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Karen Ramsay

Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited by The National Counselling Society)
Certificate in Foundations of Counselling
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

I understand that taking the step to have counselling is usually not an easy one. Perhaps you have a specific issue you would like to talk about, or maybe you’re finding things tough right now and are not sure why. I’m here to offer you a safe, confidential space to be heard without judgement, to explore aspects of your life that might be causing you emotional distress or pain, and to make sense of thoughts or feelings that are confusing or overwhelming.

I am a qualified, integrative counsellor. As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I practice according to the standards set by the BACP ethical framework.

My approach to counselling is based on the belief that you have within yourself the resources and capacity to survive, grow and change. Sometimes you may lose sight of this if difficult circumstances or life changes lead you to feel vulnerable, hopeless, powerless or unable to cope.

Building a trusting, accepting relationship between client and therapist is central to how I work. Together we will explore what you would like to gain from therapy and our work will be guided by the issues that feel uppermost to you. Some people need, most of all, to talk over difficult life events so that they can accept a situation or make a change. Others may want to explore their way of being in the world, develop skills for coping and enjoying life more in the present, build personal resilience or plan a new direction in life.

During your therapy, we can talk about how the counselling is going for you so that you can tell me what’s helping, what’s not helping and what you might need next.

I have experience of working with people affected by the following issues:

Dealing with life changes or difficulties with everyday life
Low self-esteem, self-criticism and feelings of worthlessness
Feelings of depression and/or anxiety
Current or past relationship issues
Limiting physical health conditions
Loneliness and isolation
Work-related issues
Bereavement and loss
Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts/feelings
Paranoid thoughts/feelings
Bipolar
Hearing voices

Saturday mornings

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and the fee per session is £40. A limited number of places may be available on a reduced fee per session if you are on a low income.