Counselling - Integrated Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Are you looking for a warm approachable therapist to talk to in a safe confidential space? I believe that the relationship between myself as the therapist and you as a client is key to effective therapy. If you need to talk and explore your issues with someone who will listen with empathy whilst enabling you to develop self-awareness and self-compassion, please contact me to see if we can work together.
I am a fully insured and qualified accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred).
I work with children, young people and adults in my Private Practice Coach House Counselling. I also work in a Hospice where I counsel patients, carers and family members (the latter both pre and post bereavement). In addition I have a special interest in counselling individuals on the Autistic Spectrum, those with Learning Difficulties and Language and Communication issues.
Coach House Counselling offers counselling with both daytime and evening appointments available. As a qualified professional, I adhere to the BACP Ethical framework and it's values and principles.
I am currently offering counselling via telephone or Zoom video platform. We can discuss which media you would prefer. Payment would be via Bank Transfer 24 hours in advance.
These are some comments received from previous clients
"You have been my wellness! Thank you doesn’t cover it but I wanted to express how helpful your strategies and ears have been to me. I have learned so much!"
"My husband was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease aged 58 years and died 9 months later. I was devastated. I had great support from my family and friends but talking to Karen was a lifeline. Karen is easy to talk to and helped me understand my grief and gave me hope that the dark days would become less frequent. She encouraged me to give myself time to grieve rather than to constantly busy myself with chores to distract me from thinking about my loss. Karen helped me with coping strategies and suggested I look towards a “different future” rather than “worse future”. Karen was always interested in my life and although I cried for many of the sessions I always felt better after talking. I felt I formed a close bond with Karen who never judged me and was a massive influence in helping me adjust to my new life"
"Thank you for working with my son over the past 8 months to develop his self esteem and become much happier. Thanks also for all the support and encouragement you have given us"
"I am in my 70s. Retired with a successful career, often in leadership roles. I had managed considerable stress but nothing compared to losing my daughter in her 40s. Sadly this tragic event had been preceded by a great deal of earlier stress. After her death I tried to be the strong head of the family, largely blaming myself for not being able to do more. This started having a serious impact on my health and possibly contributed to a min-stroke. It was clear that I had to do something or I was going to self-destruct. In the past I had often encouraged people to have counselling but felt that I was stronger than that. This time I knew that I had to try it. I traced Karen through recommendations and reputation - and am very grateful that I did. She helped me "lance the boil" of the guilt that I had carried about not doing more, and allowed me to properly grieve for my daughter. This counselling was achieved (via Zoom) by Karen listening and asking strategic questions. I was never harassed for a response. We had weekly sessions for about ten weeks. They were concluded mutually when we thought that I had reached a mental state where I could properly grieve, as opposed to my previous depressive state that I was heading into. If you are not sure of how to approach support in such a tragedy, my advice is that you should talk to Karen to explore how you she can help you address your pain. I know Karen can help you by providing an impartial, professional and compassionate relationship"
"Dear Karen, thank you so much for getting my worries away!"
"Thank you so much for being such a great therapist and role model over the last 2 years. I’ve really appreciated your empathy, kindness, patience, experience, guidance, support and lots more. Through all the strangeness of the last year you have provided a consistent safe space and it has been invaluable" Student Counsellor
Training, qualifications & experience
I am professionally qualified, with a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (FdSc) and an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred). I have undertaken further Level 4 specialist training with Place2Be, a successful charity which champions children's mental health and well-being. I have SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence)
I come from a background of working in health and education and believe mental health and well-being is key to enabling us to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Counselling empowers us to support ourselves, with self-knowledge and self-compassion.
I work with adults, young people and children in private practice, with experience of supporting clients with a wide range of issues and challenges. I also offer counselling to student counsellors.
I am privileged to work in a Hospice, counselling patients, carers and family members. As such I have a special interest in supporting those with a terminal or life limiting illness or those affected by this issue and bereavement.
All counselling is tailored to individual need, providing personalised support through a warm and engaging therapeutic relationship.
When working with children I use a child centred approach based around attachment theory, incorporating the language of play and creativity to support the counselling process.
In addition, I have experience of supporting individuals with language and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum and learning difficulties and can differentiate to meet individual needs.
I am experienced in helping clients who are finding it difficult to cope with:
* Relationship issues
* Low self-esteem
* Panic attacks
* Family break-down
* Terminal or Life Limiting illness
* Grief and Bereavement
These are examples of common issues, it is not intended to be an conclusive list. Please contact me with any other issues you may be experiencing to see if I can help!
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Speech and Language Difficulties
Life Limiting Illness
From £60.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
£60 per session (50 minutes) adults
£65 per session (45 minutes) under 18's
Some concession places available for student counsellors - please contact me for information
Payment is by cash on the day or by BACS transfer at least 24 hours before appointment.
Cancellations less than 48 hours before the appointment will result in the full fee being payable.
Please email, text or phone for more information or any questions you may have.
I aim to respond to client enquiries as soon as possible, normally within 24 hours.
I adhere to the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy’s ‘Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions’ . To find out more visit www.bacp.co.uk/ethics.
Coach House Counselling is a fully insured practice.
Flexible appointments, daytime and evenings