Karen’s interest in counselling and psychotherapy began after the death of her son. The experience of receiving excellent counselling herself, which enabled her to recover from debilitating post-traumatic stress and successfully manage residual symptoms, helped to shape the trajectory of her own vocational life.
Over the last 26 years Karen has sought to offer a safe space to enable people to unfold and explore ways of moving forward from where they find themselves. She worked with vulnerable young people in NW London through the Ignite Trust – a charity she co-founded in collaboration with the Church of England – during which time she gained particular experience with anxiety issues, eating disorders, historical sexual abuse, trauma, unresolved childhood issues, identity, sexuality and gender issues.
Later, as a chaplain in the MOD, she worked successfully with military personnel suffering with conditions such as PTSD, OCD, depression, addiction, relationship problems and much more.
After qualifying as a Human Givens Psychotherapist and Counsellor Karen took early retirement from the Church of England in order to focus solely on mental health. She has worked in partnership with the charity PTSD Resolution (working with veterans and their families to treat and manage PTSD) and with The Red Poppy Company (working with the emergency services to treat and manage PTSD). She also supports the work of SANDs and has been running a private practice since 2018 alongside working in a University’s mental health care provision.
Karen is an experienced trainer: during her time as co-director of Ignite Charitable Trust in NW London she taught regular classes on mental health, focusing on helping people with eating disorders and historical sexual abuse, as well as the connection between psychological wounds and some physiological conditions (such as skin conditions and infertility) and how to assist healing. She has also delivered her own day-long skilled listening course across the UK, in Amsterdam and Chicago, and given a variety of seminars on mental health at the Spring Harvest and New Wine Conferences.