Karen Welch BA (Hons), Dip. Couns.,MBACP Registered Counsellor
Welcome and thank you for viewing my profile. We have been and are still living in uncertain and unprecedented times and will be doing so it seems for some time yet. I understand that adjusting to change is not easy and comes with many worries, fears and challenges some of which can be life changing. I guess if you are viewing this profile then you are struggling with life in some way.
People come to counselling for many different reasons. Life can be so demanding at times that it can feel quite overwhelming. Maybe you are feeling sad, anxious, isolated and alone, or you might feel that others are not listening to you or that you are being misunderstood. You may be experiencing relationship problems or have experienced a bereavement or loss, maybe you live with chronic illness, disease or pain or maybe you have a different kind of life changing event or trauma that you are struggling to cope with or it could be that you are at a crossroads in life and not sure which way to turn. Whatever your reasons are for seeking out counselling (Covid-19 related or not) nothing you bring is considered to be too big or too small a problem because if it’s causing you distress then it matters.
I understand that reaching out and asking for help is a daunting prospect so if after exploring my profile you still feel unsure, I am happy for you to contact me for an informal chat. This does not commit you to booking a counselling session with me. The most important factor for you as a client is to find a counsellor who you can relate to and feel comfortable with.
The Counselling I offer provides a professional, safe, and non-judgmental space in which to explore your innermost thoughts, feelings, and concerns with an experienced counsellor. My core approach to therapy is person-centred, however when appropriate I may integrate other techniques into the work that allows me to adapt the therapy to best suit your needs so in effect puts you the client at the heart of the therapy. Having the opportunity to talk and work through the difficulties and concerns you are experiencing can often help to understand and make sense of the current situation and provide potential opportunities for change and to move forward in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional qualifications include:
- BA (Hons) Counselling Studies (University of Essex)
- Dip. Person-Centred Counselling (University of Essex)
- Cert. Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Cert. Couples Counselling
- Cert. MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction)
As part of my commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) I regularly attend further courses and workshops. This allows me to integrate other approaches and techniques into my work and to maintain professional standards.
I have extensive experience of working with clients who present with a range of different issues and concerns both in the long and short term. I worked within a private counselling practice for 6 years, part of that time as deputy manager and currently in my own private practice. I have also worked for various charitable organisations in the voluntary sector some of which include supporting victims of crime, cancer patients and their families and counselling victims of domestic abuse.
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 also offer walk and talk therapy sessions outdoors for individual clients. Walking is known to have both mental and physical health benefits. Being outdoors can also help us to feel connected to nature which can foster a sense of well-being.
Individual online video conferencing or telephone session £45 (50 minutes)
Individual in person walk and talk therapy session £50 (60 minutes)
Couple online video conferencing therapy session £55 (60 minutes)
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework. I have Insurance and hold a current DBS Certificate formally known as CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)