I am a warm, experienced counsellor working in the centre of Exeter. I have broad ranging experience working with both adults and adolescents and continue to value working with both equally. I came to counselling in 2005 having been a listening volunteer with Samaritans for 10 years and have many years' experience employed as a counsellor in a local secondary school.
What is counselling, what does it offer and how do I work?
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and emotions in a safe, confidential setting, the overall aim being to work towards living in a way which is more satisfying and resourceful.
People seek counselling for many reasons. Some are feeling depressed, anxious, having difficulties in relationships or are battling addictions they do not feel able to control. Some come because they feel sad and empty inside and others because of feelings of guilt or low self-esteem. Mostly, people seek counselling because they feel stuck, unsatisfied or lost in their lives.
Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, offer support in decision making or coping with a crisis, assist in improving relationships with others or provide a place where inner conflict can be voiced and worked through. My role, whilst always respecting your values and capacity for choice, is to help you explore whatever it is that is troubling you, and through our work together, facilitate any changes you may wish to make.
My approach is non-judgemental and aims to be empowering for you. The relationship that develops between us is a very important part of the process - being able to feel relaxed, safe and understood is central to our work. I offer a warm, accepting environment in which we can explore whatever you bring.
I appreciate that finding the right counsellor can be difficult so offer a free initial appointment. This gives you the opportunity to meet me, to see where I work and to see how it feels. This initial meeting isn't a counselling session but an opportunity for you to let me know something of what has been going on for you and why you are considering counselling. There will be ample time for you to ask questions/talk through any queries you may have and then together we will decide if counselling is right for you. If you choose to continue we will arrange to meet on a regular basis. I can offer short or longer term counselling depending on your needs.
I welcome informal enquiries.
"I didn't realise how much I'd held in until I sat down with you. Thank you Karen for giving me the space and time I needed". Female 44 years.
"You have helped me turn my life around... I still have a lot more that I would like to achieve but know that I'm on the right path. Thank you for everything". Male 16 years.
"For the first time I've felt safe enough to 'go there'. Your support has been invaluable". Female 65 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Adv. Dip. Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited).
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Diploma in Sandplay Therapy
I have extensive experience working with young people and adults both in private practice and employed as a counsellor in a local secondary school.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such am bound by its code of ethics and subject to its complaints procedures. I am also registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists (UKRCP). This assures you a high standard of care.
I am committed to on-going self-enquiry, personal development and training.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer all clients a free initial appointment. Subsequent sessions are charged at £45 per hour (some limited lower cost places available).
I am based at Heavitree Chiropractic Centre which is opposite the Pyramids Swimming Pool.
It is approximately 5 minutes walk from Exeter High Street.
The Triangle Car Park (which provides ample parking) and local bus routes are within easy walking distance.