Karen Pinder- Free Your Mind-Counselling Service- MBACP. Counsellor & Supervisor
I am now working face to face again, however you still have the option to work online via Zoom Skype or your prefered platform as well as over the phone if you prefer.
Do you want to understand why you feel or behave the way you do?
There are often times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed with what may be going on for us. This can be due to a current situation or something from our past which has not been resolved. Or you may be feeling sad.
Do you feel like you want to change or improve something?
Are you struggling with some difficult experience or trauma?
It can be hard sometimes to speak to someone you know, about sensitive problems or concerns. Have you have ever just wanted someone to listen to you? Someone who will not judge or criticise you about your thoughts or feelings. I am here to listen.
You may feel like you are burdening family and friends, by talking about your problems which may then make you feel guilty. When you speak to a counsellor you won't feel guilty because it's all about YOU, that's what I am here for. To listen to YOU.
If you are struggling to deal with difficult situations, past or present. Trying to cope with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, Loss & bereavement, relationship/family issues, childhood issues or anything which is causing you pain or distress. I can offer you a safe and confidential space to work through these thoughts and feelings.
Some people feel worried about opening up and talking about difficult things, but we will explore what's going on for you at a pace which is right for you, to enable you to move forward in your life.
You don't have to make the journey on your own, we can work through it together.
I am a qualified counsellor my diploma is in the person centred approach to counselling. I have worked with long and short term issues such as, anxiety, GAD, stress, depression, money problems, abuse, bereavement, self-harm, relationship problems, low self-esteem, child related issues, gambling addiction, family issues and much more.
Whatever has brought you to this point be assured that you will receive a friendly welcome in a professional and relaxing environment. I offer a free telephone consultation, just call, text or email me to arrange this.
Children & Young People-My background is supporting young people through various issues, I have worked in education for over 14 years supporting students to year 11, some of whom have additional needs such as; ADHD, Asperger's, learning difficulties.
This included helping them over come barriers to learning which often means working closely with them on personal issues which affects their ability to work in school, it has included things such as anger management, self harm, improving self esteem, anxiety, GAD, bullying, family issues, abuse, bereavement, etc.
Adults-I have experience volunteering and subsequently working at a charity for several years, counselling adults often with complex needs; who couldn't otherwise access counselling, due to low income. The issues I have dealt with are varied such as addictions, anxiety, GAD, depression, childhood issues, abuse, bereavement, relationship and much more.
Bereavement-I have trained with Cruse Bereavement and supported clients who are experiencing difficult emotions following a loss. This could be a recent loss, or emotions which have resurfaced after a long period of time.
Grief can stay with you for a long time there is no time scale, this can feel very difficult as other peoples expectations may be that you 'should be over it now'.
If you feel like you have nobody to talk to it can be very lonely. Contact me for further information as I also run a Loss & Bereavement group in Oakwood and other areas. (Group Suspended at the moment)
Additional training with The Foundation For Infant Loss I have completed a course in Pregnancy and Infant Loss. If this has affected you please contact me if you feel you would like support through this difficult time. There will be many different emotions and thoughts which you and your partner will be experiencing.
Gambling Completed training with GamCare who support people struggling with a gambling problem. This can have an impact on various areas of your life, finances, family and friends. If you feel you would like some support please contact me in confidence.
Relationship counselling- I will support you to work out how to progress in your relationship. This is not the same as relate. It does mean a commitment from both people in the relationship to attend together for a number of sessions
My private practice is in Oulton near Rothwell LS26
If getting to an appointment is difficult I offer alternative convenient solutions which may suit you better such as telephone, Skype, FaceTime and email counselling. For some people this is helpful if they have family/work commitments, disabilities or have difficultly attending the for whatever reason. This may be more convenient for you or save time in travelling. It may be that you will feel more comfortable speaking about your issues from the comfort of your own home.
If you are interested in finding out more or checking on availability, please e-mail me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a counselling diploma in person centred counselling. This is non-directive and client led therapeutic counselling, helping you work through your thoughts and feelings, at your pace.
- over 14 yrs experience working with young people some who have specific needs such as autism, moderate learning difficulties, ADHD & emotional issues.
- Full DBS check
- Member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework
- Worked as a learning mentor within a high school- helping young people overcome a variety of issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, bereavement, family breakdowns, substance abuse, self harm. Anxiety GAD
- Run social & emotional, self-esteem and general support groups to help overcome fear & anxiety, gain confidence and deal with emotions and other issues.
- Worked along side an educational psychologist to deliver CBT to individuals and groups.
- voluntary counselling at a charitable organisation, for over 3 years, working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse, relationship problems, bereavement and much more.
- completed a course with Cruse bereavement and worked with them
- certificate for pregnancy & Infant Loss training
- Private practice
- Trained & Work with Gamcare to support people with gambling problems
- TA couples counselling
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)- working with businesses to help support staff. I also offer direct employee counselling which can be offset against taxable profits this is available to sole traders, partnerships and small businesses saving you the cost of working directly with EAP providers who may be more costly.
- Professionally Qualified Supervisor
- Autism & ADHD
- Laughter therapy
- FEAR model for GAD and panic attacks
- Cruse Bereavement
- The Foundation for Infant Loss-pregnancy & infant loss
- GamCare-working with problem gamblers
- working with couples.
- supervision based on the seven- eyed supervision process model-Manchester institute of psychotherapy.-
- PTSD-Specialist Rewind Trauma Therapy Qualified
- Transactional Analysis 101
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
We also run support groups
What is Group Therapy
Group therapy is a 90 minute session weekly for up to 8 people. We offer refreshments and a place for people to share their thoughts and feelings and support others. It may seem very daunting, but group therapy can be very effective and supportive for many people. It is more beneficial to commit to a number of sessions, we will discuss this with you. We usually run a group for 8-10 weeks and work on a wide range of issues and challenges in a safe and confidential environment. There is an agreement made by group members to keep the content of the session confidential. Valuable learning from group work is gained via direct interaction listening and observing.
Being part of a supportive therapy group can give you strength and hope, particularly during a testing time in your life. The counsellors help group members to raise and deal with difficult or sensitive issues in a safe supportive way.
How does group therapy compare to individual therapy?
A: In a group there is the opportunity to listen as well as to talk. The very act of sharing with others who are also experiencing difficult feelings can substantially reduce feelings of isolation. This is a therapeutic process in itself, and is a good starting point for continuing therapeutic work. A therapy group has the potential to provide a supportive and safe place within which to explore the painful thoughts and feelings that it may not feel safe to express elsewhere.
Will I have to reveal information about myself in a group immediately?
A: No. It is common to feel anxious at first, the thought of joining a group and talking about yourself can be difficult. Most people will take a little time to feel at ease in a new group, and everyone goes at their own pace. However, people usually feel better once they have begun to share their issues and difficulties with others, and are reassured by the confidentiality of the group and listening to others. This often helps and reassures you are not on your own.
We run groups for
Loss & Bereavement: grief is very difficult and is different for everyone, however people experience similar feelings and emotions, you may have experienced a bereavement or other kind of loss, not necessarily recently, as grief can be delayed or the grieving process may have been difficult or excessively painful. We offer a comfortable welcoming space to come along and meet other people who can offer support, a place to talk or listen.
Anxiety, GAD & Depression:this can cause lots of issues in day to day life. Low mood, lack of confidence, inability to function. We offer support and a learning environment by discussing techniques and speaking to others who may have similar experiences. It can feel hard to come to a group once you have made the first step the next will be easier.
Low self-esteem/confidence: We work on raising self esteem. Our aim is to raise self-esteem using group work and activities
Please contact us in confidence for any further information.
We offer a comfortable confidential environment. will provide tea/coffee and biscuit and a place to meet other people
If you have been thinking about counselling but feel you can't afford it this may be for you, run by counsellors, you are supported by them and your peers within the group.
If you would like more information or know somebody who you think may be interested please contact us.
Groups run in LS26 close to bus routes, motorway network & wakefield free parking. Cost of these groups is £15
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Loss & Bereavement group (suspended due to COVID)
further groups planned, for more information contact me
Concessions offered for
- £45 per 50min session. Evening and Weekends £50
- couples - £55 60mins / £85 90mins. Evening and Weekends £60/£90
- Skype £45 per 50 min session. Evening and Weekends £50
- supervision - £65 90mins £50- 60 mins
students £55 90mins £40- 60 minsreduced rate for students and low income. 48hr notice is required for cancellations. otherwise a £20 fee applies, 24hrs or less and the full fee applies
Payment required in advance to secure room booking, by bank transfer or PayPal
I offer both long and short term counselling to suit your needs.
Loss & Bereavement group (these groups are suspended due to COVID)
Further groups planned, for more information or to be added to our waiting list please contact me