Karen Roper MBACP
07922 717 473
Hello and welcome.
By checking out this directory indicates you might be wanting to find out more about counselling. I know this may feel a little daunting, perhaps even scary and can take courage to make contact. Therefore its important that you choose the right therapist for you and your requirements.
A bit about how I work
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor offering a person centred grounding to my practice. This means that I place you and your emotional wellbeing first with your lead directing the focus of the session. I believe that acceptance, honesty and understanding are key to a positive counselling relationship and work hard to maintain that.
My availability is Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and can offer appointments from 9am to 7pm working from a central base in Gillingham, Dorset.
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.
What can my practice offer?
My counselling practice can offer you an opportunity to discuss personal problems or worries within a safe and confidential service. You may be experiencing overwhelming sadness or worries or perhaps have difficulties within a relationship or with a family issue 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.
What happens next?
We can initially arrange a phone call 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 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 registered member of the BACP working towards my accreditation.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
My fees for individual therapy are £30 to £45 for an hour session although I am happy to discuss concessions for low income. For couples the scale ranges from £45 to £65.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 9 am and 7pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|