Karen Scothern - MBACP Counsellor
Hello and welcome to my page on the Counselling Directory.
I recognise that it can be difficult to take the first step towards seeking help. Sometimes we internalise messages from those around us that we should be able to cope by ourselves. I understand that things may be going on for you that might be impacting on you in an unhelpful way and you feel that you need support. I hope that you find the following information helpful in making a decision about whether you think I might be the right person to help you.
How I work
I work in a client-centred way, which is open-ended, tailored to the individual and promotes autonomy of the client. I provide my clients with a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and nurturing space within which I accompany my clients on a journey of self discovery. My hope is that you will feel comfortable enough to bring whichever issues are causing you difficulty which may be preventing you from living your life in the way that you wish. I will accompany you as you find the courage to take a closer look at these issues and support you as we face them together.
What To Expect In Your First Session
When I meet a client for the first time, I begin the process by carrying out an assessment. It is during this process that I can begin to understand the contributing factors which have brought you to the point of seeking help. I see the first session as an opportunity to establish with you if we think we will work well together. This underpins my belief that a good relationship between client and therapist is essential for you to achieve the optimum outcome from your therapy.
Where I Am Based
My therapy room is situated within walking distance of South Woodford tube where I can offer various days/times.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in the Person Centred Approach and I hold a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Person Centred Approach. In addition I have a BA (Hons) degree in Health, Psychology and Social Policy and I hold a Nursery Nursing qualification (NNEB).
I have many years experience of managing a large team of staff during which time I have supported people through a variety of challenging times including terminal illness.
As a counsellor I have supported adults in long-term and short-term therapy with a variety of issues including: abuse, anxiety, depression, loss, low self-esteem, relationships, issues related to sexuality.
I have worked with secondary-aged pupils in short-term therapy addressing issues such as social anxiety, family issues and eating disorders.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £55 per session (50 minutes)
I am able to apply concessions to some of my sessions; please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this further.