Karen Harrisskitt

Karen Harrisskitt

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Hartlepool

Hartlepool TS24
Sessions from £35.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, during this uncertain time many of us are experiencing difficulties with our mental wellbeing and emotions can feel heightened. I can work with you from home via webcam or phone to support you through this and work through difficult emotions.

I offer a trusting, warm and open environment to work therapeutically with you and share a space which provides you with an opportunity to talk in confidence and without judgement. I understand that at times, life can put pressure and strain on anyone and we can struggle to have clarity of thought when things become overbearing.

Working with a counsellor is a helpful experience when you are facing difficulties that may be impacting on your life, relationships or wellbeing. I have experience in working therapeutically with couples, individuals and children. I am able to offer flexible appointment times.

My approach combines psychodynamic, systemic, mentalization, mindfulness and play therapy for children, this means that I can draw from a range of different types of therapies to best support you the client(s) to understand your current situation and how this may be impacting on you. Together, we can explore how you can learn to accept things or make adjustments to move forwards.

I work with individuals and couples for many different reasons, my approach is to draw on the modality which suits your needs best, in a confidential, calm, empathetic, sensitive and respectful way. I am trained and experienced in phone and webcam counselling, both very effective ways of working.

Thank you for reading more about me, if you think I may be the right counsellor for you or have any questions please call for a chat or email any questions to me.

If I am not the right counsellor for you I wish you well in finding support, I would encourage you to speak to somebody you can trust to help understand your difficulties.

Practice description

Along with my private practice, I have experience of working within primary care settings as a Psychological Therapist working with individuals who are experiencing difficulties which impact on their wellbeing.

I work within the charity sector as a Relationship Therapist, working with couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship. I also offer specialist work with couples where one or both partners are experiencing depression and with couples where there is high conflict and they share concern about the impact of this on their children. More recently I have begun working voluntarily for Place2Be in primary school, counselling children on a long term basis.

All of my work is supervised and I work within Relate, Place2Be and BACP ethical guidelines, and within the ethical standards of UK network for Mindfulness Teachers.

As a counsellor I am open, warm, develop a trust and space which can be used to share their concerns or fear and I am committed to self-development and self-reflexivity.

I am a mindfulness teacher, listed on the UK Network of approved Mindfulness practitioners. I deliver Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme to private groups and businesses and I work in collaboration with ManHealth CIC, a local organisation supporting Men experiencing depression and mental health challenges.

Qualifications - Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Relate), IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relations), Mentalization-based Therapy for Parenting under Pressure (Tavistock Relations), Mindfulness Practitioner Teacher Training course (Professional listing on UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers), Mental Health First Aid (Mind), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Mind), Webcam counselling, Phone counselling.

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Disability, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Emotion focused therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Groups, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited