Karen Tottman Registered MBACP Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapist
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families, children, young people and adults up to any age. I trained at St Luke's Hospice and also volunteered after I qualified. I feel I use my skills to help you explore your difficult times to help you understand your situation. I offer support short term or long term counselling and psychotherapy, and work with many different issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and difficulties with relationship issues. I offer support and explore choices which will be positive to change how you think, feel, and react to life. I adapt the session accordingly to each individuals needs as every individual reacts differently to obstacles they may face.
Changing your life may come easily, or there can be some hard work or maybe it will be somewhere in between! I work with both individuals and couples, and families with compassion to help you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
"There are times we all need a bit of extra support and help with life's difficulties."
If you feel anxious or low, are you suffering from depression, mild, moderate, to manic depression, feeling confused or overwhelmed with relationship issues, troubles and feelings? you may be struggling with panic attacks and phobias, struggling with self harm related issues. Depending on what you feel your needs might be for example: Life and work stress; relationship difficulties; low mood; bereavement and loss; trauma; anger; anxiety; low self esteem; couples work; personal growth... are some of the areas which you may bring to therapy, please ask if you are uncertain about whether we will be able to work together with your issue.
I am always saying if I had a Magic Wand I would wave my Wand and everything would be ok" "Reality, Life can be difficult, and counselling can help each and every individual person"
Reality is Life can be difficult at time and Counselling can help? Yes talking through ones problems starts a journey together to find your solutions to gain a better understanding of yourself and find a way forward.
My belief is that our mental health is a paramount of importance, it is also true that having therapy could improve ones lives.
Sometimes we are not doing so well, then my role as a counsellor, would be to support you through those difficult times, and create a better life moving forward.
I am an integrative counsellor, and use different elements from the different schools of psychotherapy. I believe it is most important that I offer you a warm-safe environment where you can share your feelings. Whether this is due to feeling lost and alone or just want a helping hand to find your way. Life can be a struggle and maybe you need help with: bereavement, relationship difficulties, divorce, depression, stress, work related stress, eating disorders , domestic abuse, anger. any issue please call 07428911002 for any further information, or book a consultation. Just take the first step and give me a call, as let talk about what is working well in your life? What's not working so well? What can you do differently to make small changes within your life.
Counselling can benefit self-awareness and can give an individual the ability to think and feel with their emotions. Working together we can help gain a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings processes, and find your own solutions to problems within your life. Counselling can certainly help find your own solutions to your problems. We could certainly explore why things are happening in your life, but I don't give advice we explore your options and it will then give you a clearly understanding of your self, therefore you can have the opportunity then to change what you need to and have a clearer mind.
I am committed to my professional development and attend different training sessions to enhance my work as a counsellor. I am also a member of the British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by it's Ethical Framework (BACP).
Please contact me as that is the first step in arranging support within your life, to find solutions to gain a better insight within your life. Karen on 07428911002, or if you prefer email me your enquiry. firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
- Mental Health - Understanding Mental Health Stress/Anxiety/Phobias/Depression/Post-Natal Depression/Bipolar Disorder/Schizophrenia/Dementia/Eating Disorders/ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD Anger Management Programme
- Mental Health
- Anger Management Programme
- Palliative Care
- Safeguarding Children
- Safeguarding Adults
- Transactional Analysis & Inner Child Training.
- Couples Therapy Training
- Life Story Work Shop
- Traumatic Loss & Suicide and its Affects
- What is Play Therapy Workshop
- Mindfulness for Healthy Living Workshop
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Pods Trauma, Dissociation Disorder & Recovery
- Working with Shame and Compulsively
Attachment Focused Counselling Training 2014
Barnardo's Adoption Service Certificate Approved Counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency
Certificate of Attendance Safeguarding Children Foundation
Certificate of Attendance Adoption Counselling Workshop
Certificate of Proficiency of British Association of Counselling Practitioners
Introduction to couple work training programme
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Play Therapy Training (3 Day Course)
Working with Loss and Grief
Supporting Substance Misuse Clients Awareness Training
Equality and Diversity Training (20 Hours)
Enhanced Certificate CRB 25th/02nd/2013
Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training 23rd/01st/2013
Child Protection Training 2011
Go Girls Multi-Agency Training 8th/03rd/2011
Safeguarding Children Training 2010
OCR Level 3 NVQ Teaching Assistants
Level 2 Stop Smoking Training
Brief Interventions Stop Smoking Training 1st/04th/2011
Thurrock c-card Outlet Training 2010
Sexual Health Awareness Foundation Training (SHAFT) 2010
Delay Multi-Agency Training 26th/10th/2010
Introduction to the Study of Psychology 2005
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I worked for Open Door from April 2010 until June 2019; working with young people is the focal point of our role. We attend a variety of settings including primary schools, secondary schools, and a special needs school. All settings are in Thurrock and we deal with children and families from a range of backgrounds and ethnicities. Working with each age group has given me vast experience in assessing the therapeutic needs of the client; then designing a counselling programme in order to target the specific issues that particular child is facing, in a way that is suitable for their age or educational needs.
Within my job role working for Open Door I regularly attend child protection training to up date my knowledge on safeguarding children and working with vulnerable adults. This is important for me because confidentiality is a key part of the role of a counsellor; particularly when counselling children as confidentially cannot be promised.
I attend regularly group supervision and also have one to one supervision following the requirement of BACP guidelines as a counsellor. I regularly attend team meetings to review clients and explore positive outcomes, this is to evaluate the importance of our service and to share ideas on how to allow a child to progress.
Throughout my counselling qualification grief counselling played a huge part of my training. I actually completed my placement hours with Dove community counselling service in 2009. After I qualified I completed voluntary hours for a further year. I have a very good understanding of the grief cycle stages, and following my clients journey through the shock stage by addressing the person who has died as lost, following this could possibly lead to the denial stage where they are not ready to accept their family member has died. The anger and guilt stage explore their blame, and they question why is this happening to me. None of these stages from my experience are set in stone each individual has their own experience following each stage. Throughout each stage it is essential to assess and adapt the sessions according to the child’s age and what stage of the grief cycle they are at. Working in a secondary school I would work on memory books, timelines, and exercises I call “My world” exploring with post-its and this allows me to gain targeted personal information, which I would then assess and use to move forward.
I am an approved adoption counsellor and work for Barnardo’s alongside families struggling with different issues surrounding Adoption/Fractured Attachment.
Working with young people and their families around their attachment issues, working alongside families to repair/understand and move forward within their lives.
Fees: Please note that my fees are sliding scale, and my prices vary between the different rooms, also day to evening sessions.
First sessions are a one off fee of £90.00 pounds, for up to 60 minutes. (Initial Consultation for individuals, although couples are a one off fee of £120.00 pounds, and following individual appointments are £60.00 for 50 minute appointments. Couples counselling would be at a cost of £90.00 pounds for 60 minute appointments, although I could arrange 90 minutes for £120.00 pounds. Home visit can be arranged at a cost of £120.00 pounds for 60 minutes, 90 minutes at a cost £150. All fees are payable in advance to confirm your appointments for the following week. If you are unable to keep your appointment half fees are payable once an appointment has been booked. Full fees are payable less than 7 days notice.
Fees: My fees are sliding scale, depending on your circumstances, which can be discussed at your Initial Consultation. (Please discuss Fees and how much you feel you can afford)
My Evenings Fees:
8:00pm evening sessions for Individuals are at a cost of £75.00 pounds for 60 minutes, Couples/Relationship Counselling would be at a cost of £90.00/£120.00 pounds for 60/90 minutes.
Reduced fees for students can be discussed at an Initial Consultation.
An initial consultation would be at a cost of £90.00 pounds. Then For example 12 sessions of students counselling fees £400.00 Reduced fees (saving £200) Students fees £35.00 per session All fees paid in advance to secure reduced fees. You can break the payment down into two payments of £200.00 pounds.
Payments in advance: Book 6 sessions of 1--1 individual counselling for £300.00 pounds. (Saving £60.00) Any session that are rearranged will accrue an additional charge.
Payments in advance for Couples: Book 6 sessions for £450.00. (Saving £90.00)
Payments in advance for Couples: Book 6 sessions for £600.00 pounds. (60 Minutes)
Payments in advance for Home visits: Book 6 sessions of Home visits £120.00 for 60 minutes £600.00 (Saving £120.00 Pounds)
Payments in advance for Home Visits: Book 6 sessions of Home visits at a cost of £150.00 for 90 minutes £750.00 (Saving £150.00)
Payments in advance for groups: My groups are held on a Thursday evening and they start at 6:30pm and run until 8:00pm. Initial consultations to join a group would be at a cost of £50.00 pounds then the cost of the Eight group weekly sessions would be at a cost of £210:00, Two free sessions are including to allow for absent sessions, although you are more than welcome to attend all eight at no extra cost. All Groups on hold at the moment.
Saturday sessions can be arranged at an additional charge of £27.00 plus session fee. Corringham Room Only
Thurrock Christian Fellowship
2-4 Chase Road
Stanford Le Hope
I offer telephone counselling at a reduced fee of £45.00 pounds for up to 60 Minutes. (If you book six sessions £250.00 a small saving of £20.00 pounds)
Please contact me if you would like to know anymore about the above. Please contact me on: 07428911002. Or email.me email@example.com
Concessions offered for
Experience of working with 1-1 clients with different issues, also relationship counselling between couples and family members. Eating disorders, also mild moderate and severe depression. Post traumatic stress disorders known as PTSD. Grief counselling pre and post bereavement counselling.
My list of experience grows over the years:
• Mental Health Stress-Anxiety-Phobias-Depression-Post-Natal Depression-Bipolar Disorder-Schizophrenia-Dementia-Eating Disorders-ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- PTSD-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Anger management Programme
• Anxiety (e.g. social anxiety and general anxiety)
• Sexually Compulsive Behaviour
• Substance Misuse
• Addictive Behaviour
• Relationship difficulties
• Panic Disorder
• Panic Attacks
• Anger difficulties
• Personality Disorder
• Pain Management
I worked for Open Door as part of their youth intervention team for 10 years, and left in June 2019. My main job role included one to one counselling supporting young people in schools in Thurrock. I also by planning and executing workshops dealing with issues of bullying, low self esteem. friendship and bereavement workshops.
I joined St Luke's to complete my counselling diploma, although after I qualified I volunteered for St Luke's for a further year to gain experience in working with clients, that had bereavement issues with family members of patients at the hospice. These clients were battling with cancer themselves, or a family member and they worked through this difficult time to overcome issues they are faced with one to one counselling support.
As of November 2013 I started as seasonal counsellor for Luke's Counselling where I work one to one with my clients with bereavement related issues.
Since July 2019 I joined St Luke's' team on a permanent basis, bringing all my knowledge and experience that I have gained over the last 15 years.
Some of the different examples of the kind of issues my clients have brought to my counselling sessions were clients with Low self esteem, Trauma, Anxiety, Relationship difficulties, including family relationships, also Depression, and Anger Management. Grief cycle and unresolved grief, Anger problems related with alcohol and drugs, Fear and domestic violence, Rape and guilt and shame also many other issues.
Counselling can offer you warm safe environment where you can share your feelings. Whether this is due to feeling lost and alone or just want a helping hand to find your way, counselling will help you to explore difficult times in your life, and help you have a better understanding and develop confidence which enhances positive change for a more fulfilling happier life, because feelings are what makes us express our selves as humans. My counselling sessions will connect thoughts and feelings, and together work through why negative experience can drain and effect us in life, and to find solutions together. Emotions can be very powerful, and create sadness within life. Together with not feeling positive, and to work through theses thoughts and feelings are important to restore the balance in life. Counselling can be a journey and to work through negative feelings to feel complete, be positive and enjoy a happier life.
What my clients say:
I wish to say thank you for helping my son when his need was great.
My son hit a low point in his life and was in need of therapy, my friend recommended your services and from there on you helped him rebuild and find himself once again.
Even though you were very busy with clients you managed to accommodate him and for that I will be forever grateful.
I will be recommending your service to others.
Thank you and take care
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Karen has been seeing me for over three years now, as I have some good days and some days that my therapy helps me get through and gives me an understanding of my overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Karen has helped me to explore my past history, also linking how my past has effected my life especially within my personal relationships. As I had been through difficult times especially throughout my divorce I felt supported and heard.
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