Karen Richards

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Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1EN
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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 (UKCP). 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 Therapy (IPT) 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 20 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 Bayley Hall in Hertford. I can be reached there on www.hertfordcounsellingservice.com

I predominately work Face to Face in sessions but, wishing to respect client choice, I also offer Online therapy sessions via Zoom which is a confidential, encrypted service. I am also offering Telephone therapy sessions for those that would prefer.

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

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£75.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

Individual £75

Couples £105

When I work

I am currently offering Online therapy sessions via Zoom, which is a confidential encrypted service and Telephone sessions for those who would prefer.

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:

Hertford Counselling Service, Bayley Hall, Queens Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1EN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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In person

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

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Karen Richards
Karen Richards