What is Counselling?

Counselling provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to express your innermost thoughts and feelings and explore whatever personal difficulties you are currently experiencing. Together we will look at ways of working through those difficulties, so that you have options and choice, and no longer feel trapped by that particular situation.



I do not offer advice, nor do I tell you what you should do or attempt to solve your problems for you. I will, however, help you to understand your life better and enable you to make whatever changes you feel are necessary to achieve happiness and equilibrium.

I work with an integrated model, which means I use a variety of different methods and insights to help you explore what is troubling you. This means I tailor my counselling to the individual and his or her needs at that moment in time.


How safe is it for me to talk to you?

bacplogoVery. As a counsellor I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I am bound by its Ethical Framework and subject to the Conduct Procedure therein. That means anything you say to me will be in the strictest confidence and no one will even know that you are being counselled, unless you yourself choose to tell them.

There are a few, very extreme circumstances (for example if either you or another person is at risk of being seriously hurt), when I would legally be obliged to break confidentially and seek outside advice, in line with BACP guidelines. I will explain these fully to you before we start any actual counselling. If you have any questions or concerns about this, or anything else, please do not hesitate to raise them with me.


What happens if we agree to proceed?

Having agreed to continue we will then work out a mutually convenient time to meet. This will normally be at the same time each week, but can be flexible if your situation prevents you from making such a regular commitment. I offer both daytime and evening sessions, Monday to Saturday. I also offer fortnightly sessions, if that is appropriate to your situation.


How long is a session, and how many will I need?

For individuals, a session is usually 50 minutes. This will be conducted within the comfort of my office or your home, in the strictest confidence. It is always difficult to say how many sessions a person with a specific goal in mind may need. Some find their issues dealt with after 3 or 4, while others may need as many as 15-20. We can discuss this together in the introductory session. Ultimately it is your choice and you are always in control.



I don’t have a particular issue but would still like to talk to someone, sharing my day-to-day struggles, on a more open-ended basis. Can you help?

Yes. Many people find that having someone to talk to on a regular, ongoing basis can be of great benefit. I would suggest that initially we meet weekly or fortnightly, but there may be a point at which we both think it would be good to reduce the frequency to monthly sessions.


What issues do you counsel for?

Together we will work out what issues need attention. The following are just a few examples of the issues that I have helped people with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Work related issues
  • Stress
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Recovery from addiction
  • Abuse
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Letting go of the past
  • Mid-life crisis
  • ‘Empty nest’ syndrome


Karen Wilkins

Karen Wilkins

How can I help you?

Let me know with the Contact Form here.