Karen Ponsford BA (HONS) Counselling
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, alone with something? I am down to earth, caring and here for you.
I understand coming into Counselling may feel scary and making that first step is hard. I offer a free initial 30 minute session for you to meet me and see how you feel about us working together.
I provide a comfortable,confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space where together we can explore any issues you may wish to bring. Counselling is "your time" to talk about what is happening for you.
I believe in the importance of trust and also building a therapeutic relationship. I will listen to you and help you to understand what's going on for you. I may sensitively challenge some of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns, and may try to connect patterns from your past or childhood that are having an impact on you today.
I work with individual clients age 18+ and have experience with a range of issues. These include anxiety, depression, abuse (verbal, emotional, sexual, financial , physical), low self-esteem, gender issues, relationship issues, body confidence, stress,trauma and bereavement (a full list can be seen below). I also provide Counselling for students on Person Centred Counselling training courses.
I work from a purpose-built garden room at my home address (photos below), providing a comfortable private setting for us to meet. Our initial first session will cover any queries you may have, we will look at what you are hoping to gain from counselling and discuss an outline of the issue you need help with.
However I am also more than happy to have an informal chat/text by phone to alleviate any concerns you may have prior to us meeting. We would usually meet once a week for 50 minutes, sessions are £35. However if this isn't financially viable we can meet fortnightly. The pace of the counselling session would be defined by yourself, working with whatever you felt comfortable talking about.
I see myself as a sensitive person and believe that at 46 life's experiences aid my understanding. I will be there alongside you in your journey and through us working together we can try to make sense of present/past difficulties or experiences.
Sometimes when we are at a low point in our lives, it can feel good to talk to someone who cares, someone willing to listen, support and help you understand your feelings, emotions and thoughts. There is no need to feel alone. Counselling can open the pathway to a future where you can live life and not just exist. I honestly believe no problem is too small.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
- BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling
- Colchester Institute Counselling Service
- Trauma group for women who have experienced abuse
- Voluntary work with women experiencing domestic violence
- CPD Certificate Anxiety Workshop
- CPD Certificate Two Chair Workshop
- CPD Certificate Roles Played in Families Workshop
- CPD Certificate Adult Attachment Theory
- CPD Narcissism and Echoism
- CPD Inner Child Work
- CPD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Online CBT training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
50 minutes individual counselling £35
Senior citizens £25
Home visits: Please contact me for cost (partly dependant on mileage.)
Lower rates available for those on a low wage(please contact me to discuss)
I have professional indemnity insurance and have been DBS checked.
There is free parking at the address.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
11a.m - 8pm Monday - Friday. Saturday 12-5 pm Home counselling also offered within local Braintree area.
Types of client