I can explain my way of working at this session, and you have the opportunity to outline the areas where counselling will be helpful for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner with a busy private practice based mainly within a GP surgery in Ashtead.View supervision profile