Karen J Williams, MA, MSc, MBACP, UKCP Reg
Karen is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and trauma specialist, seeing clients in London W2 (Paddington), and London SW1 (Victoria). She is a graduate of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. Karen is a member of BACP, a registered member of UKCP, and a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. She abides by the codes of conduct and ethical practice of these associations.
London W2 and SW1.
My practice is based in London at Little Venice W2, which is near Paddington, and at rooms in Buckingham Palace Road SW1, near Victoria.
Please note that during the coronavirus crisis, I am not seeing clients in person but I continue to offer all services, including EMDR therapy, online.
Relational and Holistic Approach To Working With Clients
My approach to therapy is relational, holistic and trauma-aware. I offer a non-judgemental space where confidentiality, warmth and human kindness are key aspects of forming an effective therapeutic relationship.
My background as a trauma specialist includes a master's degree in psychological trauma and several years experience specialising in short and long-term trauma work. I'm a qualified and experienced EMDR therapist and bring this into the work when appropriate. I take referrals from psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as self-referrals, and am recognised as a provider by a number of private health insurance companies.
All my work is grounded in the person-centred approach, which respects the client's own experience of how things are for them. I'm strongly influenced by psychodynamics and Jungian ideas, but work cognitively or with the unconscious as appropriate. As a trauma specialist, I also bring into the work an awareness of the many ways that highly stressful or traumatic events and situations can affect people, including the profound effects that a lack of love and attention in childhood can have. I understand that an individual is influenced and affected by the many groups that they are part of - family, friends, work colleagues, cultural, and more.
Regularity of sessions is important as this facilitates the process of psychotherapy. Usually, sessions are once weekly, on the same day and at the same time each week, although there may be some flexibility when possible to accommodate work and other commitments. It is also possible to have more than one session a week, either temporarily or as a regular arrangement.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-graduate Diploma in Transpersonal and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, CCPE, 2015.
MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies, University of Essex, 2016.
Completed all parts of EMDR Europe accredited basic training in EMDR therapy with The EMDR Academy, 2017. Member of The EMDR Association UK & Ireland, membership number W0338.
MSc Psychological Trauma, University of Chester, 2019.
Currently reading for MSc Psychology, University of Leicester.
In addition, Karen attends professional conferences and participates in short CPD courses regularly throughout the year.
Karen has wide experience in both short and long-term work with adult clients. She has worked for a number of agencies in and around London including over two years of voluntary counselling work with NHS patients in the IAPT service at a GP surgery. She continues to consult with private clients in London.
Specialises in Working with Depression, Anxiety, and Psychological Trauma
Karen’s special interests are the many manifestations of psychological trauma. These include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD and Complex PTSD (whether or not you have a formal diagnosis), borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, somatisation and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), relationship issues, crisis intervention. In particular, she has wide experience of working with the kind of complex trauma that can result from abuse and/or neglect in childhood or adulthood. Karen also works one-to-one and with groups to facilitate self-development and personal growth from a transpersonal perspective.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Short-term counselling for personal crisis related to stress, depression, anxiety or trauma.
- Acute stress disorder and psychological trauma.
- Complex trauma resulting from abuse and/or neglect in childhood or adulthood.
- Therapy for personal growth and self-development.
I’d be pleased to discuss this with you as part of our initial contact. If you have private health insurance, we may be able to arrange for fees to be paid through your insurance. I am currently recognised as a provider by Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, Nuffield Health, and Vitality Health.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||Yes|
There is wheelchair access and facilities at CCPE in W2 but not in Victoria SW1.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - London W2 (Paddington)
Wednesday - London SW1 (Victoria)
Types of client