Karen Mason MBACP (Snr Accred),EMDR Accredited Consultant and Senior Counsellor
Hello and welcome.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Humanistic Counselling Psychotherapist, an EMDR Consultant and a Supervisor. I understand how difficult the first step can be when making contact with a counsellor.
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 garden therapy room. 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, and in a busy GP surgery for 11 years.
I am an accredited and experienced EMDR Consultant.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a unique powerful therapy which is very successful in helping people recover from problems triggered by disturbing events in their lives past and present. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly. Until recently, these conditions sometimes proved difficult to treat with talking therapy. EMDR is a breakthrough therapy because it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is a proven treatment for trauma, but it has also been found to help with the following problems: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioural & Substance Addictions, Attachment Disorders (relationship difficulties), Agoraphobia, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Complicated Grief, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Low self-esteem and OCD, Phobias, Performance Enhancement and Self-harming. EMDR can be useful for people who have witnessed or experienced an event like a car accident, a violent crime, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying, a social humiliation or the sudden loss of a loved one, and are struggling to recover.
Sometimes old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain dysfunctionally and this distressing material keeps getting triggered in the here and now which prevents healing from taking place. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause disturbance and distress in current day functioning and EMDR is a highly effective therapy to alleviate this distress. EMDR aims to help the brain to reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings. You already have most of the information you need to resolve this problem but the two just cannot connect. This is where EMDR can help, allowing new information to come to mind and resolve the old problems – similar to what happens spontaneously in REM or dream sleep.
When a person’s mental health problems have their roots in a distressing life event, EMDR can be very effective very quickly. Studies have shown that EMDR can significantly decrease PTSD and that the effect is long lasting (e.g. Ironson, Freund, Strauss, & Williams, 2002; Scheck, Schaeffer, & Gillette, 1998). People who have experienced several traumatic events, neglect or poor treatment as children usually need more sessions.
EMDR is a complex therapeutic process that should always be delivered by properly trained therapists.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Senior Accredited Member
EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant
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
EMDR Consultants Training, London
Clinical Supervision Diploma
Enhanced DBS Checked
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
EMDR Association UK
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals £80 for a 50 minute session (if self funded)
EMDR £80 for a 50 minute session (if self funded)
Home Visits considered dependent on reason and location and availability Individuals and couples £90 for a 60 minute session
I am happy to offer a free telephone consultation up to 15 minutes for individuals to help you determine whether I am the right therapist for you. I can explain my way of working at this time, and you have the opportunity to outline the areas where counselling will be helpful for you.