Karen Stern

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London, N1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work with a wide range of issues that may impact your overall well being.  This includes feelings of grief, loss, anxiety, low self-esteem, challenging family or romantic relationships, and struggles at work.

Therapy can help to make sense of what is causing you distress by exploring new ways to manage feelings so they don’t manage you. Therapy can help you to uncover the obstacles that hold you back, change old thought patterns, make better choices, and feel more fulfilled.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an integrative therapist. Integrating three main therapeutic theories, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), enables me to engage with clients in the way that is most helpful to them.  Every situation and perspective is unique and so I use a client directed approach, where you decide what you would like to talk about in our sessions, be it daily life, loss, anxiety, workplace challenges, or relationship issues.  The aim is to help you gain a better understanding of why you feel the way you do and to learn new tools to feel regulated and empowered.

Our relationship is a collaborative one, I will work with you in a supportive, confidential space to explore what is going on, in an objective and non-judgemental way.  I will help you shed old belief systems and discover your authentic voice.

My interest in people and the connections they make led me to a career in Human Resources. I saw how mental wellbeing was negatively impacted by conflict and a stressful work environment.  I retrained as a therapist when I came to recognise that I liked the employee relations aspect of the job the most, the support I was able to offer to others to help develop a more meaningful working relationship.     

I grew up in California.  Moving to a new country, adjusting to different customs and social behaviours, leaving behind friends, family and community is another type of loss that can lead to feelings of being unanchored. 

I have a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling and have completed the BACP How To Do Counselling Online coronavirus primer course.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in Human Resources Management.  I am a registered member of the BACP and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.  In addition, I am DBS checked, fully insured, and regularly attend continuing professional development seminars.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society


£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Cigna

Additional information

I work in person at Barnsbury Therapy Rooms as well as offering sessions online.  I charge £70 per 50 minute session.  The number of sessions is up to you,  I work both short term and open ended.   

Please contact me to book a free 15 minute consultation. This is an opportunity for you to share your reasons for seeking therapy at this time, what you hope to gain, and learn how I can best support you.  As the therapeutic relationship is integral to my approach, getting to know each other and making sure we are the right fit is important.

When I work

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Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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Karen Stern
Karen Stern