Karen Ponsford BA (HONS) Counselling
Hi, my name is Karen and I am a qualified Counsellor working in a Person-centred way. I aim to provide a 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 also have understanding and ability to bring aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy into our work if suitable. This approach looks at challenging your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns.
I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse (verbal, emotional, sexual, financial , physical), low self-esteem, gender issues, relationship issues (can be issues with partner, your child, parent, work colleague etc),stress,trauma and bereavement (a full list can be seen below).
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, 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, down to earth person, and believe that at 45 life's experiences aid my understanding. I wholeheartedly understand how hard it can be to take the first step in making that call or sending that email. However if you are struggling with an aspect of your life, 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
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
- 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
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- 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 issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- 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