Karen Richards

Karen Richards

Prince Of Wales House
3 Bluecoats Avenue
SG14 1PB

07894 701 991

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About me

I am a sensitive, respectful and widely experienced therapist. I work with high standards of integrity and adhere to a professional code of ethics and good practice. My core model of therapeutic understanding is Psychodynamic, which is informed by additional trainings in the Systemic, Psychological First Aid (Trauma), Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Interpersonal (IPT) Therapy theoretical approaches. This enables my work with the individual to be flexible and adaptive in the desire of being most helpful to my clients.

Just as everyone is unique, the length of the Counselling or Therapy relationship can be tailored to suit the need, time limited to focus on a particular difficulty / situation, or can be a wider, deeper, exploration, providing support over a longer term. My clinical practice during the last 14 years has involved working with both individuals and couples in various settings and organisations (including the NHS and Relate), as well as in private practice. I have also found providing clinical Supervision to Psychodynamic and Multi-disciplinary therapists, individually and in groups, to be an extremely rewarding experience.

I am part of Hertford Counselling Service, located in Bluecoats estate in Hertford. I can be reached there on www.hertfordcounsellingservice.com

Training, qualifications & experience

1998 - 2000 OCR Diploma Foundation and Certificate in Counselling.

2000- 2002 University of Hertfordshire. Diploma in professional studies of Psychodynamic Counselling.

2000-2002 WPF (Herts & Beds Counselling Foundation). Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

2002-2004 WPF (Herts & Beds C Foundation). Advanced Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling.

WPF (Herts & Beds Counselling Foundation). Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills.

2005-2006 Relate Central Office. Fast Track in Couple Counselling (Systemic).

2006 Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. Post Grad course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

2006   Herts & Beds in association with CID Training. Diploma in Critical Incident Debriefing.

2008   WPF (Herts & Beds Counselling Foundation). Diploma in Supervision of Psychotherapists.

2013   University of Surrey Camb & Peterborough NHS Trust. IAPT: Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

As part of the above qualifications I have had training in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and worked clinically with a very broad caseload of clients. I have worked as a Therapist and Supervisor in Charitable Community Counselling Centers, Schools, NHS, NCH alongside Social Services, Employee Assistance Programmes (as a manager and clinical supervisor, but also as a therapist), Relate Counselling Centers, GP practice within a very busy and challenging inner city location. As well as many years of private practice in Hertford.

I have also worked as a Clinical Supervisor to Counsellors and Therapist during and after training. This Supervision to qualified and practitioners in training have been provided in professional and charitable organisations, as well as in my private practice.

My Professional Memberships:

UKCP United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists

BACP Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

FPC Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling

UKRC United Kingdom Register of Counsellors

BAPPS British Association of Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Supervisors

IPT UK Interpersonal Therapy United Kingdom                                       

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Individual £60

Couples £80

Further information

I have a commitment to continuing my professional development to provide the best service possible for my clients. I also operate a fully insured practice.

Hertford Practice:
I am part of the Hertford Counselling Service. Our rooms are in a calm confidentual space. We are based in Bluecoats Estate this is not a domestic residence, but dedicated consulting rooms. We are situated close to Hertford East Station within easy walking distance. There is car parking immediately opposit the location.

I am an approved provider registered with the following medical health insurers:

Maps & Directions

Hertford, SG14 1PB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

In 2009 I qualified with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation as a Clinical Supervisor.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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