Meet Our Therapists
Therapeutic Counselling, Creative Therapy & Coaching
for Young People and Adults
Play Therapy for Children 3 -11 years
About Me / My Experience
Karen is a mum to 4 grown up children and grandmother to 2. Having faced her own struggles in life Karen went on her own journey of self-discovery and recovery, and wanted to help others do the same. Having been through many adverse experiences means Karen is able to empathise with and understand circumstances others may find themselves in.
Karen is an experienced in Therapeutic Counselling, Hypnothetrapy, Creative Therapy, Play Therapy, The Rewind Technique and Coaching.
Karen has helped many adults work through their issues using Creative and Non-Verbal Therapy to compliment talking therapy, Karen has successfully coached both young people and adults and uses methods such as The Rewind Technique for PTSD and trauma.
Karen volunteered as a Samaritan's listener for 6 years so is experienced with highly sensitive and emotional situations.
Karen's interest in working with children and young people came about after working in the support department in secondary school and witnessing the pressure young people face in and out of school and noticing the lack of understanding and emotional support available to them and their parents; this prompted Karen to train with Place2Be (school counselling service) in Children and Young Person's counselling to work with them using child focussed counselling and creative/play therapy.
The variety of modalities Karen has to offer means she is able to work in a way that is suited to you and your journey.
Karen always likes to use the most up to date techniques which is why she loves offering a scientifically validated coaching technique which utilises the subconscious mind to make positive changes easily, gently and quickly overcoming stress, anxiety, past traumas, negative emotions through handling the issues that are standing in the way of your goals with results that will blow your mind.
Karen has been an accredited member of The National Hypnotherapy Society since 2013 and the National Counselling Society since 2016, she abides by their Ethical Framework, clinical supervision, and Continuous Professional Development requirements.
Karen is a certified MAP Coaching Institute practitioner and abides by their coaching guidelines
Karen has an up-to-date enhanced DBS and full Professional Protection and Public Liability Insurance.
Karen is registered with the ICO on their Data Protection Register :
Registration reference: ZA294383
Training, Qualifications & Experience
Since qualifying as a Therapeutic Counsellor, Children & Young Person's Counsellor, and a Transformational Coach, Karen has worked with many children & young people in schools and at Snakes and Ladders Therapy Centre also with adults in person, online, and via telephone having completed over 1,200 clinical hours.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Adult Experience (AAE's)
Karen has a keen interest in promoting awareness of ACE's & AAE's.
She is happy to share her knowledge to help people gain an understanding of how their childhood or indeed adult experiences impact their learning, brain development, emotional and physical health and interactions with others.
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Karen has completed training and professional development in the following areas;
Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Children
The Rewind Technique
Coping with Stress using Neuro-Linguistic Programming
P.T.S.D & Psychological Trauma (using Hypnotherapy)
Working with P.T.S.D (using C.B.T)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Non-Verbal Therapy for the Talking Therapist
Working with secondary aged Young People
Sensory impairment awareness
Supporting Dissociated/Psychotic Clients & Prisoner Callers
Supporting students with Speech, Language & Communication Needs
Emergency first aid at work
Automated External Defibrillators
Attachment Issues in Looked-after Children in school
Hidden Harm 1 (Drugs and Alcohol Awareness in Families)
Childhood Adversity and Trauma, Advancing Research and Practice
Using Stones in the therapy room
Using children's books in the therapy room
Working creatively with anger
Working creatively with anxiety
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Therapeutic Life Story Work
Working creatively in opening up communication
Generalised Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attack Recovery
Working with Selective Mutism
National Centre For Domestic Violence
Working with Trauma
Working with Trauma Triggers and Flashbacks
Coaching using the subconscious mind to release unconscious blocks, stress, anxiety and trauma
I offer Counselling to individuals on both a short and long term basis with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it fully in a more authentic and present manner. I believe having compassion for self and bringing mindful awareness into your daily life are the basic ingredients in helping you to work toward change. I incorporate a number of various influences depending on where my client is at which include:
•CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
•Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Throughout my time as a Therapist, I have worked with a range of presentations and issues, in private practice, a woman's charity and a drug and alcohol organisation. Listed below are some of the issues I help clients with:
Work and life Stress • Relationship issues • Panic Attacks • Anxiety •Loss and abandonment • Addiction • Depression • Domestic Violence• Low mood • Feeling sad or unhappy • Loss of fulfilment
Some clients come to therapy as a last resort because they begin to feel they can no longer sustain their lives whilst living with their distress and other clients attend therapy because something just doesn't feel quite right inside. Whatever the spectrum of your distress, counselling can help you to understand your patterns more deeply.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training at The Gestalt Centre, which is London's leading institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy and then went onto do further training at CPPD, which is one of the leading Humanistic Integrative counselling schools in the UK.
I hold a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.
I also am trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Initial session - £50
Follow up session - £60
I also offer a reduced rate for booking bulk sessions, please check in with me for more details.
As a Counsellor, I am extremely passionate about providing effective therapy which can lead to relieving the distress which we all experience at some point in our lives - be it panic, family issues, low self-esteem, relationship issues, generalised anxiety disorder, work stress or any other means of distress clients experience.
Outside my formal training, I also have a keen interest in the body and mind connection and am aware of how yoga, mindfulness and meditation can strengthen this connection.
Sessions available at Snakes and Ladders Therapy Centre, Potters Bar