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Karina Cardoso Bailey - MBACP, Couple and Individual Counselling

Bicester, OX26
07903462023 07903462023

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, who is passionate about helping people lead a more fulfilling life.  I work with both couples and individuals and offer counselling for a varied number of sessions according to the client's wishes and needs.


I believe that a non-judgemental and caring therapeutic relationship is fundamental to enable personal growth and success in therapy. My approach to counselling is integrative, which means that I adapt my work to the client's needs, combining different psychological theories as necessary.

I aim to assist my clients in finding their inner strength, discovering their qualities and unlocking energy that can enable them to progress in life in their chosen direction.  I provide a supportive environment where crisis and problems are creatively explored and clients can find solutions as well as self-acceptance and meaning in their lives.

Training and Experience

My counselling training at the University of East London(2005) involved comprehensive training in humanistic approaches followed by other key psychological theories. This professional training has equipped me with the ability to listen carefully and assess each client's needs, and subsequently adapt my work using my knowledge and experience to best address each unique issue.

My approach to relationship counselling involves working with the dynamic between two people who may be in any type of relationship such as partners, parent and child, siblings, friends or work colleagues.  Through exploration and the use of different techniques something new can emerge from their current situation. My role is to facilitate honest communication between partners, providing a safe, confidential and nurturing environment for self-expression and mutual understanding.  I believe that conflict can be positive and I work with it to help clients grow into more fulfilling and genuine ways of being in their relationships as well as in life.

Since gaining my first degree in psychology (2001), I have acquired experience working with a variety of clients in different organisations.  I have worked in the NHS as an assistant psychologist and was employed as a research assistant before qualifying as a counsellor.  Since completing my training in 2005 I have worked in secondary schools in Oxfordshire, community centres and voluntary organisations.  I have enjoyed working with children, teenagers, adults, couples and families.

Alongside my private practice, I am currently employed by an independent school where I provide counselling to children presenting with a variety of needs and issues including attachment difficulties and autism.

I also offer counselling in Portuguese.

Ethical Framework

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their strict ethical guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology (2001)

Certificate in Counselling  (2003)

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005)

Certificate in Couples Counselling (2017)

Qualifications in Coaching from Oxford University - Advanced Coaching (2019), Group Coaching (2019),  Introduction to Coaching (2018)

Professional Development Workshops recently attended:

Compassionate Mind: Working with Emotional Memories in Shame based Trauma (2019)

Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum (2018)

Using the sand tray in therapy (2018)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


£50 per individual counselling session (50 minutes).

£60 per couple counselling session (60minutes).

Some concessions available for those on low income, please ask.

Cancellation Policy:  Session is payable if less than 48 hours' notice is given.

Further information

Please email me or leave a message on my phone and I will return your call when I am available.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Portuguese


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Monday - Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Karina Cardoso Bailey - MBACP, Couple and Individual Counselling

Karina Cardoso Bailey - MBACP, Couple and Individual Counselling