Karina Cardoso Bailey - MBACP, Couple and Individual Counselling

Karina Cardoso Bailey - MBACP, Couple and Individual Counselling



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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


Accredited register membership


£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.

Maps & Directions

Bicester, OX26

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Portuguese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday - Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults