Karen Wilkins (Firefly Counselling), Dip Couns, MBACP
Hi. My name is Karen Wilkins and I am a counsellor dedicated to helping people who are experiencing some form of crisis in their lives. My concern is to help people help themselves, as it doesn’t matter how many times someone tells you something, ultimately you have to discover a way forward by yourself, that works for you.
My aim, therefore, is to help you to discover and utilise your own inner resources, in order to get you through whatever crisis you are currently experiencing. Low self-esteem, relationship problems, anger issues, negative thinking, destructive patterns of behaviour, addiction and self-loathing are just some of the things that spring to mind.
I can’t be with you 24/7, but I aim to empower you, increasing your self-awareness and being a supportive presence alongside you, for this stage of the journey along your life’s path.
I tailor my counselling to each individual client, so as to be of most help to each person. I welcome men and women from differing social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, of different sexual orientations, ages and gender.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree and a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am committed to ongoing professional development.
I am also a qualified teacher and an experienced Lecturer in Counselling Skills.
I have most recently been working with ex-addicts, providing AfterCare and helping them cope with life after rehab. Prior to that I was working for a low-cost counselling service, whose clients all had greatly varying problems and needs.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which means I am bound by its Ethical Framework and subject to the Conduct Procedure therein.
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
Individuals - £40 per session
Couples - £50 per session
I also offer reduced rates for those currently undergoing financial hardship. Please just ask.
I am based in the beautiful Cotswold market town of Wotton-under-Edge, which lies halfway between Bristol and Gloucester and is easily accessible by motorway. I will also travel to see you in the comfort of your own home, if that is more convenient for you.
I also offer counselling by telephone or Skype; again, please just ask.