Karen Pickin MBACP, Ad Dip Counselling
I am an experienced counsellor, offering you support for your difficulties in the context of a warm, non-judgemental and confidential space.
I can help you explore the issues you are facing, giving you space to reflect on what is happening and to find a way forward.
I see both adults and young people, with a focus on either short term or long term work.
Short term work will help to focus on shorter term aspects of difficulty, whereas longer, more open ended work allows for a more in-depth exploration of issues.
My theoretical focus is integrative, with a basis in psychodynamic theory. This means exploring the things that have happened to us to discover how we have been shaped by them. Mostly clients want to talk, but sometimes we may use the creative arts if the client feels comfortable in doing so. I also incorporate CBT methods into the counselling where appropriate, particularly in short term work.
As a member of BACP, I operate within their Ethical Framework. I am an independent counsellor and supervisor and work from my home in Houghton. Part of my week includes counselling in secondary schools, and providing play and creative art therapy in primary schools.
Please feel free to get in contact. I would be happy to speak to you or email you about how counselling may be of help, with no obligation to book an appointment.
Free parking is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling (University of Cambridge: BACP accredited)
- Certificate in Counselling (University of Cambridge)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play (Christ Church University, Canterbury)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
- Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision
Counsellor at health-based service working with adults.
Counselling with a Cambridge charity for young people.
Private practice with adults and young people.
Counselling in local secondary schools.
Play therapy/creative therapy with children and young people, in schools and in private practice.
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
Existential Counselling: a philosophical way of working
Neuroscience theory for mental health
Using metaphor in creative therapy
Trauma-Focussed CBT for Children and Young People with PTSD
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£45 per 50 minute session (individuals)*
£45 per 45 minute session: play therapy/young person's counselling
*Lower cost options are negotiable
I use Psychodymanic Theory as a basis for exploring issues with clients but make use of integrative and creative methods, depending on individual need.
I am available for evening work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision for counsellors working with children, young people and adults, having trained at Terapia in London.View supervision profile