Karen Schumann MBACP - Olive Tree Counselling
My name is Karen Schumann and I run Olive Tree Counselling, which is a private practice based in Stotfold, nr Hitchin. I have my own room at home, which is private, safe and comfortable.
Thank you for viewing my profile and for thinking about the possibility of starting counselling. This can feel quite daunting and taking that first step isn’t easy, which is why I’ve tried to include some helpful information here and on my website.
It is also why I offer a free 30 minute first session, so that you may come along, find out some more information and maybe ease some of the anxiety about counselling.
What to Expect
I practice the Person-Centred approach, which is non-directive and means that you are at the very heart of the counselling session. I work at your pace and ensure we work on what you (the client) would like to work on.
In our counselling sessions, you will receive empathy and kindness in a safe, warm, non-judgemental space. Together we will explore your thoughts and feelings to help you gain self-awareness and to help support you in moving forward.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling and this can be reviewed as we go along.
I have recently trained as a level 1 Reiki therapist, and can use this as another tool in my practice, if the client wishes.
*Please see the fees section for fees. Concessions are available.
How Counselling can help
Life can be so tough at times and it can be helpful to talk to someone outside of your family and to have time for just you. Sometimes just being heard can bring such relief.
People come to counselling for many different reasons; perhaps you are experiencing a loss or bereavement, struggling in a relationship, struggling with your self-esteem, or perhaps you just need time to work on yourself and reflect.
Counselling can give you the time and space to talk these things through, as well as help to process events that may have happened in your life.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or any reassurance that you may need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified, experienced Person-Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
As a member of the BACP I work to their code of ethics called the Ethical Framework. This framework covers areas such as values and principles of counsellors and is there to protect clients and counsellors.
I also have regular supervision with a professional, accredited supervisor who adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics in maintaining client confidentiality.
Since qualifying as a Counsellor in 2010, I have worked with adults and young people with a range of issues such as bereavement, loss, depression, relationship issues, birth trauma, self-harm, self-esteem, anxiety, domestic abuse and sexual abuse.
I am committed to personal and professional development and attend regular ongoing Continued Professional Development training.
I have recently trained as a Level 1 Reiki therapist and can use this in my work, if the client wishes.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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I offer a free, 30 minute first initial session so that we may determine if we would like to work together.
After that, sessions are 50 minutes and are charged at £45 per session.
*Concessions are available on request.
Stotfold is easily accessible from the A1 and fairly central to most towns. It is 10-15 minutes from Arlesey, Hitchin, Baldock, Letchworth and Stevenage. It is also 10-15 minutes from Henlow and Shefford.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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The counselling room at Olive Tree Counselling is accessed via a flat driveway. There is one small step into the room.
Daytime and Evening appointments available - Monday - Friday.
Types of client