Karen Swayne MBACP (Reg); Dip Couns; Supervisor

Karen Swayne MBACP (Reg); Dip Couns; Supervisor

Aura Business Centre
Mansfield House
22 Northgate
NG34 7DA

07526 024367

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Aura Business Centre
Mansfield House
22 Northgate
NG34 7DA

07526 024367

About me

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.

Next steps

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.

I offer an initial meeting (30 minutes) free of charge so that we can discuss what you’d like from counselling and to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. It is important for you to feel comfortable working with me, and there is no need to commit to further sessions at this initial stage.

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.

Further information


My office is located in Northgate, Sleaford. There is some limited free parking and also a Pay and Display car park nearby. 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. In addition, I am a supervisor, coach and trainer.

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 depression and anxiety; low self-confidence and self-esteem; relationship difficulties; 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

  • Nine years’ experience as a Counsellor within the NHS and private practice
  • Level 4 Diploma, Counselling
  • 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
  • Degree, Psychological Therapy, University of Nottingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Supervision, Nottingham
  • Bereavement Counsellor, Cruse
  • Sexual Abuse training, ISAS
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder training, PODS
  • Transaction Analysis training, The Berne Institute
  • Attachment Disorder training, PODS
  • Advanced DBS

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


I offer one free initial session (30 minutes) to enable us to discuss your reasons and goals for coming to counselling and to provide us with the opportunity to meet and discuss any concerns or questions you have about the counselling process. If you decide to go ahead after this initial session, fees per session are:

Fees per session

• Adults - £35 (50 minutes)
• Couples - £60 (1.5 hours)
• Trainee Counsellors - £30 (50 minutes)
• Young people - £30 (16-21 years old; 50 minutes)

Further information

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

Sleaford, NG34 7DA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Week days 8.30 - 4.30. Late appointments by arrangement

Types of client

Young people
Older adults