Karen Ratcliffe, MBACP, Counsellor & Supervisor
Hello, I'm Karen. I'm a qualified and experienced counsellor and supervisor, offering a safe, supportive and reflective space to help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour, to help you to make sense of whatever you may be struggling with and to support you to find a way forward.
How I work
I would describe myself as an integrative counsellor, which means I use a mixture of different counselling models and methods. With humanistic theories at the heart of my practice, I draw on other theoretical approaches and techniques such as CBT, motivational enhancement therapy, mindfulness and creative counselling, as necessary. Rather than adopting a “one size fits all” approach, I tailor my work to the individual needs of each client.
I am passionate about my work ― as a counsellor, helping clients to access inner resources and find a way through difficulties, and as a supervisor, helping both qualified and trainee counsellors to grow and develop as therapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have undertaken both open-ended and time-limited counselling, with a wide range of adults, children and young people with diverse issues and needs, delivering general counselling as well as specialist bereavement counselling and drug and alcohol addiction work.
I have experience of a variety of different counselling contexts. As well as my private practice, I have worked in the NHS as a GP practice counsellor, provided counselling and motivational therapy in a substance misuse agency, undertaken loss and grief work in a national bereavement service and worked with adult and young carers within a local voluntary sector counselling service. I am currently working part-time as a staff counsellor in a higher education setting.
MA in Consultative Supervision - University of South Wales
PGDip in Consultative Supervision - University of South Wales
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
FdSc in Counselling - Bath Spa University
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
Level 3 Award in Education & Training - Bridgwater & Taunton College
Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Bridgwater College
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills - Weston College
Awareness in Bereavement Care - CRUSE
I attend regular training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and to further my personal and professional development. Workshops and courses have included:
- counselling children and young people
- safeguarding & child protection
- compassion focused therapy
- domestic abuse
- eating disorders & body image
- creative counselling & sand tray
- acceptance & commitment therapy
- inner child work
- motivational enhancement therapy
- PTSD & trauma work
Please view my supervision profile
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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30 minute initial consultation - free
60 minute individual counselling session - £40
60 minute individual supervision session - £45
Group supervision rates on request
I offer a free 30 minute initial appointment for us to get to know each other and for you to decide if I am the right counsellor or supervisor for you.
A small number of concessionary places are available for those on low income and for counselling students – please ask me for details.
I am a registered member of the BACP and work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am committed to safeguarding and equality and diversity, attending regular training to keep my knowledge updated, and I hold an enhanced DBS.
I work from a quiet, comfortable room in Winscombe, North Somerset, with parking and a bus stop close by. (NB my practice room is up a short flight of stairs)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Finding the right supervisor to support your work can be a daunting process. That's why I offer a free, no obligation, session to see if we are the right fit.View supervision profile