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About me

Painful experiences can stay with us for a long time. Adverse life events sometimes cause invisible wounds that express themselves in anxiety, depression and a feeling of wanting to withdraw from family and friends.

Trying to manage difficult emotional states on our own can be exhausting. It is all too easy to get caught up in a spiral of negative thoughts. Coming to therapy can be a first step towards psychological health and well-being.

I am an integrative psychotherapist practising in the psychodynamic and humanistic-existential modalities. My specialism is complex trauma, which may develop as a result of certain relational experiences in early life or in adulthood. I have extensive knowledge of narcissistic parenting and emotional abuse in romantic relationships, and I can fully support you in your recovery.

My Master's research focused on the properties of shame. Shame can hide in deep feelings of unworthiness. Therapy can be a space to reassess our self-worth in the light of gaining an understanding of relational trauma. Placing psychological pain in the context of what has happened to you alleviates self-blame and frees you up to respond creatively to life's joys and challenges.

I offer a calm, supportive therapeutic space. I help you work through painful feelings in the context of your significant life experiences, whether from childhood, your teenage years, or more recently. This approach is known as depth psychotherapy and is a way of helping you connect the dots and make sense of your self-perception and emotional experience in the light of your life story.

My personal style is light, relational and conversation-based. I also offer the option of using the therapeutic arts. This is a mindful, gentle way of exploring your inner process through creative expression.

I work online via Zoom. I am a certified cyber therapist and a member of ACTO (Association for Counsellors and Therapists Online). Get in touch today to find out how I can help you.

What I can help you with

Below are some of this things that my clients typically talk to me about:

  • Alcoholic parent
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Catastrophic thinking/fear of disaster
  • Complex grief
  • Conflicted relationship to a parent
  • Domestic violence in childhood
  • Loss of identity and sense of self
  • Overwhelming feelings
  • Relationship problems
  • Scapegoat/golden child dynamics
  • Self-esteem and body confidence issues
  • Self-limiting beliefs and fears
  • Sexual assault
  • Trauma bonding after narcissistic abuse
  • Unresolved feelings from a past experience

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.

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

  • 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.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

I offer short term (12 sessions) or longer-term contracts.

My fee is £105 for a 50-minute session.

I sometimes have concessional spaces available; please enquire.

If you are interested in working with me, please email me to book a FREE 20-minute initial consultation.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I welcome clients from diverse ethnic, cultural and spiritual backgrounds and sexual orientation.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Swedish

Availability

I have morning, afternoon and some evening slots available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Karolina Christopher, UKCP-registered Integrative Psychotherapist using the Arts

Karolina Christopher, UKCP-registered Integrative Psychotherapist using the Arts