Karen Prouton

Karen Prouton

Wessex House
Eastleigh
Hants
SO50 9FD

07393 423370

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About me

A very warm welcome to you, and thank your for visiting my profile.

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) and abide by their code of ethics.

People seek counselling support for many different reasons. Life can sometimes feel ever changing and challenges can arise at any moment.  At other times we may feel ‘stuck’, and not able to move forward as we might wish. 

Perhaps 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 find some understanding and new ways of being.  Whatever the reason, you have made an important step forward by exploring counselling options.


How I can help you

My approach has been described as sensitive, warm, creative and accepting. I offer a safe, confidential and open space where you will be seen, heard and understood. I will help you to find your answers; I believe each one of us has the potential to develop and move forward, and ultimately overcome our difficulties.

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.


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 comfortable with and able to talk to. I offer a free 30-minute complimentary 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.

Please do contact me if you would like to arrange a 30 minute session, or if you would just like to talk about how counselling could help you.

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

Full insurance

CRB checked

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

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.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Autism Spectrum Conditions
Learning Disabilities
Learning Difficulties

I am trained in the Rewind Technique which has proven benefits for people experiencing anxiety, phobia and trauma.

Photos & videos

  • My counselling room

Fees

I offer an initial 30 minute session to discuss how I can help which is free of charge.

Each 50 minute session is £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

Eastleigh, SO50 9FD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

I offer appointments during weekdays and evenings. Please contact me for availability.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults