Hello, I'm Karen. I offer a safe, caring and supportive space where you can explore fully what is happening for you, to consider options and ways you may want to move forward. Working at a pace set by you and using a variety of tools and approaches that reflect you as a unique individual I will work alongside you supporting you in exploring and understanding the difficulties that may have brought you to seek therapy and helping you towards any changes you would like to make.
I believe that you are the expert on you and so our sessions are guided by what you bring to each meeting. Initially it is helpful to consider what has brought you to counselling, how you would like to work and any goals you may have. l will listen deeply giving you time to be heard; I may make observations and reflections or perhaps explore techniques and tools with you that I feel may help in understanding, moving forward or achieving your goals.
I work with adults and older people and have experience in working with a variety of needs and issues including anxiety, depression, anger, unhelpful thinking, low confidence, self-esteem, relationship issues and complex and multiple issues. (A more comprehensive list of areas I work with can be found further on)
The number of sessions you attend is a personal choice and one we can review regularly, some people will attend just a few times others may choose longer; generally however most people attend between four and twelve. I offer both long and short term counselling to reflect your choice.
Counselling initially is once a week but can also be spaced out over longer periods of time which can sometimes work well if you choose to see me long-term.
Alongside offering counselling to private clients I also provide counselling for a GP cluster and for a local mental health charity.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and as such I am governed by their ethical framework within my work. I also hold an enhanced DBS check.
I do hope that I have been able to answer any questions that you have about counselling with me, but if you would like some more information or perhaps to discuss your personal needs a little before we meet I am happy to answer emails or texts, or if you prefer you can arrange a call by leaving a message. I aim to reply to any inquires within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation degree with distinction in integrative counselling
- Training includes:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Working with personality disorders
- Managing anger
- Transactional analysis 101
- ASIST suicide intervention training
- Samaritan listener and leader training
- Working with children and young people
- Mindfulness for stress
- Mental health first aid
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £35 per session with a reduced rate of £30 for the initial appointment where we can meet and discuss what support may be of help to you and decide how you would like to move forward. You can also email me if you would like additional information before we meet.
At present I am able to offer counselling at the Nurture Centre a few minutes walk from a pay and display car park based in the heart of Carmarthen.
If you would prefer a more tranquil setting we can meet at the Malandi Centre a holistic retreat and healing centre which is situated just 9 minutes drive from Newcastle Emlyn or 21 minutes drive from Carmarthen on the B4333.
Both venues offer a warm, confidential safe place in which to work.