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About me

(Telephone/Video/Zoom sessions available)

Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, experiencing relationship difficulties or feelings of low self-esteem? Maybe you're going through life-changing events such as bereavement, divorce, long-term illness or feelings of being stuck and not knowing how to move forwards? If so, perhaps it is time to allow yourself some help in a confidential and non-judgemental space where you can explore the issues that are troubling you.

I offer a warm and compassionate environment where you can begin to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and emotions and how they may be impacting your life and your physical and mental wellbeing. I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor experienced at supporting people with a broad range of difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety and low self-esteem
  • Depression, low mood or feelings of emptiness
  • Loss, bereavement and major life changes/crisis
  • Stress and its impact on work, home, relationships
  • Living with chronic disabilities, pain or debilitating health conditions, health/birth-related trauma
  • Trauma, abuse and self-harm

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)) I am bound by its professional code of ethics and practice and am committed to on-going professional development.

Experience and Background

Over the years I have worked for a number of charity based organisations, including The Counselling Foundation, Cruse Bereavement Care and with Her Majesty's Prison service. Prior to counselling I worked as a registered nurse for over 10 years, in hospitals and residential settings before specialising as a practice nurse in a GP surgery. Alongside private practice, I volunteer at a senior school counselling adolescents.

How I work

Our first session will give you the opportunity for us to meet and for you to tell me a bit about yourself and how I can help you. If you decide to continue, we can arrange a regular day and time to meet (or talk). My sessions are 50 minutes, typically held on a weekly basis. I work on an open-ended basis and offer short-term Grief therapy work. Telephone/WhatsApp and Zoom sessions are available.

Please email me/call me for more information to see how I can help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (TCF)
  • Foundation Certificate Psychodynamic Counselling (TCT)
  • Certificate in Bereavement Care (Cruse)
  • Certificate in Facilitating Therapeutic Groups (LTT and Cruse)
  • Certificate in Tackling Addiction (HG)
  • Diploma in Adult Nursing (ENB Nursing and Midwifery, University of Surrey)

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


My fee is £45 for a 50 minute session (limited concessions available)

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Naturality Wellness Centre
42 Lower Kings Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Daytime and Evening sessions available in Harpenden and Luton, Saturday sessions are held at the Naturality Wellness Centre in Berkhamsted.

Types of client

Older adults
Karen Rowlands Dip. Counsellor MBACP

Karen Rowlands Dip. Counsellor MBACP