Karen Wilson. (“Dip.Couns” Post Dip. Young People) MBACP

Karen Wilson. (“Dip.Couns” Post Dip. Young People) MBACP

Scottish Borders

07793 715126

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About me

My name is Karen and I am an experienced counsellor. I have worked over the last 18 years with young people aged between 5 and 25 within different agencies. They include Mental Health, Parental drug and alcohol abuse, Young Carers and with the LGBT (Lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender) community.

My work is not exclusive to young people and I have a particular interest in working with older people. I am privileged to be helping this interesting generation.

I work in an integrative style adapting different models to suit the client. I believe that this enables both client and counsellor to work more effectively and has best results.

My strengths are my down to earth attitude, my sense of humour, my desire to help people fulfil their potential and live the life they want to live. My work with people has led to me never being shocked at what a person will bring and using language that the client will understand.

I am particularly interested in transgender issues and have extensive experience in this field and with working with trans young people.

I have experience in loss and bereavement in many forms and grief does not just mean “death” of a person. I can help with all types of loss in life and help make sense of the grieving process.

How Counselling Can Help You?

Sometimes it can feel that no one understands you. That you are somewhat “different” from everyone else. This is a very lonely place to be! But you are not alone and no one needs to feel this isolated and sad and by sharing how you feel is the first step to freeing yourself from despair. Being true to your inner self will set you free and I will help you become the person you deserve to be. We will work together but you will be the person who has the knowledge and expertise to become the person you know you wish to be.

What to Expect in Your First Session

Our first session is about getting to know one another. This is probably the most important session we have. We will speak about what you hope to achieve and how I can help you achieve this. All our sessions are client led and you will not be expected to say anything you feel uncomfortable with. Remember this is your chance to be listened to and more importantly “heard” without judgement and this in itself can be a first for some people and will lead the road to recovery.

My knowledge of face to face counselling is vast on a variety of issues and I strongly believe in continued personal development as well as professional training.

I work from home but I am happy to meet in a mutually acceptable space. I cover whole of Scottish Borders. I have offices in Selkirk and Galashiels.

Please either text, call or email me and I will get back to you within 1 day. We can arrange a 15 minute chat so we can speak about issues that you are having difficulties with and decide if you wish to go ahead.

I am also experienced in working with families who are struggling and wish to come together for support and to learn how best to support one another.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • COSCA 120 hours counselling skills
  • Diploma in Integrative counselling
  • Post Diploma in Counselling children and Young People
  • STRADA training (drugs and alcohol)
  • LGBT Youth Schools Development Officer
  • CPD Multi Agency trainer in LGBT issues
  • Mental Health Worker
  • 18 Years Youth Work Exoerience

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  • Insurance


£30 per hour

concessions available for young people

Maps & Directions

Hawick, TD9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


I am available through the day as well as evenings and weekends to suit the needs of my client

Types of client

Young people
Older adults