Welcome to

Thyme to Be

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Imago Relationship Therapy in East Manchester and Online

Hello and welcome

I'm Karen, an accredited therapist with the BACP. I am also a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals over the age of 18, counselling for couples, pre-marriage, and 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.

You're probably wondering, 'what can this counsellor do for me?'

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:

  • Think clearly about your reasons for seeking psychotherapy right now - not always obvious- and what you hope to gain.
  • Bring into awareness, underlying motivations for unwanted and repetitive thoughts, feelings and actions.
  • Speak your truth and share the things that you've felt unable to share with family or friends.
  • Silence your inner critic, or that fearful voice that stops you from really living - today.
  • Connect or reconnect with your self-worth, and your inner strength.
  • Begin your journey towards being the person that you want to be, living life as you want to live it - on your own terms.
  • Improve your communication skills.
  • Develop a safe and intimate connection with your partner, through the use of Imago Dialoguing.


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 and couples 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

Couples counselling

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.

You're not alone

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.

A space to be

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.

About Me

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.

Qualifications and CPD

  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Best Practice When Supporting Autistic Clients
  • An Insight Into The world Of Autism
  • Working With Neurodivergent Couples
  • ADHD In The Therapy Room
  • The Reality Of Living With ADHD
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis
  • University Advanced Diploma: Introduction to Couple Counselling (Relate, Level 6)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • PGCE - Primary education
  • Psychology and Anthropology BSc (hons) (2:1)

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.

Personal approach

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.

From the perspective of Imago Relationship Therapy, I believe that intimacy flows from a safe, conscious connection, and view conflict, but not violence, as an opportunity for growth.

Get in touch

Whether you have a specific concern, or are wanting to explore non specific uncomfortable feelings, I won't be 'working on', or trying to 'fix' you. Instead, we will work together towards your goals for therapy, with the aim of enabling you to live your life as you want to.

I'm holistic in my view of emotional well-being, and along side counselling and psychotherapy, I may incorporate mindfulness exercises, or use EFT (emotional freedom technique or tapping) where it seems appropriate. Together, we can create an environment where your insight, healing and growth can occur.


If you are looking for a counsellor, feel free to call 07570099058 or send me an email. I'll get back to you within 48 hours, usually less.

Frequently asked questions

Where are you based?

Currently I am based solely online.

Do you work with couples?

Yes, I do work with couples. Initially we will contract for 4 sessions, this can be increased, if you feel that you would like more support.

Please note that I do not work with couples where there is domestic violence.

How long is a session, and how do I book?

An initial assessment for couples and individuals, is 60 minutes.


Subsequent sessions can be 60 minutes or 90 minutes.


There is the possibility to have longer sessions, or additional sessions during the same week: fees will be charged accordingly.


You can book a session by calling or sending an email.

How much do you charge?

60 minute sessions

Individuals: £75

Couples: £100 (reduced fee £80) weekly, for the first 4 weeks, to support your learning of the Imago Dialoguing Process.


90 minute sessions

Couples: £150 (reduced fee £120) fortnightly, from week 5, giving you more space to process between sessions.

Reduced fees will be reviewed after every 10 sessions.

Payment

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.

What days do you work?

I am available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Occasionally, I can offer Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How many sessions must I have?

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.

Are you a member of any professional organisations?

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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Privacy Policy

In accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this privacy policy explains how I will handle the personal data that you share with me, as a client, perspective client or visitor to my website. It also describes your rights, under the new GDPR. For the purpose of data protection, the data controller is Karen Morris.


By visiting my website, you are accepting and consenting to this privacy policy.


WHY MIGHT I COLLECT YOUR DATA?

My purpose for collecting data, is primarily to fulfil our therapeutic contract.

I may also collect data on website visits, as I have a legitimate interest in the improvement of my website and marketing.


WHAT INFORMATION IS HELD?

Initially, you may provide your name, telephone and email address, when you first contact me. Additionally, I may receive information by other means, such as SearchMax, and Google Analytics which gather information through the use of cookies. SeacrhMax is much less detailed than Google analytics, and provides general information of visits per day and the pages visited.


Google Analytics may collect the following type of information, each time you visit this site:


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  • Operating system used
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  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address


Google Analytics will also provide information about your use of the site, for instance, the date, time and duration of your visit, including the pages visited and time spent on each page.


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If you would prefer not to allow any cookies from my website, you can set your browser so that it blocks them.


HOW WILL I USE YOUR INFORMATION?

To provide you with the services required to fulfil our therapeutic contract.

To communicate with you about any changes to my service.

For technical and administrative purposes related to operating my site and business, in an appropriate manner, i.e. trouble shooting, data analysis, or record keeping.


WILL I SHARE YOUR INFORMATION?

I will never sell your information, and will only ever disclose anything about you, when I am required, on ethical or legal grounds. For instance, if a child or you are at risk, or if you disclose details of money laundering or terrorism,


STORAGE OF YOUR INFORMATION

If you send an enquiry via email, text or contact form, I will store your information for a short while, after sending my response. The information that I hold, will be your email address and the details that you shared in your correspondence.

If we begin to work together, I will store electronic communication only for as long as it is necessary. Emails and contact forms will be stored on a password protected laptop. Text messages will be stored on a phone that is protected by password and fingerprint lock.


ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION

It is your right to request access to personal information that I hold about you.

You may also request that I amend any personal information that I hold that you feel is inaccurate or out of date.

You may also request that I delete the personal information that I hold about you. Except where I am permitted, for business purposes, i.e. financial or professional auditing, or required for legal reasons, I will endeavour to comply with your request.


This privacy statement applies to use of this website, and is subject to change, inline with current regulations. It is advisable to check this privacy statement on a regular basis, to ensure that you still agree with its terms.


If you have any questions about this policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Karen Morris

Data Protection Officer

Karen@thymetobe.com

07570099058


Data Protection Registration reference: ZA344599