K Walker - FD Couns, BSc (Hons) Psych, PGCE, PgCert, Dip.Couns, MBACP, MBPsS
Welcome I'm Karen. Many people experience anxiety or depression or other psychological or mental health difficulties at some point in their lives. Thoughts about a difficult past, trauma, adverse childhood experiences or current problems can cause psychological suffering. Sometimes relationship difficulties, infidelity, caregiving, isolation, bereavement or a sense of inner conflict can give rise to mental distress too. Whilst the origins of thoughts and feelings are often difficult to identify, they can become overwhelming, even manifest in physical difficulties. Counselling/psychotherapy can help you understand, tolerate or accept how you feel. It is a joint endeavour between client and therapist which can help you begin to make personal change, if this is what you want.
I offer short and long term psychodynamic therapy in Edinburgh and Dunfermline (since 2014).
The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis, it makes use of over 100 years of clinical research and theory. This psychotherapeutic model foregrounds the importance of relationships and past experience in shaping current thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Therapists aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship and encourage clients to talk about past experiences and relationships. Psychodynamic therapy makes the assumption that, without exploration, much of what we are uncertain or 'conflicted' about is not readily available to our conscious awareness. Techniques used include, for example: free association, interpretation (where meanings given to thoughts/wishes are considered) and transference, where feelings experienced in previous significant relationships are thought about in terms of current relationships and the relationship built between the client and therapist (BACP 2019).
Psychodynamic theory suggests that various psychological forces, both conscious and unconscious, underlie human behaviour and that childhood experiences extert ongoing influences on adults. Psychodynamic psychotherapy thus aims to work with both the conscious and the unconscious often focussing on past history as well as present experiences (O.U. 2020).
Please call me on: 07500 369 007 or click here to send me an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is added to over 10 years' experience meeting the additional support needs of young people and their families by providing and procuring multi-agency support for education, behaviour, emotional and mental health difficulties. I am interested in working with clients who are experiencing any type of family or relationship issues.
I welcome the opportunity to work with clients who (whether diagnosed or not) might identify as neurodiverse or as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Equally, studies in diversity and a passion for equality and inclusion contribute to my satisfaction when working with clients who experience any physical or psychological barriers to living.
My corporate experience spans employment in a number of sectors of the economy, in the UK and abroad. I also have an interest in working with clients who encounter workplace stress or relational difficulties.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology - The Open University.
- Postgraduate Certificate of Inclusive Practice - University of Aberdeen.
- Postgraduate Certificate of Education - University of South Africa.
- Diploma Stage 1 Professional Education Scheme IPM - Napier University Business School. [now Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)].
- Foundation Degree in Counselling - The Open University
- Registered Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Reg.MBACP
- Counsellor Member Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland - CMCOSCA
- Full Member with graduate basis for chartership - The British Psychological Society - MBPsS
- Member Human Development Scotland
Other/Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Mindfulness Meditative Practice - Playfield Institute.
- Troubling behaviours in Children and Young People - Playfield Institute.
- Anxiety Management Groups - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
- Reading philosophy for CPD (University of St Andrews).
- Introduction to Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Society - Human Development Scotland.
- Talks and Seminars
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Individual - £45 per session Fife/£50 per session Edinburgh.
Couple - £60 per session Fife/£65 per session Edinburgh.
Two family members (e.g. parent and young person) - £60 per session Fife/£65 Edinburgh.
Fees can be paid by bacs (48hrs in advance of booking) or cash at the time of session.
Sessions are 50 mins.
Non attendance or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice - full session fee applicable.
More than 24 hours' notice of cancellation or rescheduling - no fee.
As a registered member of a counselling profession representative body, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work in accordance with it's Ethical Framework. Additionally, I am a counsellor on the Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland - COSCA's Register which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I adhere to COSCA’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice too. I am subject to the BACP and COSCA's complaints procedures.
I engage in continuing professional development and take regular clinical supervision.
The name of the practice is Candid Counselling Consultancy Ltd, the work is fully insured.
In addition to private practice, I dedicate a number of hours each week to philanthropic work.
Deciding whether to have counselling/psychotherapy can be difficult. If you are considering trying therapy, the first step is to make contact by confidential email (below) or telephone (above). I can talk with you (without charge) in the strictest confidence about what to expect and answer any questions you may have. This gives you the chance to think about whether you would like to work with me.
I also see clients at: 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AP. A short walk from Haymarket train station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please note telephone sessions require separate arrangements for paperwork.
Wednesday (Day & Eve Edinburgh) Thursday & Friday (Eve Dunfermline) Saturday (Dunfermline)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|