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Hello

Karen 

I became a counsellor in my early forties, having spent 20 years working in Banking and finance and the health industries. This means that I am able to bring a wealth of life experience to my counselling work, which I believe is very important for a counsellor. I currently have a private practice in Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea in Essex and work as a Counsellor in a Secondary School.

I also work with companies such as Mind, YMCA, and The Police Firearms Association offering counselling and Supervision. I  co-founded The Aspirations Program charity offering a twelve week abstinenced based recovery program for addiction which is trauma informed, the first of its kind in Southend. I also offer Supervision for Counsellors as well.

I am trained in integrative counselling this means I use a blend of approaches from CBT, psychodynamic, humanistic, Transactional Analysis to offer a full range of counselling techniques.

 

If you would like to consider counselling please contact me for a free initial consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Training

  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision

  • Practitioners Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • AQA Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • AQA Certificate in counselling skills

 

Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society I am a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) member Counsellor/Psychotherapist (www.bacp.co.uk).

I work within the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Nick

I am a professional Counsellor and Therapist, welcoming anyone seeking to help change their lives and improve upon their mental and spiritual well being. I have spent a considerable amount of time working with individuals to help them break the cycle of addiction and specialize in this area of work. Because of the complex nature of addiction issues I work well with a number of other complex issues and hope that my style of therapy will suite you.

I work intergratively with different therapies on a one to one basis and will help design and implement a unique therapy suited toward my clients needs.

I adhere to the BACP statute of ethical practice, which can be found here (www.bacp.co.uk).

 

Therapy can be delivered on a one to one basis, couples or in groups depending on the client’s specific need. This can be arranged at time of assessment.


Please note that before a client can begin therapy, I am professionally obliged to carry out an initial assessment to determine how to work with them safely.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Levels 1-5 integrative counselling

  • Addiction

  • Trauma related issues

  • Relationships

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Family dynamics

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Sometimes life gets hard, and it can be difficult to reach out, this may be due to fear, or embarrassment, or maybe just because we’re not sure who will listen. It’s easy to get advice, most people are willing to give us that, but sometimes we need something more. Counselling provides a safe place to unload your worries and concerns, a place where you can be truly heard and understood, a place of empathy and non-judgement, a place that is focussed solely on YOU. A place where you can be supported whilst you work through your ‘stuff’.

We believe in working holistically, encompassing the whole client, psychologically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We do not believe a person is their diagnosis, or their problems, instead we prefer to focus on the person as a unique individual with life experiences. Our role is to support a client as they find ways to live with, manage or overcome any issues they may be experiencing.