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About me

Are you feeling sad or anxious, or battling with overwhelming feelings? Perhaps you have been struggling for a while, wondering what to do in order to feel better. Coming to therapy can be a first step towards psychological health and well-being.

Dealing with emotional pain on your own can be exhausting. It's all too easy to get caught in a spiral of negative thoughts. You may feel guilty for not being able to cope, and start withdrawing from family and friends for fear of being judged. This can be a very lonely place.

I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor trained in psychodynamic and humanistic-existential therapy. My specialism is relational trauma in childhood and in romantic relationships. I have in-depth knowledge of narcissistic parenting, emotional abuse, and C-PTSD. If you are having trouble in your life or relationship and feel like you could benefit from talking to someone, I can help.

Perhaps you wonder if you are being over-sensitive, or if your romantic relationship has signs of emotional abuse. If you have experienced a sudden, painful break-up, you may be left with conflicting feelings and questions, which stop you from moving on.

If you experienced emotional neglect in childhood, you may have a vague sense of sadness and emptiness that just won't go away. You may be low in confidence or  feel unlovable or not good enough. You may also worry about passing on your unhealed pain to your own children.

Painful experiences can stay with us for a long time, but healing is possible. Relationship problems and unhealed childhood trauma cause invisible wounds that may show up in anxiety or depression. I help people make sense of their emotions in the light of what's happened to them, so that they can find a sense of calm and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Based on proven mental health practices and my own clinical experience, I developed my own integrative model of trauma-informed therapy to help you with the following areas of healing:

* Self and identity
* Needs and boundaries
* Attachment and life history
* Emotional regulation
* Self-limiting beliefs
* Sex and relationships
* Post-traumatic growth and enrichment

This is a holistic model which integrates the broad areas that typically needs attending to for overall positive mental health. It is my experience that they often go hand in hand, but you may find that you have more work to do in one or more areas. You may also start in one place and, as your therapy journey unfolds, find that you are ready to explore another.

I provide a calm and supportive space for you to talk. My way of working is conversational and compassion-focused. I also use somatic (body) work and the healing arts in my therapeutic practice for those who like working creatively. Each person is different, and together we will talk about what best suits your needs.

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

What I can help you with

Some of the things my clients often talk to me about are:

  • Alcoholic parent
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Catastrophic thinking/fear of disaster
  • Complex grief
  • Conflicted relationship to a parent
  • Domestic violence in childhood or adulthood
  • Finding a sense of empowerment
  • 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.

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.

Therapies offered

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

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Fees

£90.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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

Sessions take place weekly and last 50 minutes.

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.

Availability

I have morning, afternoon and some evening slots available.

Further information

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

For my MA dissertation, my research focused on how the therapeutic space is a healing context for shame that is embedded in one's life story. I have also completed research into the emotional experience of looking at art.

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults

Languages offered

Swedish

Karolina Christopher, UKCP-registered integrative psychotherapist and counsellor

Karolina Christopher, UKCP-registered integrative psychotherapist and counsellor