Karen Parkinson - MNCS (Accred)
As a qualified counsellor, I provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment where I can help you gain insight into the less conscious aspects of your thinking, behaviour and feelings. I can offer brief focused counselling where we can address a current situation, as well as longer term psychotherapy where we can work together to explore deeper rooted difficulties which may have built up over time as a result of your earliest experiences.
There are many reasons why people come for counselling. Together we can explore and address concerns surrounding many different issues, some of which might be:
- Bereavement and loss
- Change: divorce, redundancy and many others
- Relationship issues
- Abuse: past or present, sexual, physical, mental or financial
- Confidence and self esteem
- Eating disorders
My role as therapist is to help you find clarity and perspective so you can build healthy relationships and better manage your internal world. Over time, you will gain your own insights allowing you to feel more in control and able to trust in your own strengths and internal resources, allowing you to make the changes needed to improve your life and well-being.
Therapy is a rewarding personal experience between people. It requires commitment and effort on both sides. There will be times that it may be challenging as we explore parts of ourselves we might prefer to avoid or feel are unacceptable. If we are willing to take the risk, within the safety of the therapeutic space, counselling rewards us with a deeper understanding of ourselves and enriches our lives with more awareness and meaning.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Introduction to Counselling Skills.
Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice.
Advanced Diploma in CBT.
I practice as an integrative counsellor, which means I use my knowledge of various therapeutic models whilst working with you. This allows me the freedom and flexibility to work in a way which suits you as an individual. I fit with you, instead of you fitting into a therapeutic model.
I am a counsellor at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Here, I work with a wide age group, from sixteen-year-olds who are just starting out, to members of staff. This work has allowed me to gain experience in many different areas of counselling. I also volunteer with Mind where I specialise in working with those bereaved by suicide.
All my work is carried out in compliance with the NCS (National Counselling Society) ethical framework and guidelines. I undertake regular supervision, attend professional development events and I also engage in regular training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial in-person or telephone session
Please contact me for details on session costs. I offer a twenty minute free consultation so that we can get to know each other and talk through how I may help you. Sometimes, in special circumstances, I am able to offer a reduced fee.
I am able to offer face to face sessions all day on a Thursday and a Friday afternoon at 2 East Quay, Bridgwater. TA6 5AY.
I also offer sessions via zoom or telephone on other of the week.
I currently can offer face to face sessions all day Thursday and a Friday afternoon in Bridgwater. On other days I can offer sessions via zoom or telephone call. I also offer walk and talk sessions