Karen Prescod - KarenCounselling (BACP member)
Do you need a safe confidential place to speak honestly and openly, with someone neutral and non-judgemental?
How counselling can help: You may be looking to make some changes to your life, or have a dilemma to talk through. Maybe you've lost someone close, feel isolated or stressed, or are having difficulty with relationships. Perhaps you're trying to make sense of something that's going around in your head, or have a problem or concern that's preventing you from moving forward.
Sometimes people are fearful of speaking about their feelings or showing emotion. Please be reassured that this is a normal part of the therapy and healing process, and will be welcomed sensitively.
How I work: A person-centred approach to counselling and support means listening, understanding, accepting, and believing. Rather than giving advice or opinions, it's about exploring options together so that you can make your own decisions. This can help with increasing confidence and self-esteem, by learning to trust your own judgment.
I'm about empathy - seeing things from your viewpoint - and working to build a trusting therapeutic relationship where you feel comfortable enough to be yourself. Some people may think that asking for help is a weakness - I believe that it's a strength and I'm here to support you. I always promote self-care to help increase self-worth. I'm quite interactive, so you'll get much more than 'hmms' and 'uh-huhs'.
We will work at your pace, and you choose the focus of the sessions. I have 'broad shoulders', am not easily shocked, and never judge whatever clients choose to share with me.
Where I practice: Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, I'm working from home offering video / online / telephone services only. All sessions are £20 for one hour or £10 for 30 minutes. Please get in touch if I can help you with your concerns at this difficult time.
Usually I'm at a lovely, welcoming counselling centre in Bridgend for face-to-face 1-1 sessions.
I offer Walk and Talk Therapy too, which may appeal to people who prefer to walk alongside a counsellor rather than sitting opposite in a therapy room, or those who like fresh air and some space around them. Walk and Talk Therapy can help clients who feel anxious being around people or in open spaces; we can practice this together to help increase your confidence.
Additional Therapies: Auricular acupuncture and acupressure can be used as an adjunct to counselling, where appropriate and helpful. It's especially effective in the areas of substance use and mental health. Please ask for more information.
Response time: Is fast - usually within a couple of hours between 8am and 8pm every day - so please be reassured that I will get back to you asap.
Availability: I see clients on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday mornings. Sessions usually start on a weekly basis, but can then change to fortnightly or as and when - whatever suits your schedule best. Some late appointments are available.
Before your first session: We will have usually spoken on the phone to arrange your first appointment. I email (or post) a Working Agreement form for you to look at before the session to get an idea of what to expect, along with directions. Please feel free to ask any questions at any time.
What to expect on the first session: Our initial meeting will include exploration of your reason/s for coming to counselling at this time, any changes you'd like to make, and goals you may have. Also brief information collection and reviewing and signing the working agreement. There is a separate parent/guardian consent form for under 18's.
The majority of this first session - and then all of the subsequent ones - are for you to speak about whatever you choose to share. I'll manage the time, and let you know when we are approaching the end of the session. Sessions are usually 50 minutes therapy, with additional time to review and plan (if appropriate), make payment and rebook.
Counsellors are very aware of how it feels to start therapy, so understand that you may feel anxious or nervous when considering sharing your thoughts and feelings.
Making contact: Please do get in touch for a free telephone consultation, more information or to make a booking.....
- Email me directly from this page
- Call, text or WhatsApp on 07486 880121
- Click on my Facebook page Karen Prescod - KarenCounselling
- Search Facebook @karencounselling121
- Facebook message at m.me/karencounselling121
- See my website karencounselling.com
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Training, qualifications & experience
I have a busy private practice covering the Bridgend area, working with adults and young people age 11+, and Employee Assistance Programme clients. Additionally, I work in the community with NHS primary care referrals and at a local college with students age 14+.
Most recent - counselling adults in NHS GP surgeries, dealing with a wide range of issues. Experience with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's), university students, community services, and 3 years with NEETs. I specialise in bereavement grief and loss therapy with family, friends and carers (hospice-trained); working with young people; and in substance misuse/addictions and recovery with clients and carers.
8 years counselling practice in Kent and South Wales; previously 15 years' experience in substance misuse, alcohol and addiction services (including specialist Young Persons' drug & alcohol team), and an Information & Advice youth worker for 3 years before then.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (humanistic route); CPCAB-accredited
- Diploma in Auricular Acupuncture Therapy; SMART UK-accredited
- Addictive Behaviour L3 cert; University of Kent & Canterbury
- Bereavement, grief and loss - training and 3-year placement; Hospice in the Weald
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
- Auricular acupuncture therapy
- Auricular acupressure therapy
- Walk and Talk therapy (all when face-to-face contact resumes)
Currently (due to Covid-19) I'm offering online / video / telephone counselling only. All sessions are £20 for one hour or £10 for 30 minutes.
Usually it's £40 per session, payable by cash, debit/credit card, cheque, or bank transfer. This can be paid up-front or on the day.
Special offer: I appreciate that this is a big investment in your health and well-being; block-book 6 sessions at any time to receive a 10% discount (£216).
For Online / Telephone / Walk and Talk Therapy, payment is made in advance by card or bank transfer.
Gift cards are available, but please note that all client work and information will remain confidential and that recipients must want to access therapy for themselves.
Terms and conditions: There is a £10 room-booking fee for cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment time, so please give as much notice as possible.
Concessions offered for
Confidentiality exclusion: significant harm or risk to life may need to be shared. Factual notes and client contacts are stored securely in line with GDRP.