Therapist Profiles

Therapeutic Counselling & Creative Therapy for
Young People and Adults
Play Therapy for Children 3 years up
Karen Bland
About Me / My Experience

Karen is a mother to 4 children (3 teens) and grandmother to 2, having faced her own struggles in life decided to go on her own journey of self-discovery and recovery, having made it through 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 initially qualified in Therapeutic Counselling and Hypnotherapy taking a keen interest in psychological trauma.

Karen has helped many adults work through their issues using creative and non-verbal therapy to compliment talking therapy and has since trained in the Rewind Technique which helps with PTSD and psychological trauma.

 

Karen volunteers as a Samaritan's listener having so far offered over 600 hours of her free time to support members of the public experiencing emotional distress and/or having suicidal thoughts or plans. 

 

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 in children's counselling and work with them as a therapeutic counsellor using creative and play therapy. 

The variety of techniques Karen has to offer means she is able to work in a way that is suited to you and your therapeutic journey. 

 

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 has an up to date enhanced DBS and full Professional Protection and Public Liability Insurance.

 

Karen is registered with the ICO on their Date Protection Register : 

Registration reference: ZA294383

Training, Qualifications & Experience

 

Since qualifying as a children's counsellor, Karen has worked with many children in schools children's centres and community spaces in and around Hertfordshire, North London, Middlesex, Hillingdon and Buckinghamshire having completed over 850 clinical hours working with children therapeutically as well as offering support to parents along the way.

Fees
adult sessions £65 - £90
child sessions (under 18) £50

Adverse Childhood Experiences

(ACE's )

Awareness

Karen has a keen interest in promoting awareness of ACE'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

Recognising Radicalisation

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

            School Locations Karen works in:

London Borough of Barnet,

Potters Bar, Colney Heath, Brookmans Park, South Mimms

 Elstree, Bushey, Borehamwood, Shenley,   Radlett, London Colney, Park Street,      

      Watford, Oxhey, South Oxhey,                                 Northwood, Hatch End,                         Kings Langley, Abbots Langley, 

St Albans, Harpenden, Stevenage, 

Hemel Hempstead,  Redbourn,    

Welwyn Garden City,  Wheathampstead   

Sessions available at Snakes and Ladders Therapy Centre,  Potters Bar, Herts

Telephone counselling is available for adults

Elaine Conway

My Approach

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)
•Psychodynamic therapy
•Person-Centred therapy
•Time-Limited therapy
•Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

My Experience

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

Professional Qualifications:

 

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).

Fees


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.

About me

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.

Availability


Sessions available at Snakes and Ladders Therapy Centre, Potters Bar

Thursdays

&

Saturday morning

Snakes and Ladders Therapy Centre

1st Floor, 

above Oakmere Service Centre

Hollies Way,

Potters Bar,

Herts, EN6 5BH

Telephone

07891 209081

Email:

sltherapycentre@gmail.com

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