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Karolina Christopher

Integrative Psychotherapist & Youth Counsellor (UKCP-reg.)

About me

I am an integrative psychotherapist and youth counsellor offering therapeutic support for adults and adolescents online via Zoom. I am trained in psychodynamic and humanistic-existential therapy, and I also incorporate somatic (body) work and the creative arts in my practice. 

Therapy for Adults

I specialise in relational trauma, especially the effects of childhood trauma and narcissistic relationships, including narcissistic parenting, emotional neglect and abuse, and the effects of C-PTSD. I believe that deep healing and transformation is possible no matter what you have been through.

Relational trauma, whether in childhood or in a romantic relationship, can be very subtle and leave invisible wounds that linger as vague feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness. You may be low in confidence or feel unlovable or not good enough. Coming to therapy can be a first step towards psychological health and well-being.

Perhaps you are a high achiever academically and/or professionally, but you feel that your past experiences are holding you back. You may also want to deal with your unhealed trauma now, so that you don't pass it on to your own children.

If you are ready to do the inner work that will allow you to flourish and create the life that you have imagined for yourself, I can help.

I offer 1:1 depth-oriented therapy where I help you unpack and make sense of your emotional experience, so that you can undo the hurt and insecurities and find a sense of calm and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Based on established trauma-informed practices and my own clinical experience, I developed the Hexagon system, a holistic model of therapy. This system focuses on the main areas that typically need attending to for in-depth healing:

* Who am I? Self and identity
* Needs and boundaries
* Attachment and life history
* Emotional regulation
* Self-limiting beliefs
* Healthy relationships
* Post-traumatic growth and enrichment

I provide a calm and supportive space for you to talk. My way of working is conversation-based, light and gentle. I use somatic (body) work and the creative arts in my therapeutic practice for those who like working in this way. Each person is different, and together we will find out what suits you best.

Send me a message today to find out how I can help you.

Therapy for Adolescents

I am a qualified adolescent therapist and I welcome enquiries from parents of 12-19 year olds. I help young people reflect and make sense of their thoughts and feelings using the creative arts, tools for managing everyday stress and anxiety, and simple goal setting. I offer 6-12 sessions or longer-term contracts.

The initial consultation lasts 50 minutes and is with parent(s) only. We can then book a first session with your child. All sessions are charged at the same fee.

I work online via Zoom. I am a certified cyber therapist and a member of ACTO (Association for Counsellors and Therapists Online). I hold an enhanced DBS check for work with young people. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I bring over 12 years of training as well as extensive professional experience to my private practice. I am registered with the main member organisations for psychotherapy in the UK, and I am a full clinical member of the UKCP.

Following my undergraduate degree, I completed my psychotherapy training at Regents University and at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), London.

You can check out my qualifications here:

  • BSc Psychology (3 years)
  • MA Psychotherapy & Counselling (3 years)
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2 years)
  • Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Arts (1 year)
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (1 year)
  • Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Work with Children (1 year)
  • Foundation certificate in counselling skills (1 year)
  • PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status) (1 year)

I gained several years' clinical experience working with adults aged 25-69+ at Mind UK, and with young people aged 16-25 at the Terrence Higgins Trust Youth Counselling Project.

As a qualified teacher, I also bring a wealth of experience from my many years in education, working with children and young people aged 4-19 and their parents and carers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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.

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • I welcome clients from diverse ethnic, cultural and spiritual backgrounds and sexual orientation. I also work with clients who identify as HSP (Highly Sensitive Person).
  • As a practising artist myself, I work well with people with creative interests or professions.

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Fees

£90.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer longer term therapy so that you can have the benefit of ongoing support over a period of time.

I recommend starting with 12 sessions in the first instance followed by a review to see how things are going, after which you may wish to extend your contract. 

Sessions take place weekly and last 50 minutes.

If you would like to find out if we are a good fit, please email me to book a FREE 20-minute initial consultation.

Youth Counselling (12-19 year-olds)

Fees for youth counselling are £105 (weekday) and £120 (Saturday).

The initial consultation with parents is charged at the same fee.

Please email me to enquire about how I may be able to support your child.

Availability

I have morning, afternoon and some evening slots available.

Further information

I also offer coaching sessions for women who have experienced narcissistic abuse in a romantic relationship. Please visit my website for more information.

I have a special interest in the healing properties of the arts, nature, contemplative silence, and the human/animal bond.

My MA dissertation focused on shame and life story, and in particular how the therapeutic space is a healing container so that you can release shame from your life story in the light of making sense of your early relational experiences. 

I have also completed research into the emotional experience of looking at art.

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Additional languages

Swedish

Online platforms

Zoom
Karolina Christopher

Karolina Christopher