Taking a leaf out of Steve Jobs’ book, I instigated changes in my life when I was no longer fulfilled by how I was spending my days. After graduating in 1979, I worked and travelled internationally for two years, gaining experience of ‘blue’ as well as ‘white’ collar work. I returned to the UK to build my career, and gained in-depth business experience in blue-chip corporate environments: Direct Sales; Technical Sales; Marketing and Business Development; culminating in starting up and running my own company - which is still going strong today without me. Since re-qualifying as a Psychologist, I’ve worked in the NHS and in private practice, including delivering EAP services to West Midlands Police. I’m trained in a range of approaches, but am best described as an ‘integrative’ practitioner, i.e. I tailor my approach to fit the needs of individual clients, rather than trying to fit ‘square pegs into round holes’. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a lot of information and experience that will help you find the answers.
One final thought: I hope everyone reading this is having a really good day... but if you’re not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to start to change that!Testimonials
I have really valued the time I have spent with you, not only for the benefits to myself but also for your warmth & humanity… I know I have a way to go, but I do believe that you have supported me to ‘walk’ more steadily & certainly more self-assured! I am starting to love me, to love the person I am – I thank you for that……The secondment offered has now been made into a permanent position. I’m on the move!
My experience of working with her was enlightening, challenging and with her wit and warmth uplifting. Karen is a great ambassador to her profession, you know with absolute certainty she is going to move you forward resulting in improved confidence and increased self insight
I know you are just doing your job but I have found you excellent & really easy to talk to & be open with, yet you have always been extremely professional. It’s only fair to say that you have helped me turn my life around & I am so very grateful for you support & help……
Additional Training and Experience Show/Hide
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Approach, Brief Therapy, EMDR Level III, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic counselling,
I am trained in psychometric testing and have written psychological assessments for courts in criminal and personal injury cases. I have worked with organisations and groups to facilitate solution-focused coaching, team building, conflict resolution, change management and performance enhancement strategies.
I have wide-ranging experience as a Psychologist in both Private Practice and NHS settings: Adult and Adolescent Mental Health, Physical Health and Child and Family Services. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups with difficulties ranging from mild to severe in areas such as: anxiety; depression; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); anger; deliberate self-injury; alcohol misuse and addictive behaviours; eating disorders; social phobia; agoraphobia; attachment issues; relationship difficulties; sexual dysfunction; bereavement; bullying; severe challenging behaviour and school avoidance.
I am experienced in treating psychological difficulties arising from physical health issues, for example Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME, chronic pain, lack of diagnosis, stroke, Fibromyalgia and Pain Management. I have particular interest and expertise in trauma-related issues and have delivered Employee Assistance Services to the West Midlands Police.
- Psychometric Testing (BPS)
- Expert Witness and Report Writing (BPS)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Levels 1, 2, and 3
- Solution Focused Interventions (BPS)
- Brief Therapy (NHS)
- Transactional Analysis 101 (The Berne Institute)
- Neurobiology and Counselling Psychology (CECPF)
- Child Protection (NHS)