Karen Pearson MBACP, Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Specialising in bullying, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, loneliness and low self-esteem. My experience includes working with children from the age of 12 years through to adults of all ages.
I am a qualified Counsellor and I work with adults and young people of all genders to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing by building self esteem and awareness. I offer a safe, confidential and welcoming space which is designated around you and the issues you wish to explore.
As a member of the BACP, I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice and therefore adhere to its recommendations for regular supervision.
During my training as a Counsellor and since qualified, my experience includes working within a school; with teenagers between the ages of 16 - 18 years, at a Leeds based Charity; working with people of all ages and from different cultures, including referrals from the NHS, a Christian Charity in Harrogate; working mainly with children from the age of 12 years upwards and at The Craven Clinic in Skipton.
Training, qualifications & experience
Ongoing regular training is a vital part of my commitment to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date. I therefore regularly attend workshops, conferences and training courses in order to enhance my continuing professional development.
I am experienced in working with people who are:-
Feeling generally low - experiencing ongoing loneliness, low self-esteem, moodiness, a lack of direction, stress, confusion, self-harm, anger, sleeping difficulties, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anxiety and with those who are stuck living in the past.
Facing a specific crisis - experiencing loss, bereavement, changes at work, bullying, addiction, abortion, affairs and betrayals, divorce, abuse, unhappiness in childhood and sexual abuse.
Basic Awareness in Child Protection
Rape Crisis Awareness
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Child Sexual Abuse
Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training
Working with Depression
Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Avoidant Attachment - Shame and Defence against Intimacy
Transactional Analysis 101
Working with Child Bereavement
Understanding and Working with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Understanding Eating Disorders
Mental Health Stigma in Muslim Communities
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide
Working with Resilience
Working with Children
Living with Domestic Violence and Impact on Family
De-clutter Your Life
Sexual Health Awareness
Working with Grief and Loss
Covid-19: Managing Low Mood and Depression
Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Working with Shame
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Being a Youth Worker has given me the opportunity to understand and work with children. I have carried out final warnings and worked alongside teenagers on a one to one basis on issues including anger management, drugs, alcohol, bullying, stealing and fighting, etc.
I was involved with the Network Empower Team based in Harrogate, working with teenagers aged between 14 - 19 years, where they are encouraged to keep the supportive networks they found during the Empower Self-Esteem Course and to continue to work on improving their self-esteem and confidence through fun activities.
Initial assessment (1/2 hour), either by telephone or in person - free of charge.
Trainee Counsellors £30 per hour.
Young People - up to 18 years - £35 per hour.
Adults £40 per hour.
The initial meeting is completely confidential with no obligation to proceed, but it will give us the opportunity to meet each other and discuss what you would like to achieve from counselling. It will also give you an idea of how I work and it is an opportunity for you to ask me any questions.
If I am not available when you ring, please leave a message with your name and telephone number and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please let me know if it is ok for me to leave a message as I am aware that there are times when you may not wish for others to know that you have chosen to have counselling.
I offer face to face, online and telephone counselling and have flexible availability.
Counselling offers you the time and confidential space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. It is a process which promotes change and personal growth.
I will start with gaining an understanding of where you are right now and then support you whilst you make positive changes within your life. We will work collaboratively, at your own pace, so together we can explore your ideas, thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour to gain insight, help you access your own internal resources and find the right way forward for you.
If you are a parent or guardian who would like to discuss the possibility for your child to attend counselling then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss the process through with you.
If you are the young person who would like counselling, but you're not sure, then please ring, text or email me and we can have an informal chat.