I gained my BSc(Hons) in Psychology in 1991 and spent >20 years in Human Resources. Much of this time was spent supporting businesses and their employees through change. My interest in the individual, their personal circumstances and their reactions to change showed me how emotion rather than logic drives behaviour. I focussed on coaching individuals and teams to help them solve their own issues.

In 2012 I decided to formalise my passion for supporting people to get the most out of their lives by qualifying as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. Since then I have continued to study alongside my clinical practice. I offer my services as a volunteer at Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Haveley Hey Primary School, through Place2Be.

Whilst my approach is primarily Person-Centered, my training has been integrative, so I am able to draw on Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural approaches to suit each individual client. For clients who find it hard to express themselves through spoken language, I use creative and play therapy to enable expression and communication.

As an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, I am bound by their Code of Ethics including receiving clinical supervision on a monthly basis. I am covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance and have an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate due to my work with children and vulnerable adults.

 

  • I appreciate everything you have done for me. You helped me when I really needed it. I wouldn’t have been able to get through the challenging times without your help. Thank you so much! –Female 33

  • .Thank you so much for all your help and support. I am enjoying my life far more now. –Female, 46

  • From the outset I had confidence that you were actively listening to me. I particularly valued your questions, which helped me to think differently and helped me to resolve issues. Thank you.–Male, 60

  • I really valued being able to reflect openly, cry openly and get empathy and understanding of my feelings. A tremendous help. Thanks Karen. –Male, 82 Name

  • Our sessions have made an amazing difference to my happiness. –Female, 11

  • I feel amazingly better. It’s fun when I come and it’s OK when Mum and Dad go out for the evening now. –Male, 11

  • We went through 12 months of limbo. The service you provide is invaluable and I really don’t know where we would have been if we had not come to you. –Mum of 10 year old boy

  • After my Dad died, I couldn’t contain my emotions and I lashed out at family, friends and teachers. You have helped me to use my feelings constructively.  I am happier and am doing so much better at school. –Female, 13

  • It has been so helpful having someone outside of my family and friends to talk to. Sometimes I feel different from everyone else but I’m learning to be more comfortable in myself. –Female, 15

 

Credentials:

* Accredited member of the National Counselling Society

* Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5)

* Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 3)

* Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Level 4) Studying

* Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills

* Master Coaching Certificate

* Professional Indemnity Insurance

* Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate