Karen Mackey

Karen Mackey

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07495 267944

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Therapist - Woking

Woking GU22
07495 267944
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

When things feel difficult and upsetting we need to understand what is happening,  think and talk things through. Many people find doing this with friends or family, awkward and uncomfortable. It is often working with a Counsellor, having space to talk openly and freely, that  you will see all your options more clearly.  

You have a particular and special way of looking at the world and, whatever you eventually choose to do differently, needs to make sense, and fit with that view. My Counselling is about working with you personally and with what you bring to sessions so that you can manage your life in a way that works for you. As an Integrative therapist drawing on different approaches, we can choose and adapt what will suit you best.

I see couples and individuals privately. My experience includes working with people who see their lives as flat and dull, full of conflict or maybe they feel overwhelmed. Difficulties can include communication, addiction, depression, anxiety, loss, anger, abuse, isolation, exclusion, lack of self-esteem or relationships issues.  Whatever the situation there is always a way of doing things differently and we work together to explore what those look like for you.

Couples Counselling looks to strengthen your relationship: whether you are having particular difficulties currently or are seeking ways to deepen your connection. Sometimes Counselling can also help couples to part more easily. If you are considering Couples Counselling, both partners need to contact me directly so that I know this is what you both want, and I have permission to get in touch.

It is vital that the Counselling relationship will work for you, that you feel comfortable and able to trust me.  If you are considering my counselling, I suggest you come along for a session before making a decision. 

Practice description

I have been a Counsellor and Assessor at Catalyst, a Guildford based drug, alcohol and well-being charity, and have also counselled at YMCA in Guildford. Now choosing to offer affordable, flexible counselling, I work from an upstairs room in my home, which is calm and private. There is also easy parking just outside.

For individual clients who prefer shorter sessions, I offer a one hour initial session followed by 30 minute appointments over Zoom.

My first session

You can begin to feel comfortable talking to me and get a sense of whether my counselling will be helpful.

I will tell you a little more about how I work, and you can ask any questions you may have. We will look at what you are hoping to gain from sessions and what might have helped or hindered previously. From there I will ask for a little more background information so we can start to see whether and what support networks are in place for you. By the end of the session, we will both have a common understanding of what has brought you to Counselling and may have begun to work together.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Redundancy, Relationships, Sexual identity, Stress, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work