- Phone number
- 07587 144760
About me and my therapy practiceAs a person-centred counsellor, I firmly believe that - however stuck or uncertain you may feel at the moment - within you is a strong and healthy self that knows exactly what is right for you and how to move forward. My role is to provide the calm space in which you can access this inner guidance and develop greater resilience, confidence and enjoyment of life, whatever your circumstances.
Research shows that finding a counsellor with whom you can build a relationship of confidence and trust is more vital to the effectiveness of counselling than anything else. So please have a look at my website at www.karenbray.co.uk, where you can find out more about me and my approach. Then we can arrange a no-obligation initial session so you can get a feel for what it's like to work with me.
My fee is £45 per session for weekday daytimes.
My training (FdSc Distinction in Counselling from Bath Spa University) and orientation is person-centred, informed by attachment theory.
I incorporate other models as they seem useful, particularly the solution-focused approach (clarifying a better future to work towards, rather than just dwelling on what's painful now); and bringing a compassionate perspective to the self-criticism and inner conflict many clients live with.
My experience includes counselling at both residential and non-residential addiction treatment centres, and with an agency specialising in recovery from childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. I have supported people who feel overwhelmed by anxiety, anger, grief, depression, low self-worth, isolation and traumatic memories to find a better emotional balance; like and understand themselves more; and feel stronger, more resourced and hopeful about the future.
I have also counselled young people aged 18 to 25, who can find a focus on the value of their inner experiencing a refreshing contrast to the "oughts" and "shoulds" that particularly plague that age group.
And, as a qualified mediator, I have a longstanding interest in supporting people to communicate more effectively and to manage anger and conflict constructively, in relationships, families, and at work.
My first session
I am currently offering counselling mainly by Zoom video link, with the possibility of meeting in-person in central Bath if video counselling is not suitable. I am also experienced in phone counselling, which can be the most appropriate format for some people. When we make arrangements to start counselling, we can discuss which option will be best.
An initial session is the best way for you to get a feel of what it is like to work with me. We'll talk about what you hope to get out of counselling, explore some ways to achieve that, and discuss the boundaries that keep counselling safe, comfortable and confidential. You are welcome to ask whatever you want about any aspect of the counselling.
I do charge for the initial session, but if you don't find it helpful I'll refund the fee.
What I can help with
Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Person centred, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited