About me

There are times when situations in our lives feel out of control and feelings can be difficult to manage. I provide a safe space for you to explore and develop a deeper understanding of your current and past relationships, behaviours and issues. Together we will work to help you develop insight to understand and manage your feelings. You will develop resilience to better manage difficult situations in personal, family and work relationships to help you gain a clearer sense of purpose, meaning and the ability to make the changes you hope for.

I am happy to work face to face or on video conference. If you choose to come to see me in person, I will send you clear guidelines of our COVID-19 procedures to ensure that we work as safely as possible.

If you are happy, we will start with a brief telephone chat before our initial meeting. The meeting will give us the chance to get know each other and see if we can work together in a way that will be helpful to you.

I completed my counselling training in 2014 and am also a qualified social worker with special interest in children and young people, their parents and the wider family.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained to work with adults in open ended psychodynamic counselling and have experience in working with adults experiencing a range of difficultes including depression, loss, bereavement, separation, relationship difficulties, self harm and suicidal thoughts, anxiety, emotional, physical and childhood sexual abuse. I am able to offer open ended or time limited counselling.

  • BACP/WPF Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • BACP Accredited WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Theory and Skills
  • BA Social Work specialising in children and families

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.

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.


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Registered with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Fees: £50 per session 

I work within the framework of the BACP’s guidelines for ethical practice and GDPR guidelines for confidentiality and all client information is treated in confidence.

I work from the Coastal Practice, Hengistbury Head which has off road parking.


We will be able to agree a date and time for weekly sessions after an initial assessment has been completed.

Further information

I am committed to ongoing learning and as part of her continued professional development has completed:

  • Attachment Based Parenting Programme
  • Working Relationally with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Complex Trauma
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Loss and Bereavement Training
  • Solution Focused Training
  • Children's Mental Health training
  • Supporting Children and Young People who Self Harm
  • Working with adults who have experienced early developmental trauma
  • Neuroscience and the teenage brain
  • Working with survivors of domestic violence


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Karen Sampson

Karen Sampson