Karen Toms

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Person Centred & Creative Gestalt Counsellor MBACP, GMBPsS
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Plymouth PL4 & Tavistock PL19
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Counselling with me will be a safe place for you to explore how you are feeling right now, gain clarity about what has brought you to this point and decide what you’d like to do differently moving forwards. 

From the outset during our assessment and throughout our work together the focus will be on your unique needs and the outcome you would like to achieve. My aim will be to put you at ease so you feel about to talk freely and enjoy a positive, rewarding counselling experience. Everything is welcome in our sessions and we will balance the difficult conversations with lighter moments. I will support you to create the mindset and conditions that will make you flourish.  

However long we work together, we will make sure we check in on a regular basis with your goals. This allows us to review our progress, check that the goal(s) is still correct or whether it needs updating and also discuss how we are working together and if there is anything you would like to change. I have found that lasting results usually come from making holistic changes. This means we will explore different aspects of your life, not just focus on how you think and feel. 

It takes courage to reach out for counselling, so it's important you have all the information you need about what to expect. If you have any questions or you would like to make a time for an initial assessment, please do get in touch on 07341 162825 or via hello@karentoms.com.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • MSc Psychology


  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

We could work together on either a short term fixed number of sessions or a longer open ended basis depending on your needs.

We can schedule our appointments on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Payment can be made by bank transfer.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Early morning and evening appointments are possible if required. My availability can vary depending on my caseload so please get in touch and we can discuss how we can work together.

46 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6LE

Wellness Rooms, 2 Brook Street, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0BN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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Online platforms

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