Karen Rudge

Karen Rudge


07872 834071

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About me

Hello I am Karen and welcome to my profile.I'm a professional qualified therapist working in private practice 'Hope In Hand'.

As we journey through life, we can all experience difficulties at some point. But these difficulties will be different for each individual. Whether it be current stresses and worries or an aspect of life that is troubling you, counselling can provide a safe confidential place for you to bring your troubles.

Working with long - established counselling organisations in Swindon and Chippenham in addition to my own private work here with 'Hope In Hand', I have experience in counselling Adults and journeying with them through a wide range of issues, some of which include:

Low self-esteem, Bereavement and Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Abuse, Self harm.

How I work

As your Counsellor​, I offer a friendly, warm space where you can express yourself freely and safely and explore options without fear of judgement. I tailor therapy to your needs and my aim will be to support you to find your own solutions.

I work in a sensitive, intuitive, empathic and non directive way. I don't tell you what to do or give advice but, where appropriate; challenge where necessary facilitating growth and change and offer my experience of how certain ways of thinking or behaving could make you feel lighter about life and situations.​​​

I am trained in Integrative Counselling, using a Person Centred approach which draws on a useful blend of Psychodynamic insights, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T), Developmental and Attachment Theories within its model.

What this means is that, as every individual is unique, this blended approach allows me to tailor the therapy to your needs and while I'm there with you, I am also separate enough from your life to be able to reflect a different perspective.

I am also able to work creatively in sessions. Creativity is a useful approach for people who may find 'talking therapies' too challenging, or who find that they can feel 'stuck' when talking. This is always a free choice and if this is something that you feel you would benefit from, we could discuss this and include this in our work together.

What I offer

I believe the most important component of counselling is the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor. Therefore, meeting for an initial session is important because it will allow me to assess whether I am the right therapist for you. ​ It equally allows you to get to know me, to ask as many questions as you like and to gauge whether you would feel comfortable enough working with me on a weekly basis.

I offer one to one adult counselling (18yr +), for a wide range of issues. I offer both long term and short term counselling and this will depend very much on you and your needs. Initially, I offer up to six sessions after which we can review your progress and decide if you would like to continue with some further sessions, or if longer term counselling could be of benefit. Each session will normally last about 1hr and I will work gently at a pace that suits your needs. Each session will take place at an agreed time set each week.

If you feel you'd like to talk to me and find out how I can help you, please phone me for a chat or if you prefer you can email me and leave a brief summary of what is worrying you and I will contact you. Please visit my website www.hopeinhand.net, where there is some more detailed information on what I offer and how I work.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a Therapist I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as a Registered member (No. 774878) (MBACP). I am bound by its ethical and legal framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and I am subject to its professional conduct procedure.

My training was carried out at Willows Counselling Service in Swindon, where I gained the following  qualifications:


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate In Integrative Counselling

Level 2 Certificate in Pastoral Counselling

I am a member of the Swindon Counselling and Psychotherapists Network (SCPN)

Along side my private practice I continue to work with long-established counselling organisations in Swindon and Chippenham in addition to my work here with Hope In Hand.

As new counselling theories and practices develop, I too will continue to develop my skills through training and ongoing personal development, ensuring that you receive a high professional standard of counselling that embraces the latest developments. As a member of BACP, I am committed to doing a minimum of 25 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) every year.

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Accredited register membership


During the initial session we will spend some time clarifying your needs and what you hope to gain from counselling. Together we will decide whether you could benefit from counselling and I will  tailor the therapy to meet your needs. My aim will be to support you to explore your options without fear of judgement and help you find your own solutions.

Initial Session is free

Costs - £40 per session, payable at the beginning of each session.

Adult (18+) students £30 per session

Couples - £50

Cancellation or missed appointments: If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give 24 hours notice, otherwise a cancellation fee may be incurred.​

Further information

I can offer daytime or evening sessions. If you have any questions I look forward to hearing from you by Email or telephone with no obligation.

Maps & Directions

Chippenham, SN15

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


With both day time and evening sessions available, Iam able to offer counselling at time which suits you best.

Types of client