Hello. I’m so pleased you are considering counselling. It can be a really useful tool in overcoming depression, anxiety and worry.
Sometimes we just ‘get stuck’. It doesn’t matter what we do to overcome our problems, nothing seems to work. Or even more goes wrong. It can be useful then to talk things through with someone who can empathise with you, will not judge you and will support you to find your way past the difficulties you are confronting.
It can be such a relief to just 'say it out loud' and not keep everything bottled up.
Person Centred Counselling is based on building a relationship of trust, openness and honesty between you and your counsellor. As your counsellor I will work with you to create a safe, confidential place for you to explore your situation and feelings. I will always treat you with respect, acceptance and genuineness.
You will be free to think out loud and express yourself truthfully without upsetting or offending anyone or revealing things to friends or family which you may prefer not to divulge.
I work with people from about 14 years upwards. I include young people amongst my clients as I believe it shows great courage on the part of the young person, their families and friends for them to acknowledge that they are experiencing a problem or difficulty, to face it and to seek support in dealing with it.
I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and have been a practicing counsellor for over ten years. The BACP specify how I can work ethically with you and set out standards to guide my practice with you which you can look at by visiting: www.bacp.co.uk
I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, having undertaken the CPCAB level 6 qualification in counselling supervision in 2018. If you are looking for a supervisor please visit my page on Counselling Directory.
Currently, I offer flexible appointment hours from Monday to Friday via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp - depending on which is the most secure, private resource for you. I have availability between 9:00am with last appointments at 8:00pm.
If you would like to browse a little more please visit my website: karenpeterscounselling.co.uk
Feel welcome to get in touch and ask any questions you may have about how counselling could help you to find a resolution to your situation.
With warm best wishes
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Counselling and have practiced as a Person Centred counsellor since 2009.
I also have a CPCAB Level 6 qualification in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision. If you are looking for supervision I’d love to hear from you - please have a look at my separate page detailing my offer to you.
I am a Registered member of the BACP and work with people online via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or WhatsApp. If you prefer we can work by telephone instead.
I am also an Action Learning Facilitator and will support you to develop an action plan if this would be helpful for you.
During the past ten years I have worked in private practice where I have been able to support people suffering with anxiety, depression, grief, low self esteem, poor self confidence and self worth, family breakdown, work insecurity, self doubt, self development, trauma, abuse and relationship difficulties.
Wanting to develop skills in work with younger clients I undertook counselling roles at a 6th form college where I specialised in work with 16-19 year olds and at a high school where my focus was working with clients from 11-16 years of age.
Working with colleagues from the voluntary sector I set up a community interest company to create opportunities for low cost counselling with experienced and qualified counsellors. For several years I led a counselling service supporting people with a cancer diagnosis, their families and loved ones and later, coordinated a project working with perpetrators of domestic abuse to better support their partners.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to counsel older clients for whom change, grief and debility were current, lived experience. I have also worked within a project supporting people for whom addiction, the risk of homelessness and complete family breakdown were amongst their daily challenges.
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
I work with people from around 14 years onwards.
Our first meeting will cost £20.00 and last up to one hour.
After the initial session each counselling appointment will cost £40. This rate is negotiable if you are experiencing financial difficulties.
Charges for young people or those still in full time education begin at £30 per hour.
If you have to cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice you may be liable for the cost of the appointment.
Appointments are for one hour - unless we agree otherwise.
Currently I am working online. I am happy to meet with you using Skype, Facetime, Zoom or WhatsApp. I have availability Monday - Friday from 9:00am- 8:00pm.