Karen Ponsford

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BA (HONS) Counselling
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello my name is Karen,  I’m an experienced, down to earth Counsellor working with both Individuals 18+ and Couples. I work from a private garden room at home (photos below), providing a comfortable, supportive setting for you to come and work through whatever is troubling you.
I work with clients struggling with issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Narcissistic Abuse, OCD, Body Image/ Body Dysmorphia, Disordered Eating, Anger, Emotional Trauma, Childhood issues, Low Self Worth, Bereavement and Addiction.

I work in a way that I feel suits you as a person and the issue you bring. It is sometimes helpful to explore why we feel like we do/where it could stem from e.g past experiences/relationships/childhood.  It's also important to look at ways of coping and how to move forward/what that would look like for you. 

I am an interactive Counsellor but also a very good listener and I care for my clients.

Sessions for an Individual are £50, Couples £65, Students £40

I also have a limited amount of reduced fee sessions available for £35 (please ask if on benefits or low income)

Sessions can be weekly or fortnightly depending on availability and your needs

I understand how hard it can feel to make that first step into Counselling but it can be so worthwhile. If you have questions I am only a text, email or call away.

I am aware my replies occasionally go into email junk /spam folders so please check this if you feel you haven't heard from me. I always aim to reply within couple of hours


"I felt really cared for and understood. Thank you so much for your help"

"I really looked forward to my sessions. I now feel I have to tools to cope with my anxiety"

"I wasn't aware before just how much I had carried with me from my childhood. I am now kinder to myself"

"I wouldn't be where I am now without your support, knowledge and understanding, thank you"

"Karen, you put me at ease almost straight away. There was no judgement, only support and kindness. You really made the extra effort to understand me as a person alongside my issue."

Being impacted by Narcissistic abuse I honestly couldn't see a way forward and felt so alone. With your support, care and guidance I now have a future, thank you Karen .

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Colchester Institute Counselling Service
  • Trauma group for women who have experienced abuse
  • Voluntary work with women experiencing domestic violence
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
  • Solution focused Therapy 
  • Ongoing courses to aid my Professional Development 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 - £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

60 minutes individual counselling £50

Couples £65

Students £40

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Currently have some availability.

My working hours are:

10.30a.m -7.30pm(last session starting time)

Sessions are 1 hour

Further information

I have professional indemnity insurance and have been DBS checked.

There is free parking at the address.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Working from a garden room, there is a step up into the room.

Karen Ponsford
Karen Ponsford