Karen J Smith MBACP
Counselling can seem like a scary prospect for many and you may be feeling unsure about whether I can help you. Maybe you just want to have an informal chat to discuss if counselling is for you or you may wish to get a sense of who I am before you decide your next step.
I offer a safe and informal place where you can relax and be yourself. I won’t criticise, judge or trivialise your issues and I hope to support you with warmth and respect.
I am fully qualified and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, which is the main governing body of the counselling profession. I work in accordance with their guidelines and code of ethics and receive regular supervision to help maintain ethical and professional standards.
I work from private and relaxed counselling rooms near to Stokenchurch. It is conveniently located close to the M40 motorway and is easily accessible to anyone living in the towns of Beaconsfield, Thame, Watlington, Chinnor and Princes Risborough, as well as the surrounding villages and High Wycombe.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training :-
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Concept
Specialist training courses completed in:-
Cruse Bereavement Care – Awareness in Bereavement Care Training
Practising Mindfulness Understanding Mindfulness Using Neuroscience
Drug and Alcohol Misuse in Communities - Level 3
In addition to my private practice work, I provided counselling services for a bereavement charity in High Wycombe for three years
I have counselled children between the ages of 11-18 at secondary school in Hertfordshire.
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
£45 per one hour session - cash, cheque, online banking, payable at the end of each session.
Concessions for counselling students.
Q. How does counselling work?
Sessions are normally one-to-one and take place in a comfortable and confidential environment. Sessions will normally last for 1 Hour and are generally held weekly at a mutually agreed time.
It is important to commit to sessions to create a strong structure between you and your counsellor to get maximum benefit from each session.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
Some people find that a few sessions are sufficient to meet their needs, while I work with some clients who continue counselling for a longer period of time.
During our time, we will review the number of sessions you have and will work to a mutually agreed plan.