Karen Ratcliffe, MBACP (Accred), 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 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
- FdSc in Counselling - Bath Spa University
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
- Level 3 Award in Education & Training - Bridgwater & Taunton College
- Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Bridgwater College
- Awareness in Bereavement Care - CRUSE
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
- BACP Certificate of Accreditation
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
- Pregnancy & infant loss and bereavement
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Domestic abuse
- Eating disorders & body image
- Creative counselling & sand tray
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- PTSD & trauma work
Please view my supervision profile
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
60 minute individual counselling session - £40
60 minute individual supervision session - £45 (£60 for 90 minutes)
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 an Accredited 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 a current 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)