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Karen Schumann MBACP - Olive Tree Counselling

Stotfold, Bedfordshire, SG5 07590 050606 07590 050606
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, SG5
07590 050606 07590 050606

About me

**Only telephone or online counselling available at the moment**
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 am currently offering telephone and online counselling.

*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.

Thank you

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.

Some of the courses I have completed recently are: -

  • The Open University & BACP Course - 'A Coronavirus Primer‘
  • Reiki Level 1 & 2
  • Level 1 in EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique (Level 2 this year)
  • Understanding Menopause for Wellbeing Professionals

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Birth trauma

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

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.

**In light of current events, I am now offering telephone or online counselling, which will still be £45 for a 50 minute session or I can offer a 30 minute session for £25**

*Concessions for low income groups and key workers are available on request.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

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.

Stotfold
Bedfordshire
SG5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

The counselling room at Olive Tree Counselling is accessed via a flat driveway. There is one small step into the room.

Availability

Daytime and Evening appointments available - Monday - Friday.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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