Karen Whiteside

Karen Whiteside

54 Charles Street
CF10 2GF

02920 396998

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About me

I am a highly qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, accredited with both the National Counselling Society and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I prioritise the unique working relationship with each client.

I approach our relationship with empathy, curiosity, patience and goodwill, and have enjoyed the experience of working with clients on a wide range of issues. Ethics are at the heart of my practice, and I offer a safe, principled and confidential experience.

Why some people come to therapy.

You may have recognised that you feel caught in painful memories, difficult relationships or a pattern you want to break.

You may decide that things have become impossible, you can't carry any longer, nothing you do seems to make any difference.

You may want to talk through difficult issues in your relationships, or explore things that happened in your childhood.

You may be looking for ways of understanding and managing depression or to find new and more supportive ways of dealing with anxiety or panic attacks.

You may want a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings about your sexuality, or gender.

You may be need someone outside your close circle to talk through a relationship crisis, an affair, or betrayal.

You may be struggling to come to terms with loss or bereavement, or dealing with other less easy losses to explain, as you support a family member in ill health.

You may feel alone, scared, angry or lost.

My approach

I help create a relationship in which people feel supported. This makes it possible for my clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that feels safe.

My training

My training is as an Integrative therapist. This means I draw on a number of models. My emphasis is on those that highlight the importance of relationship in our early development, in our daily experience, and in therapy.

Who do I work with

I work with adults of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What to expect

After our initial assessment session, I usually suggest that we meet for 6 - 10 sessions, at the same time each week. Many clients find this brief, focused work extremely helpful.

For some clients, this initial work lays the ground for longer term therapy, looking in more depth, at complex or deeply rooted issues.

I am happy to work with clients on both short and long-term work.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapist working in central Cardiff.

I began my training as a psychotherapist at Spectrum, a centre for personal and professional development, before going on to complete my training with the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership. I am a member of the National Counselling Society and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and on the professional register of both bodies. As a member of the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership, I use their ethical guidelines, and those of the UKCP to inform my practice.

As part of my training, I worked for two years as part of an NHS Secondary Care, mental health team. In this context, I gained valuable experience of working with complex issues including PTSD and developmental trauma. As a volunteer, I worked for two years with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

I have undertaken specialist gender and sexual diversity training and am on the South Wales LGBT Directory. I am interested in issues of diversity in my work and in society.

My life experiences also inform my work. I have worked in the UK and abroad, as a teacher, trainer and a television documentary maker. I have an MA in English Language and Literature and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly interested in working with trauma; single incident trauma, multiple incident trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and developmental trauma.


I charge £50.00 per 50 minute session. I offer a 10% discount for students in full time education. I keep a few sessions at reduced rates for clients who would not otherwise be able to access psychotherapy.

Further information

Some clients come to therapy for reasons they find hard to put into words. They say:

"I feel sad, but there's no reason to be sad."

"I'm scared that life is passing me by."

"Nothing seems to fill the gap, nothing really satisfies."

"I feel overwhelmed."

"I'm so angry."

"I'm lonely."

"I feel scared."

Therapy can be a safe way to explore issues that are hard to pin down, or that feel too embarrassing to bring up with a friend or your GP.

Often the opportunity to talk in a safe and confidential space can lead to a deeper and helpful understanding of what's going on beneath the surface.

Maps & Directions

Cardiff, CF10 2GF

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I am currently taking on new clients.

I am currently working with clients online and on the telephone. I am only taking on new clients on short term contracts.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults