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Specialisms

  • Abuse

    Emotional, Physical, and Sexual

  • Trauma

    Adjustment disorder and Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Anger

    Aggression, Anger management, and Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Anxiety / stress

    Agoraphobia, Acute stress, Death, Financial, Generalised, Health, Panic attacks, Performance, Separation, Social anxiety disorder, Social phobia, Specific phobia, and Stress management

  • Depression

    Dysthymia, Major, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Pre and post-natal depression, Seasonal affective, Self harm, and Suicidal thoughts

  • Mood

    Bipolar disorder, Cyclothymia, Disruptive mood dysregulation, and Hypomania

  • Identity

    Cultural / religious identity, Discrimination, Gender identity, Identity crisis, Men's issues, Racial identity, Sexual orientation, Women's issues, and LGBTQ

  • Work

    Career progress, Leadership, Mediation, Workplace bullying, Workplace stress, and Workplace performance

  • Personal

    Personal development, Bitterness, Boundary setting, Childhood related, Confidence, Feeling lost, Goal setting, Guilt, Jealousy, Lack of focus, Life coaching, Manipulative behaviour, Mid life crisis, Motivation, Nervous breakdown, Self esteem, Shyness, Spirituality, Sports performance, Victim mentality, and Life transition

  • Grief / loss

    Bereavement, Loss of a parent, Anticipatory mourning, Complicated grief, Loss of a pet, Loss of a spouse, Loss of a child, Sudden loss, and Unemployment / redundancy

  • Family

    Adoption, Blended families, Carer support, and Conflict

  • Relationships

    Abandonment, Affairs / infidelity, Attachment issues, Breakups, divorce and separation, Codependency, Communication difficulties, Cross cultural, Doubt in relationships, Intimacy, Marriage problems, Parenting related, Peer relationships, Premarital counselling, Rejection, and Same sex couple issues

  • Conduct disorders

    Antisocial personality disorder, Intermittent explosive disorder, Kleptomania, Opposition defiance, and Pyromania

  • Education

    Boarding school concerns, Dyslexia, Exam pressure, Learning difficulties, and School/academic performance

  • Health related issues (physical)

    Abortion, Alzheimers, Brain injury, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Chronic illness, Dementia, Disability, Dyspraxia, HIV / Aids, Fertility / infertility, Miscarriage, Pain management, Pregnancy and birth, Psychosomatic, Restless leg syndrome, Stillbirth, Terminal illness, Tourettes, and Vaginismus

  • Sleep concerns

    Disturbed sleep, Excessive sleep, Hypersomnolence, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Sleepwalking, and Sleep terrors

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Karen Boram

Counsellor & Psychotherapist
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4 Years Experience

I am new to the Harley Therapy Platform so as yet I do not have any reviews on this site but read on and you will hopefully get an idea of my style of counselling. I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and...

4 Years Experience

I am new to the Harley Therapy Platform so as yet I do not have any reviews on this site but read on and you will hopefully get an idea of my style of counselling.

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My work is to help overcome challenges which are overwhelming and to deal with issues of identity, difference and diversity. My passion is to work with clients to help bring some clarity and balance into their lives, giving them permission to explore their life and to be in touch with their feelings and to help them with their own personal growth and self development,

My philosophy of counselling is based on the person as a whole - working on the mind, body and the emotions. My role as a counsellor is to guide and help a client along the journey of change by providing a safe place to promote a deep inner healing to help restore trust and harmony in ones 'self' and other relationships. Bringing more self awareness brings with it contentment and a walk through life with more focus, purpose and positivity.

The approach I use is individual for each client, dependent on my client's personality, story and emotional need. My counselling model is an eclectic blend of different elements of models or therapies ie. psychodynamic, humanistic and Intercultural and if required some initial grounding using mindfulness or focussing, alongside breathing techniques.

Models of counselling I use:

Person-centred (PCT) - this approach facilitates personal growth and encourages self awareness of a client by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. Unconditional positive regard and empathy in a non-judgmental environment provides the vital support needed for a client to make their way through this therapeutic journey.

Transactional-Analysis (TA) - this focusses on what is actually being perceived and felt in the body which helps to guide thought patterns away from their usual way of thinking, in turn promoting personal growth and change. It is based on the theory of three ego states or distinct attitudes: parent, adult and child and by working with the ego states of an individual alongside other concepts and tools, this can help to analyse communication strategies and identify where interaction may have faltered and what interaction is now needed to move forward in a more positive way.

Gestalt - This philosophical approach is to work with clients and focus the experiential or present moment with an emphasis on what is being done and thoughts and feelings of an individual in the ‘here and now’ as opposed to what was, might have been, could or should be. This approach recognises that sometimes self-awareness becomes blocked by negative thought patterns and behaviours that can leave people feeling dissatisfied. By bringing thoughts and feelings into the present can provide insight into ways to alleviate current issues

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - this is a talking therapy and helps to manage problems by helping you recognise how thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. The therapy aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.

Focussing/Mindfulness: is a process to obtain new insights about one's situation with a connection using words and images in order to gain an inner awareness. It is often that clients have an ‘ah ha’ moment where something suddenly pieces together and leads to better understanding. At this point it isn’t fully understood, but the process of realising something is there, allows the process to move forward.

What to expect:

Counselling can be daunting and uncomfortable for some clients, so I will ease you slowly into the session by actively listening to your story in a non-judgemental and confidential setting. This first session will give you an insight into the world of counselling as a tool for providing you with a new perspective on and solutions to your issues. We will work together to focus on bringing clarity into your thoughts by reducing confusion which then allows for effective decisions. Decisions then lead to positive changes in behaviour.

Each client is unique bringing unique stories so it is difficult to give an idea of how many sessions is required. Short term therapy is approximately 6-8 sessions. Each session lasting 50 minutes.

Work experience:

Working with a key West Kent based registered charity, helping and supporting those affected by domestic abuse. Giving face to face support with detailed risk assessment and putting into place safety planning for clients.

NHS Counselling work at two GP surgeries helping clients with presenting issues to include trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship and gender issues (both for individuals and couples).

College counsellor supporting and counselling students with emotional and diverse presenting issues.

Most of my counselling work is from my private practice at my counselling room based near Sevenoaks, Kent.

Recent testimonials and reviews from my private practice:

1. "Karen is a very personable professional. I was impressed at how quickly Karen contacted me to explore how she was able to help me. It was easy to trust and open up to Karen. I am thankful for Karen's experience and kind empathic nature".

2. "I have found working with Karen extremely helpful. She uses various models of counselling and has certainly tailored my sessions around what was going to suit me best. I have made so much progress in just 6 weeks, and for this, I thank Karen for her approachable personality, and the use of appropriate techniques to assist me to move on".

3. "kind warm and very quick to spot the essential issues i really felt at ease with her and felt she could understand and hold my pain. I would definitely use her again".

Other Counselling Training/Certificates:

Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Sexual Healing after Abuse
Progressive Personal Awareness
Place2Be Children's Awareness Training
Safeguarding Training


Accreditations

  • (BACP) British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive Behavioural CBT
    • Gestalt Therapy
    • Psychodynamic
    • Transactional analysis
    • Humanistic / Person Centred
    • Integrative

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