Hi, my name is Karen.
I am a qualified professional counsellor. I offer a safe, caring and confidential place for you to explore and talk through what is going on for you, I endeavour to support and listen to you, in a non-judgemental manner, working together with your thoughts and feelings, and helping you grow from these experiences, so you are more able to deal with what life throws in your direction.
I understand how hard it is to make that first step, deciding to have counselling. You may have felt at times no one understands you, or you don't want to burden your family and friends, as they have their own busy lives. We can talk about anything you would like to bring into the session, in a safe environment, confidentially, at a pace that suits you.
By working together I will help you explore where you are, where you would like to get to, supporting you through any changes. The Person Centred approach enables me to explore your experiences with you, offering support and encouragement in an empathic and non-judgemental manner.
I have experience working with survivors of domestic violence, not only physical, but emotional, mental and sexual abuse, exploring the issues these cause, the difficulty in being able to trust again, the struggles to accept your own self-worth. Working with anxiety's and depression caused by everyday life.
I have also had personal experience working with ADHD, and Asperger's and related issues.
I offer up to a half hour telephone appointment which is free.
Our initial call will give us a chance to discuss your needs, by assessing your needs this will enable us to decide if we are suitable to work with each other, to ensure the best possible outcome to be reached.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied at Southport College, where I qualified as a counsellor,
I work at Voice for Change, helping support survivors dealing with domestic violence.
I also work for Whisc, which supports women's health.
I have previously worked at Swan, supporting anxiety and depression.
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Counselling
ABC Level 3 Counselling Skills
ABC Level 2 Concepts in Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CPCAB Level 6 Supervision
Safe Guarding Level 1.
and an up to date CRB check.
I have also completed the following training:
Practical Mindfulness and NLP.
Working with suicidal clients.
Introduction to attachment.
Starting with psychology.(open.eu)
Anger Management course.
webinar specializing in couples therapy
2gether couples counselling training.(CPD)
You Don't Know You're Born' training on Monday (Camhs)
Young People Mental Health and Technology.
Eating disorders training (Camhs)
Patterns in parent and attachment. Camhs
The First 1001 Critical Days: mental health and development from conception to 2 years
Gender Identity in Children and Young People. (Y/pas Camhs)
Mental Health (Cahms)
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
£35.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Initial telephone assessment, Free. (15 minutes)
Sessions are £35 for a therapeutic hour (50 minutes)
Couples and Family work please ask for prices.
Short term and long term counselling available.
Supervision £50 per hour and a half.
Trainee counsellor discounts available.
Various times and days.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and I adhere to their ethical framework of good practise. I also engage in regular supervision, and am fully insured.