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.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am currently offering online sessions via zoom and telephone sessions.
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 Accredited Registered Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), I adhere to an 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
• Accredited registration NCS
• 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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling 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.
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
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.