Karin Davidson

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BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling MBACP Registered
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Portsmouth, Hants, PO3 5EJ
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About me

I work with adults (18+) Individuals & Couples in-person in Portsmouth PO3, Hampshire & also Online via Zoom. The therapies I offer are Humanistic in their approach and include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) & Internal Family Systems (IFS).

I qualified as a counsellor in 2006 and have much experience of working with clients on a wide range of issues. (BA Hons), Individual and Couple Counsellor located in Portsmouth, Hants, PO3. I see clients In Person and also Online via Zoom. 

I am also the Co-founder and Partner of Portsmouth Therapy Partnership http://portsmouth-therapy.co.uk/

I have much experience of working with clients with many different issues including anxiety, anger, stress, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem and addictions.

As a Counsellor and also as a person on my own personal journey I am continually made aware that we all experience challenges and difficulties in our lives and it is by working through these that we continue to develop and grow.

Many people choose to see me to find a way through their distressing work or personal issues in a professional, safe and confidential environment so that they can begin to make new choices, let go of the past – when it is no longer helpful, learn new skills and move forward with their lives.

I work within the Humanistic model of counselling which centres on valuing and appreciating you as a person and focusing on your personal development. It is important that you feel comfortable working with me as our therapeutic relationship will be the foundation for your therapy being effective.

I have had extensive and ongoing training and supervision in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

ACT offers a very effective, evidence-based and practical approach to help you move your life in the direction towards your values and all that is important to you. ACT can help you to unhook from unhelpful thinking patterns by developing mindfulness skills and making room for uncomfortable feelings to come and go, so that you can take action to lead a rich, full and meaningful life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - MBACP
BA Hons Humanistic Counselling

Professional Qualifications
Chichester College - Certificate Counselling Skills
University of Chichester - Diploma Humanistic Counselling
University of Chichester - Degree BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

Further Training

  • Diploma (NLP) Neuro Linguistic Programming (INLPTA)
  • Diploma (NLP) Life coaching (INLPTA)
  • Working with Addiction – Sussex Alcohol & Substance use Service (SASS)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Foundations of CBT (CBT with Heart) – (Hemmings Field Associates)
  • Introductory Cert in Trauma Therapy (Wealden College)
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy (Wealden College) – Final Award on completion of course work
  • Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills (Grey Rock)
  • Internal Family Systems
  • IFS - Level 1 (IFS Institute UK)
  • IFS - Level 2 - IFIO  (IFS Institute UK)

    Couple Counselling Training
  • Cert Couple Counselling (Basingstoke Counselling Service
  • Cert Couple and Family Counselling (Wealden Institute)
  • Cert Couple Counselling  (The Link Centre)
  • Cert Couple Counselling – Separation, Divorce & Beyond (Solent Group for Psychotherapists & Counsellors)
  • IFS - Level 2 - IFIO Intimacy From The Inside Out (IFS Institute UK)
  • ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) Training
  • ACT – Introductory Cert (Evolve Training & Therapy)
  • ACT – Intermediate Cert – Dr Russ Harris  (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Advanced Cert – Dr Russ Harris  (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Brief Intervention – Kirk Stosahl & Patricia Robinson (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Intermediate  Self Esteem Cert – Joe Oliver & Richard Bennett (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Advanced – Steve Hayes  (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Matrix – Benjamin Schoendorff – (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT - Cert Anxiety & Depression - Russ Harris - (Contextual Consulting
  • ACT - Experiential Client Work - Robyn Walser & Matt Villatte (ACBS)
  • RFT - Cert Relational Frame Theory - J Oliver & R Bennett (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT & RFT - Cert Mastering the Clinical Conversation - Matt Villatte (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT - Cert Master Class - Robyn Walser (Contextual Consulting)
    ACT - Cert Trauma and Mindfulness - Russ Harris (Psychwire)
  • ACT - Cert Working with Grief - Dr Ray Owen
  • ACT - Cert FACT (Focused ACT for brief intervention - Russ Harris (Psychwire)

I qualified as a counsellor in 2006. Prior to setting up my private counselling practice I worked as a counsellor for students in a secondary school, for a general counselling service for adults in West Sussex and within the field of addiction. I have also worked as a helpline counsellor for a major Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider.

In addition I have wide experience as a counsellor for adults at a Carers Support Service, where I also set up and ran an Emotional Support Line and as a Dementia Carers support group facilitator and workshop provider and trainer.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

  • Individuals - £60.00 per 50 minute session
  • Couples     - £75.00 per 50 minute session
  • Students and low income individual session £55.00

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Portsmouth - Tues 10.00am - 6.00pm Portsmouth - Weds 10.00am - 6.00pm 

Online via Zoom - Mon 12.30pm - 6.00pm and Thurs 8.00am - 2.30pm

Portsmouth Therapy Partnership, Gatcombe House, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO3 5EJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Karin Davidson
Karin Davidson