Karina Cardoso Bailey

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MBACP, Counselling and Therapeutic Coaching
Available for new clients
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Bicester, OX26
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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 also bring aspects of coaching into my practice.  This facilitates the process of change by giving clients more clarity and increased autonomy over their lives.

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

Counselling and Coaching

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.

More recently, my training in Coaching has given me the opportunity to expand the ways in which I can assist clients to move into action and achieve their goals.  By combining Counselling and Coaching I can offer clients a more complete therapeutic journey, which starts with exploration, moves into therapeutic work and concludes with the fulfilment of personal objectives.

Relationship Counselling

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.

Work Experience

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.

I also offer sessions 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)

University of Roehampton - Playtherapy Foundation course (2020-2021)

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

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

Bicester, OX26

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages


Karina Cardoso Bailey
Karina Cardoso Bailey