A warm welcome.
My name is Karen Prouton and I am a qualified professional counsellor offering a service within the Eastleigh and surrounding areas. I work using a Humanistic Gestalt approach and integrate other modalities such as CBT and mindfulness based on need. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Are you facing a difficult time in your life? Life can feel ever changing and challenges can arise at any moment. At times we may feel ‘stuck’, and not able to move forward as we might wish.
You may be seeking counselling support because life has presented you with a particular issue or challenge. Or you may be experiencing new or familiar feelings and emotions such as anxiety, low mood or stress and wish to understand and find new ways of being. Whatever the reason, you have made an important step forward by seeking counselling support.
How counselling can help you
As a Gestalt counsellor I am interested in helping you develop awareness of your whole experience. When you have this insight you are better able to understand your patterns of relating to others and the world around you, and how challenging feelings may have arisen. Some patterns may be helpful; some may be preventing you from leading a satisfying life. From this new perspective, you are better able to discover new opportunities and make positive choices and changes, resulting in greater fulfilment, wellbeing and growth. I also integrate approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness depending on your needs and goals.
My approach has been described as sensitive, warm, creative and accepting. I offer a safe and open space where you will be seen, heard and understood. I will help you to find your answers; I believe each of us has the potential to develop and move forward, and ultimately overcome our difficulties.
What I offer
Whether this is the first time you have sought counselling, or you have previous experience, it is important for you to find a counsellor who you feel able to talk to. I offer a free 30-minute consultation session so we can meet to discuss how I may be able to support you, and you can ask any questions you may have.
I provide short- or long-term individual counselling for adults, and young people. This includes working with people with autistic spectrum conditions (including Asperger syndrome), learning difficulties and learning disabilities.
I run my practice from the quiet and comfortable Wessex House in Eastleigh. There is car parking nearby and it is easily accessible by bus and train from the surrounding areas. It has full disabled access.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have previously provided counselling to adults and young people within a busy and diverse further education establishment in Hampshire, and continue to do so within my private practice.
My qualifications include:
Diploma Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling (Distinction) – Buckingham New University
Teacher Training Mindfulness Based Interventions – University of Bangor
BA (Hons) Cognitive Psychology – University of Sussex
I am also committed to ongoing professional development and regularly update my knowledge on a range of issues and approaches through courses, workshops and academic journals.
My background is in the NHS, having worked in a multi-disciplinary learning disabilities team for the past 17 years, hence my keen interest and skills in providing counselling services for people with learning disabilities and people with autistic spectrum conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, and those whose lives have been touched by the conditions. I also teach mindfulness courses for NHS service users and staff and the general public.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Initial 30 minute consultation – free of charge
Each 50 minute session - £40
I also hold some concessionary places for students and those unable to manage the standard fees. Please do contact me to discuss if this is the case.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client