I'm Karen, an accredited therapist with the BACP. I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals over the age of 18, counselling for couples, marriage counselling, and am happy to support communication between a parent and their adult child.
I am Neurodivergent, and work with individuals and couples who identify as Autistic, and or as having ADHD, and those who identify as Neurotypical.
I am based near Tameside, East Manchester, but currently work online, with UK based clients. I am trained to work online, and for many people, online therapy is a good alternative to face-to-face sessions. It can be equally as effective and very convenient, as we can work anywhere, as long as it is quiet, private and we have good internet access.
There are many reasons for seeking psychotherapy, as a counsellor, I have found that these reasons are often expressions of pain. Perhaps your pain seems obvious to you and those around you. Maybe, you've hidden it well, you can still manage at work and in your daily life, but inside, you know that you can't do this for much longer.
Well, if you are willing to attend regularly, and are committed to the process both within the session and outside, I can help you to:
I have worked successfully with a variety of issues, for instance: sexual, emotional and physical abuse, grief and loss, racism, affairs and strained relationships, alongside the search for meaning and direction in life. I often work with issues around identity, regarding race or neurodivergence.
However, my particular passion is transgenerational trauma; the passing of trauma between the generations of a family, and I specialise in working with individuals who have experienced childhood trauma, and express their pain through anger, depression or high levels of anxiety.
“You may not control all of the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” — Maya Angelou
I am a Relate trained Couples Counsellor. I am also an Imago Therapist, and now work exclusively with the dynamic and empowering model that is Imago Relationship Therapy.
My particular focus is couples who are committed to restoring their love relationship. It may feel as if your marriage is suddenly on the rocks after an affair, or, over time, the things that drew you to each other before marriage, now feel like intense sources of irritation. Your communication struggles may even feel like a mystery to you.
Through the Imago Dialogue process, we can co-create a safe space where you can both share your truths, feel heard, understood and valued, and where intimacy and love can grow.
Faith and spirituality are of particular interest to me, and I often have enquiries from Christians. I am not a Christian Counsellor, but I am a Christian who is trained to a high level in counselling and psychotherapy; if you would like our work to have a Biblical perspective, I can do that.
Some well-meaning people place a heavy burden on Christians, because they don't think that it is God's will to see a counsellor, whilst they might not question seeing a dentist for a toothache. Obviously, I don't share such a view, and would never judge anyone for seeking help.
You may stand at the pulpit battling depression, sit in the congregation struggling with anxiety, or it may even feel that pain has stifled your faith and you're done; whatever you are going through, you don't have to struggle alone.
In a world where we can be so busy 'doing': earning love and respect, and generally proving our worth, I provide a space where you can take the time to breathe and 'be'. As we work together, you can be many things: still, heard, real, understood, co-creative, accepted, you.
If you are ready to overcome your past, and rewrite what seemed to be an inevitable future, whilst growing in hope and resilience, get in touch and we can discuss your specific needs.
Online sessions mean that location is no longer a barrier, wherever you are, Tameside and beyond, I look forward to hearing from you. Help is available, so take that step and book a free consultation, because your emotional well-being is worth the effort.
My name is Karen, and I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, and couples, aged 18 years old and over.
I understand that it can be difficult acknowledging that you need to speak with a counsellor, after all, you may never have sought help before, let alone from a stranger.
What can you expect from me?
You can expect me to see your worth, and treat you with respect, regardless of the experiences that you have had and the choices that you have made. You can expect me to be ethical and fully committed to our therapeutic relationship, working at your pace on the things that concern you. I will be transparent, and will refer you to an alternative counsellor or psychotherapist, if I don't feel that we would be a good fit.
Do I have a specialism?
I specialise in therapy with individuals who have experienced childhood trauma, and have worked successfully with clients who express their distress through anger, depression and anxiety.
The quality of our relationship is central to our work together, as it allows us to explore how you relate to others and yourself, whilst addressing your emotional needs.
My main approach to mental health is based in Transactional Analysis which has the core beliefs of: I'm OK, You're OK - in other words, we all matter, (even if it seems hard to believe, you matter) and are worthy of respect.
We can all think and influence the outcome of our lives, unless we have sustained brain injury which undermines this ability. Decisions can be changed - especially those life limiting decisions that helped us to survive as children, but are no longer helpful.
Currently I am based solely online.
Yes, I work with couples and individuals. Initially we will contract for 4 sessions, this can be increased, if you feel that you would like more support.
60 minute sessions
Couples: £100 (£70 reduced fee)
90 minute sessions
Couples: £150 (£100 reduced fee)
Currently, I have 1 reduced fee space for a couple. Reduced fees are available for a maximum of 12 sessions.
All bookings remain provisional until you have paid.
Once we have agreed, the date and time of our FIRST session, I will hold that space for 24 hours to give you time to pay.
For subsequent sessions, I ask that you pay, 2 business days before each session, via bank transfer.
Non-payment, for a first session, will be taken as a cancellation. For subsequent sessions, a notice of 7 days is required for a cancellation, if less notice is given, the fee will still be payable.
Fee Increases: I experience increases in the associated costs of being a therapist, i.e. insurance, supervision, advertising etc. and this may be reflected in my fee, which I review on an annual basis.
Yes, currently I use the Zoom platform.
I've had clients who found that a single session was all that they needed to kick start the growth that they desired. More commonly, I have clients who prefer to work on a long term basis. Essentially, our work together will be tailored to your needs, and you'll have as many sessions as you need to achieve your desired outcome.
Short term work with individuals, is usually between 8 and 12 sessions.
For couples therapy, we usually agree to between 4 and 15 sessions, which can be adjusted, as required.
Long term work is open-ended, but punctuated by regular reviews.
Counselling and psychotherapy require commitment: to regular attendance, to being open, to processing outside of sessions. However, you are under no obligation to continue in therapy, and when you feel ready to end the contract, I ask that we do this in a planned way, so that we can tie up any loose ends.
I am an accredited member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership no. 00919098).
I am also a member of Imago UK.
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