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KarenCounselling rmbacp (Accred)

About me

Do you need a safe confidential place to speak honestly and openly, with someone neutral and non-judgemental?  I'm an experienced person-centred therapist; warm and caring - here to listen, understand, and support you with your concerns.

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, stressed, anxious or depressed, 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 therapy and the 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:  I'm working from my welcoming and tranquil home-counselling room, offering online video-conferencing and telephone therapy.  Weekday session fees are £40 per hour,  with evenings/weekends £50 per hour, and concessions £30 per hour. 

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 5 days a week, plus occasional Saturdays.  Sessions usually start on a weekly basis but can then change to fortnightly, monthly, or check-ins.  Appointments can be flexible to fit in with your schedule.

Before your first session:  We will have usually spoken on the phone to arrange your first appointment.  I email (or post) a Welcome Pack for you to complete, sign, and return before your first session.  This provides clarification on how I work, and what to expect.  Please feel free to ask any questions at any time.

What to expect on the first session:  Our initial meeting will include talking through your completed welcome pack forms.  This will offer an opportunity to explore your reason/s for coming to counselling at this time, any changes you'd like to make, and goals or aims you may have.  If you have not been able to complete your welcome pack forms, we can do this at the start of your first session. 

The majority of this first session - and then all 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 55-60 minutes therapy, with additional time to make your payment and rebook.

Counsellors are very aware of how it feels to start therapy, so do understand that you may feel anxious or nervous when considering sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Making contact:  Please get in touch for a free telephone consultation, more information or to make a booking.....

  • Email me directly from this page
  • Call or text 07486 880121
  • Click on my Facebook page Karen Prescod - KarenCounselling
  • Search Facebook @karencounselling121
  • Facebook message at m.me/karencounselling121
  • See my website www.karencounselling.com / karencounselling.co.uk

Additional Therapies: Auricular acupuncture and acupressure can be used as an adjunct to face-to-face counselling, where appropriate and helpful. It's especially effective in the areas of substance use and mental health.  Please ask for more information.

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Training, qualifications & experience

I have a busy private practice providing 1-1 counselling to adults and young people age 18+, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) clients, and college students.  Currently this is all online video-conferencing and telephone work, so clients can be anywhere in the UK and have sessions from the comfort of their own home.

Previously, I supported adults in NHS GP surgeries dealing with a wide range of issues, and with clients referred from NHS primary mental health teams.  Experience with Employee Assistance Programmes, university students, community services, and NEETs.

I specialise in:

  • Bereavement, grief, and loss therapy with family, friends and carers (hospice-trained)
  • Areas where Mindfulness can help i.e. anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, stress, deadlines, workload, chronic pain
  • Substance misuse/addictions and recovery with clients and carers (NHS-trained)
  • 10+years counselling practice in Kent and South Wales; previously 15 years' experience in substance misuse, alcohol, and addiction services, and an Information & Advice youth worker for 3 years before then.
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (humanistic route); CPCAB-accredited, Level 4
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling; Counselling Tutor.com
  • BACP & NCS Accreditation
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Level 2 & 3 in Counselling Skills & Theory
  • Diploma in Auricular Acupuncture Therapy; SMART UK-accredited
  • Addictive Behaviour L3 certificate; University of Kent & Canterbury
  • Bereavement, grief, and loss - training and 3-year placement; Hospice in the Weald

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Please note that I do offer relationship counselling but not couples' counselling, and I'm not a CBT-specialist.

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer online video-calling and telephone counselling.  All daytime sessions are £40 per hour.   The fee for evenings after 6pm and weekend sessions is £50 per hour. 

Bookings of 6+ full-price sessions, paid in advance by bank transfer, attract a 10% discount.

My counselling-student and low-income fee is £30 per hour.

*Please note that appointments are 'reserved only' until full payment is made by bank transfer or card; this will confirm your booking*. 

Gift cards are available, but all client work and information will remain confidential and the recipients must want to access therapy for themselves.

Terms and conditions: There is a non-refundable fee policy for cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment time, so please give as much notice as possible to avoid this happening.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I answer enquiries asap, between 8am-8pm.  I usually work Mon-Fri and some Saturdays.

Online/video/ telephone sessions available.

Please get in touch if you need support; I'm here to help.

Further information

Confidentiality exclusion: significant harm or risk to life may need to be shared.

Factual notes and client contacts are stored securely in line with GDPR guidance.

Concessions as above: £30 per hour - please ask for more information.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

I'm experienced and qualified to work online and on the telephone, and am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist.

Bridgend, CF31

Bridgend, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, CF35

Type of session

Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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