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About me

Welcome

I’m an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in anxiety, stress and depression. If you’re struggling with work or family pressures, feeling sad, anxious or overwhelmed therapy can help. I offer you a safe and welcoming space to talk. Together we will work towards your goals, helping you make sense of how you’re feeling, gain greater clarity and achieve a stronger sense of yourself.

People start therapy for lots of different reasons. There may be a specific problem at work, at university or in your personal life you would like to resolve. Perhaps you are struggling to come to terms with the end of a relationship, a bereavement or other significant loss. Or you may feel that painful or traumatic experiences in your past preventing you from fully enjoying the life and relationships you have now.

I work online and by telephone with professionals, academics, students and retired people from across the UK. I have experience working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and bullying.

How Can Therapy Help?

Psychotherapy will focus on you and what you want to achieve. This may be about helping you to make some changes in your life, create better boundaries in your relationships or rebuild your confidence and self-esteem. It may also be about processing your feelings and coming to place of understanding or acceptance following a bereavement or loss.

Therapy can help you to better understand yourself and others. It can help you make connections between past experiences and the choices you make in the present. For example, you may notice the same negative or destructive patterns keep repeating. Therapy can help you identify and make sense of these patterns, so that you can make different choices in the future.

Therapy can help you develop greater self-compassion. As you progress towards your goals, my aim is that you will begin to feel more confident, connected and resourceful.

What I offer

  • Kindness and Acceptance.
  • A safe, respectful and confidential space.
  • Help in processing your thoughts and feelings.
  • Reflections and insights.
  • Encouragement and support.

How we might work together

Therapy is a uniquely personal experience. At our first meeting, we will explore what you want to achieve, so that your goals set the direction of therapy and shape how we work together. This might include:

  • Building a strong sense of who you are and how you want to be in the world, so that you can set and maintain boundaries.
  • Feeling more confident in your ability to make good choices and decisions.
  • Making connections between past and present to help resolve old issues and question out-dated beliefs that may be stopping you from reaching your goals.
  • Navigating difficult work situations such as grievance, restructure or redundancy.

We will also look to the future so that, when you are ready to end therapy, you have developed some good self-care strategies and a plan of what is next for you.

My role is to accompany you on your journey, help you gain a better understanding of yourself and support you in making any positive changes you might want.

Approach

I use Transactional Analysis (TA) this is a method of psychotherapy that values and recognises the potential for growth in every individual. TA encourages us to be more present and aware of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It starts from three core beliefs:

  • You’re OK.
  • You have the ability to think and problem solve.
  • Change is possible.

TA offers some very practical models for understanding ourselves, enhancing communication and deepening relationship

Ethical Practice

I am a BACP registered member and work in accordance with their professional standards.

Sessions

I offer both short-term and open ended therapy and usually see clients weekly. All sessions are currently by telephone or online.

Next Step

If you’re ready to take the next step, please contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation. The consultation lasts around 40 minutes and is an opportunity to tell me more about yourself, your reasons for starting therapy and to talk about how we might work together. I will also answer any questions you have about therapy and how I work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications include:

  • Level 7 Diploma in Advanced Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.
  • Certificate in Attachment Theory and Practice.
  • Art Therapy Foundation Course.
  • Diploma in NLP
  • Foundation Course in Group Analysis. .
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
  • Bereavement and Loss.
  • Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Experience:

I began my career as a psychotherapist in March 2015, initially volunteering as a trainee therapist in a busy low cost therapy clinic. Here, I gained experience working with bereavement, loss, anxiety, family conflict, childhood trauma and PTSD.

I started my own private practice in 2017 and qualified a year later. Since then, I have enhanced my experience in supporting clients with childhood trauma and completed additional training. This included a Certificate in Attachment Theory and Practice.

I work regularly with loss, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and workplace stress.

I attend regular supervision and CPD.

Currently a BACP registered member, I am working towards full accreditation with both BACP and UKCP.

My professional background is in human resource management and organisational development. I have worked at not for profit, public sector, charitable and commercial organisations including assistant director level roles.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In my psychotherapy practice I have an interest in childhood trauma, boarding school survivors and working with adult children of alcoholics. Having completed additional training in working from an attachment informed perspective, I have chosen to specialise in working with adults who experienced sexual, physical or psychological abuse and neglect during childhood.

I have a background in human resource management and experience of workplace mediation, dispute resolution and change implementation. I have successfully supported many people through workplace difficulties such as bullying, grievance, redundancy and retirement as well as return to work following long-term illness or injury.

A long standing area of interest and research is work-life balance and wellbeing. I managed in-house health and safety services for a number of large publc sector organisations and have a NEBOSH certificate in occupational safety and health. I am particularly interested in the impact factors such as environment, social support and creativity have on our psychological wellbeing.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

My fee is £50 per 50 minute session.

I have a limited number of concessionary spaces on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for full time students and people on a reduced income. Please contact me to discuss availability.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Availability

Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 20:00

Manchester
Greater Manchester
M21

Wigan
Manchester
WN3

Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Karen Nolan MBACP Psychotherapist

Karen Nolan MBACP Psychotherapist