Karen J Williams
Karen is a qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and trauma specialist, seeing clients in London W2 (Paddington), and London SW1 (Victoria). She is a graduate of CCPE, the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. CCPE is the largest training centre for transpersonal and integrative psychotherapy in the UK and is a member organisation of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). BACP and UKCP are the professional associations which accredit various trainings offered by CCPE. 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.
In London I see clients in Little Venice W2, which is near Paddington, and at rooms in Buckingham Palace Road SW1, near Victoria.
Relational and Holistic Approach To Working With Clients
All my work is grounded in the Rogerian core conditions of congruence or genuineness of the therapist, unconditional positive regard for the client, and empathic understanding. I am strongly influenced by psychodynamics and Jungian ideas, but work cognitively or with the unconscious as appropriate. I understand that an individual is influenced and affected by the many groups that they are part of - family, friends, work colleagues, cultural, and so on.
I work relationally with clients, which means I actively engage with my clients and talk with them as well as listen to them. Experiential work such as dream analysis, guided visualisations, drawing, and other creative techniques may be included from time to time. Holding the transpersonal worldview means I respect any spiritual or religious interests a client may have, and clients may choose to bring these into the therapeutic process if they wish. For some clients, this is an important thread that relates to everything about their therapy, or it may even be the main focus. For clients who don’t have such interests, that is equally fine and respected.
When a client seeks EMDR therapy for psychological trauma or one of the other conditions EMDR is effective for, we can discuss that as a piece of work focused on using EMDR as the main technique. Nevertheless, EMDR always sits within a psychotherapeutic framework.
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. It is possible to have more than one session a week when clinically indicated, 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.
Currently reading for MSc Psychological Trauma, University of Chester.
In addition, Karen participates in short CPD courses periodically 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 depression and anxiety, somatisation and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), relationship issues, crisis intervention, and the many manifestations of stress and psychological trauma. 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.
Karen is researching developmental trauma for her dissertation on the Masters Degree in Psychological Trauma at University of Chester. Adult survivors of the kind of developmental trauma that children suffer when they are exposed to abuse and neglect can have consequences for mental and physical health that last into adulthood. Karen's research focuses on how survivors experience counselling and psychotherapy in adulthood, and the extent to which they are able to access trauma-informed care and treatment.
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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 abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- 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 health insurance, we may be able to arrange for fees to be paid through your insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is wheelchair access and facilities at CCPE in W2 but not in Victoria SW1.
Types of client