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Karen Simkins, MA, MBACP

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TW

About me

We all go through challenging times in our life and sometimes it can make a huge difference to talk to someone outside of our immediate situation. I am professionally trained to help people to explore what they are feeling in a caring, non-judgemental and explorative way.

Effective therapy can help to reduce emotional distress, help us to feel less overwhelmed and ‘stuck’ in our situation, reduce our feelings of being alone and unable to connect to others for emotional support and to help us make sense of how we feel and make positive changes for ourselves.

I am an experienced counsellor, registered with the BACP, with many years experience of working in a range of settings, including – Primary Care NHS, NHS-commissioned services and the Voluntary Sector.

I work relationally which means that I place an important value on the therapeutic relationship and will work at your pace, in a way that helps you to feel safe about the way we work together.

I am an integrative counsellor, trained in a way that allows me to draw on different theories so that I can to provide you with an approach that is best suited to your needs.

Perhaps you are looking for counselling because you are -

  • struggling with depression or anxiety
  • experiencing low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • finding it hard to let go of painful memories from the past
  • dealing with the loss of someone close to you
  • coping with work stress/ stressful life events
  • having ongoing relationship problems.

I can help you to explore and reflect on the difficult feelings and thoughts you may be experiencing so that you can understand your emotional responses more fully, which can lead you to make important changes in how you see yourself and how you might relate to those around you. Sometimes it can help us to look at how the past has shaped our emotional responses so that how we react in the present moment, is less puzzling or frustrating and can be a stepping stone to making changes within ourselves.

At an initial session, we can discuss what you feel you need from therapy and I can answer any further questions you may have about how I work. It can be a daunting decision to have counselling and if you prefer, you can call me for a free brief chat before committing to an initial appointment.

I work with individuals on a short term basis and also offer longer-term work. We can discuss your preferences further at the initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling – University of Leeds
  • Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy – Level 1 – Strathclyde University
  • Bereavement Course – Bradford Bereavement Service
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills – Level 1 - Chester College (University of Liverpool)

I have experience of working in a Bereavement service, NHS Primary care setting, and NHS-Commissioned services.

I have regular supervision of my work and undertake continuous professional development courses throughout each year, in accordance with the BACP guidelines and work within the BACP’s Ethical Framework.

I am a registered member of the BACP and I am fully insured.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

-          Send me an email

-          An initial 50 minute appointment costs £30

-          Further 50 minute sessions cost £45



Queen Street
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person
Karen Simkins, MA, MBACP

Karen Simkins, MA, MBACP