Karen Kendall BSc (Hons), PGdip

 Individual and Couple Counsellor/Psychotherapist

 Asking for help can be a difficult step to take. 

Perhaps you have tried talking to friends and family or you feel that there is no one you can turn to. You may feel confused or trapped by a situation you want to change or find yourself in the same unwanted situation again and again. Perhaps your feelings and thoughts trouble you more than you would like them too.

Seeking help from a therapist is a positive step towards understanding yourself and your situation. 

As a couple, you may feel distant and disconnected from your partner or you may be having repeated arguments that never seem to reach a conclusion. Couples therapy can help bring your relationship into focus so these difficulties can be explored together.

 Principally my role is to listen to you. There is no correct ‘thing’ to talk about, what’s important is that you say whatever you feel you want to in your own particular way. Together, using what you say as guidance, we will try to think about you and what it is that is causing your distress. This may include how you relate to your life, the people that feature in it and how you relate to me during the session.

During our sessions, I may ask questions to help me understand you better. I will not give advice but I may make a suggestion. I hope to enable you to think and feel more fully about your experiences. I am on the side of your development and if I recognise that you are getting in the way of yourself, I will challenge this.

I work in a similar way with couples but here my role is to think about the relationship that you and your partner are creating. We will think together about what the relationship is providing for both of you and how this might need to change.

 I qualified in 2005 as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. I am registered and accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP).  Appointments are generally weekly lasting for 50 minutes and I charge £50 per session. 

 In addition, I am a qualified Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) and have worked in psychiatric hospitals supporting patients to take an active and meaningful part in their care and treatment. I have a particular interest in mental health and have worked for a leading mental health charity for the last seven years.

You can contact me by e-mail at karen.kendall@hotmail.co.uk or by telephone on 07734 922914. If you leave a message I will call you back.