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About me

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.

Theoretical Framework

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.

Ethical Framework
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 as well as supervising counsellors and staff in 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.


Eating Disorders
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
Child Sexual Abuse


Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£45 per 50 minute session (individuals)*

*Lower cost options are negotiable

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Daytime and Evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I offer clinical supervision for counsellors working with children, young people and adults, having trained at Terapia in London.

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Karen Pickin MBACP, Ad Dip Counselling and Supervision

Karen Pickin MBACP, Ad Dip Counselling and Supervision