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Counselling Psychotherapist MA, MNCS Accred

About me

Hello, I’m Karen and I look forward to hearing from you. My Counselling service is Face to Face and Online. What Covid has taught me is that both online and in-person are equally effective and work extremely well.

I am naturally drawn to the body and its language and so often in sessions pay attention to ‘where you are breathing in your body, ‘What your hands are saying’ etc. The body focus works where there is trauma as becoming safely embodied and finding a stable and solid foundation is extremely important. Many people find connecting with how they ‘feel’ very difficult and I understand this so the therapy is focused on talking through their thoughts, behaviours, body sensations. Talking about work, relationships, family, career, dreams etc.

Often people seek Counselling for help with bothersome thoughts, patterns that keep showing in their life whether that be in intimate relationships, work or how they manage day-to-day tasks. Whatever your reasons for seeking help my promise is to offer you my care, confidentiality, warmth and honesty. Many women and men have experienced really difficult life experiences that they can't put into words. They tell me, “my problems don’t seem valid when there are people dying in the world” , “I just want to know why people don’t treat me well”‘ or “Things just feel off and I am unhappy, can’t put my finger on what’s wrong” etc.

Welcome to my practice

Training, qualifications & experience


• Clinical Transactional Analysis PG Diploma 2020-2021
• Online Counselling Diploma 2020
• Diploma in Advanced Counselling Supervision 2018
MA Movement Psychotherapy Canterbury Christchurch University 2010 – 2013

CPD workshops and training:

TA 101
Child Sexual Abuse and how to work with Survivors
Working with the dynamics of shame
Working with survivors of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse
Working with grief and Loss
Tending to trauma and the trauma pathway
Energy psychology training
Couples Counselling
Internal Family systems
Family Constellations

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP)

ADMP UK is the professional organisation for the profession for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

They aim to support the development of DMP in the UK and internationally; foster communication among Dance Movement Psychotherapists (DMPs); and promote the use of DMP throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with survivors of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse

Women's issues and stories

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From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Counselling sessions

Online: £45 for 50 mins

In-person: £ 50 for 50 mins

When I work

Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm

Further information

If you have experienced Neglect and Abuse then this leaves emotional and physical scars and I want to let you know that there is hope for healing and that life can be good. Therapy will take time because of the traumatic impact and the need to learn to trust again. I am confident I can help you and hope to hear from you.

22 Mount Pleasant Road, Risca, Newport, NP11 6QB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms