Karen Senior BA ( Hons) MBACP Accredited - Women's Counsellor and Supervisor
Chester Le Street
Hi I'm Karen, I am a Person Centred Experiential Counsellor, registered and accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My counselling experience includes working within primary care mental health, substance misuse services and the criminal justice system; this is in addition to working with generic mental health problems including low mood, depression and anxiety. My specialism however lies in working with relationship issues, the long term effects of toxic parenting, emotional, childhood, sexual and domestic abuse.
I do not currently offer Couples Counselling, if you require this please see other therapists listed in your area via Counselling Directory.
To date I have over 10 years Counselling experience, having worked within the voluntary sector in addition to NHS, Primary Care Mental Health, in GP Sugeries, Recovery Services, children's services and HMP Durham. I am also qualified to provide Supervision to other practitioners.
Am I the Counsellor for you ?
I am currently focusing my private practice on issues which specifically affect women and girls over the age of 16. Perhaps you are a young mother, carer or student ? you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues or work related stress? you may be approaching menopause or suffering menopausal symptoms? maybe you are caring for elderly parents while also balancing work and family commitments?
Domestic,physical, verbal, psychological and emotional Abuse
I am a member of the Northumbria Sexual and Domestic Violence Network working as part of the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Initiative; raising awareness and knowledge of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Are you recovering from or trying to deal with an abusive relationship, do you feel stuck and unable to ‘move on’? Perhaps your confidence and self esteem has been affected and you are hoping to build resilience and self worth.
What is Person Centred Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Person-centred experiential psychotherapy and counselling is part of the group of therapies that are based on humanistic-existential psychology. The approach is grounded in the idea that people are motivated within themselves towards achieving an optimal level of positive psychological functioning if the conditions in their life are supportive. It is an approach to helping that was originally developed by the psychologist Carl Rogers and has been informed by more recent and contemporary theoretical developments.
I attend monthly clinical supervision sessions, the purpose of these sessions is to monitor my practice and enables me to work ethically in line with the BACP Ethical Framework. Furthermore, I regularly engage in current CPD ( continuing professional development ) training events, seminars and workshops.
What I offer and how I can support you
It is my aim to offer a warm, safe, confidential Counselling environment, in which you may explore your current life issues and difficulties in a way that feels comfortable and respectful for you.
I believe each woman to be unique, and I will work to value and support your personal choices and the directions you choose in life.
I believe you are the expert in your own internal world and you are ultimately the only person who accurately understands how you feel, the only one who can decide who and how you should be, what the true meaning of your life is and how it should be lived.
I also believe that the therapeutic relationship between us will be the most important aspect of counselling. This therapeutic relationship can provide you with a safe space to feel truly accepted, heard and understood in a non-judgemental empathic environment. During our work you will experience me as a real and genuine person within the relationship. I will be open and transparent with my feelings and emotions as I experience them in the moment, I may offer suggestions but will never tell you what you must do.
I believe that the answers you seek are within you and it is my role as a therapist to 'walk alongside you' to support you, to understand, to explore, to challenge where appropriate and also to clarify. I am experienced in working with spells of silence, tears and strong emotions being expressed.
I also currently have capacity for supervision ( male/female) Counsellors.
Experienced with counsellors working in general practice and Counselling students.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training
- BA (hons) Counselling, Leeds University.
- Foundation degree in Counselling, Sunderland University.
- Counselling for Depression, York St John University.
- Registered and accredited member of BACP.
- NCFE Certificate in Supervision II
- Adult safeguarding
- Child safeguarding
- Gender issues
- Self harm
- Working with transgendered clients
- Substance misuse
- Childhood abuse
- Domestic Violence/Abuse
- Working with violent and abusive behaviour
- Mental health first aid
- Assessment and care planning
- Blood bourne virus awareness
- Professional boundaries
- Working with learning disabilities awareness
- Group work
- The suicidal client
- Young carers awareness
- Mood disorders
- Neglect and hidden harm
- Working with dreams
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Recognising the signs of a toxic relationship
- Surviving abuse
- Eating disorders
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Surviving narcissistic abuse
- Toxic relationships
- Emotional abuse
- Gender re-assignment
- Bereavement and loss
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Women only service
Currently working with girls and women aged 16 Years and over.
Your first appointment, which is an assessment/ consultation, will last approximately 30 - 40 minutes and is charged at £20. This will enable us to establish your presenting issues and the appropriateness of our working together.
All subsequent Counselling appointments are charged at £50 per therapeutic hour ( 50 mins) which is payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer at the beginning of each appointment.
Students, and those on benefits/unwaged will be charged £30 per hour.
Supervision ( counsellors, male/female) is charged at £50 for 1 hour or £60 for 1.5 hours
IMPORTANT Cancellation Policy-
Once therapy has commenced, appointments cancelled less than 24 hours before agreed appointment will be charged at full rate.
I work from home in a quiet residential area. Counselling will take place in a ground floor designated therapy room. There is ample on site parking facilities and the premises also has wheelchair access.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email to ask any questions you may have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon 9.00-5.00 Tues 7.00-9.00 Wed not currently available Thurs 7.00-9.00 Fri 7.00-9.00 Saturday 9.00-12.00
Types of client
Supervision & training
I hold a NCFE Certificate in Supervision II.View supervision profile