Karen Swayne, Counsellor MBACP (Reg)
Sometimes in life, things can become difficult and you can find yourself struggling to manage. You may feel overwhelmed, unable to cope and feel as if you have no-one you can turn to. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression or grief; you may feel sad, lonely, isolated or lost or perhaps you have lost your self-confidence or self-esteem. You may be struggling in your relationship with your partner or family members. You don’t want to talk to your friends because you fear they may judge you, may not understand how you feel or you are concerned that they might talk about you.
I can help you to regain a sense of control in your life and to start to live the life you want. Through self-exploration, and within a professional, confidential, non-judgemental environment, you can explore and come to understand, accept and challenge the thoughts, feelings and actions that may be distressing you or causing unhappiness and identify ways of bringing about positive change.
It is important to take the time to find the right counsellor, and one who is the right fit for you, so that the work you do together can really help you to achieve your aims and goals and to make positive changes. At your first session, we will discuss what you’d like from counselling and how we will be able to work together to help you achieve your goals. It is important for you to feel comfortable working with me, and there is no need to commit to further sessions at this initial session.
If you do decide you would like to go ahead with further sessions, we will discuss and agree a counselling contract that will set out the terms of our counselling agreement, including the number and frequency of sessions and your goals and aims for coming to counselling.
My office is located in Northgate, Sleaford. There is a Pay and Display car park nearby and also free parking available at Tesco supermarket which is a few minutes walk away. The office is also easily accessed via public transport and has disabled access.
Appointments and contact details
If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact me via email or leave me a message or send a text to my mobile phone, 07526 024367. If you are able to, it would be useful to have a brief outline of why you would like counselling. I will reply to your email or message within one working day.
I offer one to one counselling for adults, couples, young people (16+) and student counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for the NHS and within private practice for 9 years and have experience of working with a wide range of difficulties. Further details of these can be found at the end of my page but in brief, these range from relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression; low self-confidence and self-esteem; stress; adjustment; loss and bereavement; trauma.
As a Registered Member of the BACP, I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As part of this, I am committed to CPD (continued professional development) as an integral part of developing my knowledge skills and experience to ensure that I can work effectively and safely with my clients. In addition, I attend regular supervision to ensure safe, ethical and best practice and ensure that I am up to date with current legislation.
Qualifications, Experience and Training
• Degree Psychological Therapy, University of Nottingham
• Level 4 Diploma, Counselling
• Postgraduate Certificate, Supervision, Nottingham
• Nine years’ experience as a Counsellor within the NHS and private practice
• Registered Member BACP
• Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
• Member, IPT UK
• Counselling for Depression, University of Nottingham
• Interpersonal Psychotherapy, East Midlands NHS
• Solution Focused Therapy, NHS
• Systemic Therapy, NHS
• Bereavement Counsellor, Cruse
• Sexual Abuse training, ISAS
• Dissociative Identity Disorder training, PODS
• Transaction Analysis training, The Berne Institute
• Attachment Disorder training, PODS
• Advanced DBS
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Group therapy
Fees per session
• Adults, £45.00
• Couples - £65 (1.5 hours)
Having trained as a humanistic counsellor, I have developed my counselling skills to include a range of therapeutic approaches including Person Centred counselling, Couples Counselling, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy) and Solution Focused Therapy. With this breadth of knowledge, I am able to work with clients in a way that suits them and their individual needs to address their specific difficulties. These different ways of working may sound confusing, but we will talk through your specific needs, so that we can decide together what will work best for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Week days 8.30 - 4.30. Late appointments by arrangement
Types of client
Supervision & training
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