Karen Young, MA, Dip. Psych. Coun., Reg. MBACP (Accred.), BPC
At times when you are feeling troubled, it may seem that there is no-one to talk to, or at difficult times in our lives the support of friends or family just does not seem like enough. I am a counsellor and psychotherapist providing both short and long-term therapy to adults. I can provide a safe, reliable and confidential place to explore emotional issues and difficulties as I am professionally trained to listen in an empathic and sensitive way, which helps to get to the root of the problem.
Issues can range from specific challenges such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, panic attacks, relationship problems or concerns with drugs, weight or alcohol, to concerns that seem less explicable, such as a sense that life has lost its meaning or that you feel 'stuck'. Counselling and psychotherapy are particularly helpful if you feel your problems may have an emotional or psychological origin and you seek a deeper understanding of yourself and your difficulties.
Sometimes past experiences can impact on how we feel now and so by exploring the origin of your concerns and feelings we can make them easier to understand and help you to see things in a different light. Through this process of increased awareness more appropriate and informed choices can be made during difficult times.
It is not uncommon to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking help and so first appointments are to explore your difficulties as well as your expectations of counselling and psychotherapy. The initial consultation will be for 50 minutes and is largely non-directive, and it is unlikely I will ask you questions the whole time. At the end of this consultation we will discuss whether counselling/psychotherapy is likely to be the most helpful treatment for you. If it is agreed that psychotherapy or counselling is appropriate we will agree to a regular day and time for sessions on an ongoing basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which is the nationally recognised standard for Counsellors and Psychtherapists and I adhere to their code of ethics and practice. Additionally, I am also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I am a recognised therapist for BUPA, Axa PPP, Aviva and Vitally Healthcare Insurance companies.
I completed a rigorous 3-year clinical training at the Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling (MHCPC) and graduated with a Diploma in Psychdynamic Counselling & Therapy in the Community. The MHCPC is a highly regarded BACP accredited training course in North London.
I have also achieved an MA in Psychanalytic Studies with distinction from the Tavistock Clinic, which is part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. The Tavistock is world renowned for being at the forefront of exploring mental health and well-being since the First World War.
I have substantial experience and have been working with patients for over 20 years. Since qualifying, I have worked in private practice and various other organisational settings, including in primary care at GP practices within the NHS providing both short and long-term psychodynamic counselling as well as a Consultant Counsellor for a national autistic charity. I also worked for 8 years at Northwick Park Hospital Mental Health Unit, within the psychotherapy service specialising in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to those with more complex and enduring issues. I am currently working as a Specialist Psychotherapist at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (CDS).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
The fee per 50 minute session is £60-£75 depending on location and ongoing fees will be discussed at the initial consultation. I have a limited number of places available for those on low incomes.
Getting to Farringdon, EC1A
My consulting rooms in Snow Hill Court, Farringdon, EC1A are located behind the Church of St Sepulchre without Newgate which is near to Barts Hospital and the Old Bailey.
St. Paul's, Farringdon, Barbican, Blackfriars, Chancery Lane
By National Rail Station:
Farringdon (Thameslink), Barbican (Thameslink), Blackfriars, City Thameslink
Getting to Bushey Heath
My consulting room is easily accessed from the A41, M1 and M25. Unristricted parking is available close by.
The nearest underground station is Stanmore (Jubilee Line).
By Nation Rail Station:
The nearest stations are Bushey Arches (London Midland), and Elstree and Borehamwood (Thameslink).
Routes 142, 258, 306, 306B.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Fri 9:00 to 5:00 and I offer some sessions outside normal working hours.
Types of client