About me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site. The choice of counsellor  is an intensely personal one. Here I hope to tell you a little about myself to help guide you in that choice. After teaching overseas for a number of years I decided to completely change careers, and pursue my dream of being a therapist. I make no secret of the fact that this was partly informed by my own struggle with post natal depression. Indeed I feel that having walked some of the dark roads my clients have increases my empathy and understanding. In a similar way expat clients have found that my experience of living and working overseas means they find it easier to open up to me as a counsellor.

Please explore my site, and writing, I feel it is so useful to get a feel for whether I would be the right person for you. Here I have suggested some questions clients might like to ask a potential counsellor or therapist.

I am a fully qualified counsellor with a professional diploma in counselling as well as further specialist training. This included 100 hours of supervised volunteer counselling in organisations who provided low-cost or free counselling to clients from very diverse backgrounds. It cemented within me the need for therapy to be more affordable and accessible to all.

My initial training was person centered, in essence this means believing you, the client, is the expert in your own life. I see myself as a guide, or navigator, whose role is not to take charge but to walk alongside you. I was fortunate that my department took an integrationist approach, encouraging us to use and develop skills from all schools of counselling.

I have undergone specific extra training in working with:

domestic violence

child abuse

bereavement

relationship counselling

working online

drug and alcohol use

rape

family breakdown

gender and sexual diversities including; asexuality, BDSM, bisexuality, non binary identities, polyamorous and non monogamies, kink and trans clients.

Choosing to start counselling is for many a huge step. People can be concerned about stigma, stirring up the past, being judged. Many clients approach me after previous negative experiences of counselling. I offer empathetic, non judgemental open-minded counselling, always rooted in my credo that everyone is doing the best they can, with the resources they have available to them.

I am a fully registered member of the BACP, the largest regulator of counselling in the UK. I adhere to their ethical framework, and complaints procedures. I believe passionately in ethical practice, and the need for strong regulation of counselling to protect clients from abusive or negligent therapists. I am also fully insured. It matters to me that clients feel able to make a complaint just as they would against any other professional. I  advocate for better training of therapists in gender and sexuality diversity. I am registered with Pink Therapy the countries leading provider of talking therapies to gender, sexuality and relationship diverse communities.

I offer counselling via skype, instant messaging, email or face to face working from offices in the Tyne Valley. I currently work with clients from across the world who find online counselling fits best with their needs.

If you would like to discuss counselling further you can contact me on Northumberlandcounselling@gmail.com  telephone 07442808719 or use the contact form.

Finally, thank you for reading, sometimes simply clicking a link is the first, most vital step.

Karen

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