Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 7th May 2022

About me


Hi I'm Karen, I am a Person Centred Experiential Counsellor and supervisor, registered and accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) currently offering telephone counselling and supervision.

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.

Please note

I do not currently offer Couples or family Counselling, if you require this please see other therapists listed in your area. 

To date I have over 12 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 may affect women and girls over the age of 16. For example you may be a young mother, carer or student, you may be struggling with Covid related depression, sadness or anxiety, You may have low self esteem, relationship issues or work related stress. You may be approaching menopause or suffering menopausal symptoms, perhaps you are caring for elderly parents while also balancing work and family commitments. You may be feeling Numb, sad, alone or isolated.

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 by an affair or betrayal and you are hoping to build upon resiliance and self worth. You may be looking for support with recovery from a controlling or emotionally abusive relationship.

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.

Professional Standards

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 in supervising counsellors working in general practice and Counselling students in placement.

My fee for supervision is £60 for 1.5 hours, discounts for students on placements. 

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 level 5

Training -

  • 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
  • Anxiety
  • Neglect and hidden harm
  • Working with dreams
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Recognising the signs of a toxic relationship
  • Surviving abuse
  • Eating disorders

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

  • Surviving narcissistic abuse
  • Toxic relationships
  • Coping with life when you’re highly sensitive.
  • coercive control in relationships
  • Self esteem and self worth
  • Emotional abuse
  • Recovery from addiction
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Managing your relationship with social media

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Women only service

Currently working with girls and women aged 16 Years and over.


Free initial telephone assessment  

Telephone Counselling £55 per hour thereafter 

Block booking of 6 Counselling sessions £300

Counselling for students and those on benefits will be charged at £40 per hour. 

Telephone Supervision £60 1.5 hours

Telephone Supervision -counselling students -  £45 1.5 hours

Payment can be made by cheque, cash or bacs payment.

An initial telephone consultation, will last approximately 30 minutes and is offered free of charge.  This will enable us to establish your presenting issues and the appropriateness of our working together.

Telephone/email enquiries are free

IMPORTANT Cancellation Policy-

Once therapy has commenced, appointments cancelled less than 24 hours before agreed appointment will be charged at full rate.


Monday - Saturday 9.00am-6.00pm

Further information

  • 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.

Chester Le Street
Co Durham

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Therapy room and toilet facilities are all ground floor rooms.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEPHONE SUPERVISION BA (hons) Counsellor, I hold a NCFE Certificate in Supervision II  My clinical work has included, NHS Primary Care Mental Health, substance misuse services, HMP Durham and the voluntary sector, my specialist interests are childhood/relational trauma and domestic abuse.

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