Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Sittingbourne

Sittingbourne ME9
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Please contact me for weekly availability, as times may vary. 

My current hours are Tuesday and Wednesday daytimes and evenings. 

Please feel free to contact me so we can book in a free initial 20 minute virtual session, this helps you to identify if I feel like the right match for you and your needs.

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, I'm Karen. Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Have you suffered bereavement or loss? Are you feeling isolated and unhappy? Are you feeling overwhelmed, lack focus, that everything is out of control?  I work with individual adults experiencing these feelings to move forward in your life. 

I have over 30 years' extensive clinical experience of working as a nurse with a range of difficulties and diversity of clients. As an integrative counsellor, the work we do together is adapted to your specific needs, whatever they may be, to truly move past these feelings, by understanding where they originate from and deal with them as they present in your current life. Many of my clients have experienced:

- Feeling overwhelmed or anxious, leading to not stepping outside your comfort zone and avoiding new challenges.

- Feeling that you are used to being able to cope well, then find yourself painfully stuck, unable to move forward and unable to cope. Leading to losing sight of your goals and aspirations.

- Blocking out experiencing painful feelings by saying things like, ‘I am fine’, ‘I just need to be strong and carry on’, or ‘I don’t want to come across as being or feeling weak’.

- Fear of rejection leading to not taking risks, connecting with others, and achieving your goals.

- You or someone you care for is living with chronic pain or a long-term health condition that you fear is controlling or significantly impacting on you enjoying life.

- Something like a traumatic event, accident, bereavement, or loss, happened in the past, and feeling that you should be over it by now, but it is still affecting the present.

- Feeling of emptiness or disconnected to yourself and others, leading to feelings of being isolated or loneliness.

If any of the above sounds familiar, then I can help. 

Practice description

Working together in a supportive environment, we can help you embrace who you truly are through:

- Developing understanding of your experiences to begin to overcome and develop greater inner strength and resilience.

- Identifying limiting self-beliefs and challenge them, so they no longer hinder you.

- Developing confidence through learning to challenge negative thoughts and build a strong sense of self-worth.

- Exploring your own solutions to gain the courage to take risks making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with situations that have no solution, to begin to pursue your goals.

- Feeling more confident and in control to take risks in seeking new opportunities and achieve your goals.

Imagine, if you could conquer your challenges, what kind of person would you like to be? How would you begin to view and experience your world?

All my clients have wanted to make changes that will improve their situation, and through providing the environment to explore thoughts and emotions, work together to help feel empowered to lead the life you desire and enjoy.

Contact me, by phone or email to discuss any questions or book a free 20-minute initial consultation, to explore ways of working together. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Cognitive, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited

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