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. I am now back to offering face to face sessions but online and telephone sessions are also available.
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..
How Counselling can help
Life can be so tough at times, and this year has been particularly difficult for many people. It can be helpful to talk to someone outside of your family and to have some time just for 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, experiencing disruptive levels of anxiety, 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). I am fully qualified to offer online and telephone counselling sessions. I am also an Accredited, Certified EFT Practitioner.
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, anxiety, relationship issues, birth trauma, self-harm, self-esteem, OCD, 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: -
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (80hrs)
- Level 1 & 2 in EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - Now a fully qualified Practitioner
- Reiki Level 1 & 2
- Understanding Menopause for Wellbeing Professionals
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free, 30 minute first initial session so that we may determine if we would like to work together. This can be via face to face, online or by telephone.
After that, sessions are 50-60 minutes and are charged at £50 per session.
*Concessions for students and those on low income are available on request.
EFT sessions are charged at £70 per 60 minute session, or you can book 3 sessions for £195 saving £15, or 6 sessions for £360, saving £60. These sessions do not have to be weekly and can be spread out over a number of weeks/months.
Appointments are available in the daytime and evening - Monday - Thursday.
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.