About me

 

Hello and welcome to my profile.

Seeking counselling can perhaps be a rather daunting process and often who to choose as your counsellor may be a challenge. It's important that there is a ‘good fit’ for you as this could impact on your overall experience. So, if you are looking for an integrative counsellor who is experienced and qualified with working online and telephone, do read through my profile here as it may be that we may fit well.

How we would work together:

The therapeutic space offered is relational. This means that our relationship is at the heart of the work we would do and central to the approach is warmth, acceptance and empathic understanding. Here, we would work together on the issues that are troubling you.

You may perhaps feel overwhelmed by strong feelings specifically associated with grief and loss or the effects of trauma or there may be another area which has caused you distress. Any issue that can be so very troubling can increase feelings of anxiety, (including generalised anxiety disorder or social anxiety) depression, sadness, stress and anger or a general dissatisfaction in life and therefore can touch many different areas which may affect your personal world. 

My belief is that each of us has the capacity to grow, change and manage strong or confusing emotions as we go through life, although sometimes the past or present events can skew this and therefore the process is perhaps more challenging. I see my role is to help you to find your own capacity to do this which might be just a bit hidden at the moment.

Our work together, underpinned by humanistic roots yet would draw on a variety of models to support your requirements. Therefore, if it is appropriate, we may work from a more cognitive or solution focussed approach perhaps exploring and working towards goals. Likewise, you may wish to explore your past to understand how it impacts on the present time and hence we may use an approach influenced by psychodynamic values.

We may work together online using Zoom, WhatsApp or email or by telephone (either mobile or landline). This method opens up opportunities for increased access, and flexibility for  busy lives or challenges in accessing traditional face to face therapy.

The next step:

Please do not hesitate to make contact if my way of working is of interest to you. We would then make further contact either by telephone or video platform when we can decide on future appointments. There is no obligation to continue and this introductory session is free.

I look forward to us speaking soon.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an historical grounding in both social care and education and counselling experience in a variety of settings including HE/FE college, a variety of EAPs, a voluntary sector charity and a public service department as well as in private practice.

My counselling qualifications include:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body CPCAB.)
  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling  (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body CPCAB.)
  • Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision Online, telephone and face to face (pending placement hours)
  • Certificate in online and telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor.)
  • PGCE (University of Plymouth)
  • Certificate in Relational Therapy (Relational School of Therapy)
  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Counselling Young people 11-18 years. (Redlands Counselling Training)
  • IARTT Rewind Trauma Therapy (International Association or Rewind Therapy)
  • Mindfulness (Strode College)
  • Asist Suicide training
  • Level 3 safeguarding

I maintain a healthy approach to ongoing CPD and feel passionate about learning and developing my skills and knowledge.

I am a Senior Accredited Member of National Counselling Society (MNCS Snr Accred) and I abide by their Code of Ethical Practice and am subject to their complaint’s procedure.

I hold Professional Liability Insurance through Oxygen (Hiscox Insurance Company Limited) and am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees for individual therapy are £40 per hour online or telephone although I am happy to discuss concessions.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays between 9 am and 7pm, Saturday 9 am till 1pm.

Further information

When considering our work together, I am aware that I'd like to draw your attention to the presence of my two dogs. May I introduce you to my two beautiful four-legged friends who share my counselling time with me.

They are a hairy Lurcher and a fox red Labrador who, since the beginning of the pandemic and working from home, have developed separation anxiety and now protest loudly if we are parted. Hence, they lovingly share my office space during sessions.

They are both generally well behaved and very quiet as they tend to sleep throughout the day, although they can be vocal if someone comes to the front door. Likewise, with regard to noise, they can also sometimes provide a gentle distraction through the canine dreaming sounds that they evoke.

In general terms they do not impact on the therapy hour however, it is important that you are aware of their existence as it may have an influence on your decision when choosing a counsellor.

Testimonials:

"Karen is a very warm, understanding and open minded person who has helped me through so many very difficult periods in my life. She is incredibly calm and gentle in her counselling, and allowed me the space and time to explore things deeply, together with some fascinating and effective techniques for re-adjustment to trauma."

For more testimonials, visit my website.

Gillingham
Dorset
SP8

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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I believe that using online or a telephone increases access to counselling therapy.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Skype

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

At the moment I am a supervisor in placement so if this interests you then I can currently offer supervision at a reduced fee.

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Karen Roper

Karen Roper