Karen Roper (MNCS Snr Accred) (MBACP)
Hello and welcome.
I am an experienced integrative counsellor offering a relational approach to my online or telephone practice in Gillingham, Dorset. This means that we would work closely together within the safety of the professional relationship ensuring that you and your emotional wellbeing are central in achieving the outcome you desire. If you feel this way of working may be of interest to you please do have a look at my profile.
A bit about how I work
I believe that the professional working relationship created through acceptance, honesty and understanding is key to a positive counselling experience and potential outcome and I work hard to maintain that. My practice ethos is built around a person centred core and I can integrate different approaches to meet individual requirements.
My current availability is Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and can offer appointments from 9am to 7pm working online or by telephone.
I can offer long or more focused short term therapy and my professional background maintains my experience of working with people of all ages and abilities. My counselling experience has included helping people deal with anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder), trauma, (PTSD), stress and depression, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties or issues, anger, abuse and health related problems. I have a particular interest in issues surrounding self-image, identity and self-esteem.
My counselling practice can offer you an opportunity to discuss personal problems or worries within a safe and confidential service. You may be experiencing uncertainty in life or with your self, perhaps overwhelming sadness or worries or may have difficulties within a relationship and feel talking it over may help.
I offer a gentle, warm and accepting approach which supports building mutual trust, respect and equality, essential for you to feel comfortable. This is so that any challenges or emotional discomfort you may be experiencing can be explored in a safe and compassionate environment in which to you can discover, reflect and make any choices or life changes.
We can initially arrange a short, free, no obligation meeting when we can talk through what you would like from counselling and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We can see how we feel about working together and then, if appropriate, agree on a mutually acceptable time and day.
I look forward to hearing from you and should you feel you would like to find out more just send me an email, text or ring before booking an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and also a registered member of the BACP.
After completing a 3 year commitment as a member of the student counselling team in a local college, I am currently employed part time by a local charity and practice from home on the remaining days.
I have many years of experience within both education and social care sectors working with adults and young people. I have completed the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and qualified with the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, with counselling skills at levels 2 and 3. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Foundation Degree in Education Studies and maintain my CPD by completing a variety of courses which have included
- Introduction to Therapeutic Creativity
- Mental Health Awareness.
- Psychodynamic Approach to Early Trauma
- Rewind technique in Trauma resolution
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- Working with children and young people
- Couples and Family Therapy Diploma
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees for individual therapy are £20 per each half hour session (maximum 90 minutes) although I am happy to discuss concessions for low income. For couples therapy its £30 per each half hour, again there are concessions.