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About me

Hello I’m Karen and I look forward to hearing from you. My Counselling service is Online and in Person in Risca, Newport. We can discuss which option you prefer. You may prefer having an assessment in person and then decide to switch to online or vice versa. Both Online and in person are equally effective and work extremely well.

Please note that during Covid I am continuing to only work Online

I offer short-term counselling and longer term therapy and have worked with many people who have never experienced counselling before, as well as students and people who have returned to counselling to work on issues they were not ready for before. My experience and career in therapy began many years ago. I understand and care deeply for people and know how important talking to someone who can listen with an open heart is. I continue to train with the best teachers and have almost completed my first year of a four year Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy programme. I have regular Clinical Supervision which I believe to be absolutely essential to Clinical Practice as well as my own ongoing Psychotherapy because I want to give the absolute best service to my clients so that they can live again or learn how to live a beautiful life.

I have worked with young adults in a low secure forensic unit. With adults and children with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Disabilities for many years in the third sector with the Touch Trust where I ran therapeutic movement sessions and trained teachers and social workers to help their children and their families communicate more effectively, learn to have fun and to relax together. I was the therapeutic coordinator for Wales and responsible for quality assurance and safeguarding.

Having a Masters in Movement Psychotherapy 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 cant 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 therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Movement Psychotherapy (Dance Voice: Canterbury Christchurch University)

Advanced Diploma Counselling Supervision (Level 7)

Diploma in Online Counselling and Therapy (ACTO)

Certificate in Couples Therapy

CPD:

Internal Family Systems

The Trauma Pathway (TRC)

Family Constellations (Sarasi Rogers)

Developmental Movement

Body Mapping

Trauma and Psycho-education

Suicide and self harm training

Childhood sexual abuse: working with adult survivors (National counselling Society)

Counselling for rape and sexual abuse (National Counselling society)

Relational depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Mick Cooper)

Stories matter (Person centred arts association)

Working with trauma that has become stuck

Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical practice

Working with Relational trauma

Working with shame (Carolyn Spring)

Transactional Analysis 101

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

ADMP

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling /Psychotherapy (Online) £40

(In Person) £45

Couples (Online) £45

(In Person) £50

Student Supervision  £35

All sessions are 50 mins unless otherwise requested




Availability

Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm

22 Mount Pleasant Road
Risca
Newport
NP11 6QB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer you opportunities to root and stimulate your best work as it will promote greater self-awareness and leave you more confident in yourself and

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Karen Woodley Counselling Psychotherapist MA, MNCS Accred.

Karen Woodley Counselling Psychotherapist MA, MNCS Accred.