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Karen Bland

Karen Bland

Counsellor in London

I offer client-led Therapeutic Counselling incorporating Creative Expression, Play and Sand Play. I also offer The Rewind Technique to alleviate the effects of psychological trauma.
I always aim to provide a safe, confidential environment for clients to feel comfortable to express and explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that feels right for them without the worry of how others may think, feel or may react.

Creative Expression, Play Therapy and Sand Play techniques allow for exploration of sensitive experiences/issues without necessarily having to find the words to describe them.

The Rewind Technique offers closure of flashbacks, reliving, nightmares and other negative symptoms associated with traumatic experiences without having to disclose the details.

I am passionate about supporting children, young people and adults. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see my clients leave therapy feeling more content and confident and able to enjoy more fulfilling relationships with others.

I usually try to work in schools and nurseries for children (see website for the list of areas) where possible to limit the disruption to daily routines, where school visits are not possible, another private space may be used. For young people and adults, a private venue is provided.

The ages I work with is 3 - Adult

The outcomes seen in my clients may be general for example, learning to manage anxiety and panic attacks, and raised self-esteem and resilience, or more specific such as a change in behaviour, alleviating fears and phobias, and the effects of traumatic experiences and improved relationships with family, friends and others. Clients may find it easier to concentrate, take in information and participate more fully in activities in and out of school/work.

All my clients are valued and accepted which allows them to feel comfortable to explore themselves, take risks and learn new skills, they often get a sense of self and begin to know their own mind within the therapeutic relationship. Health and sleep improvements often also occur as a result of the growth in therapy.

Background & Qualifications

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Hypnotherapy and a Certificate in Children's Counselling.

My continued professional development includes training in creative techniques which are helpful with clients who find it difficult to express themselves and find the words to describe their experiences and feelings, this includes working with anger, anxiety and non-verbal clients.

I have a keen interest in attachment issues, adverse childhood experiences, psychological trauma and emotional regulation disorders.

I have trained to use the Rewind Technique for PTSD (which promotes closure of reliving, flashbacks and nightmares without disclosure of difficult and/or sensitive details).

I have over 750 hours of experience working with children one to one as well as many years of adult experience.

Volunteering with Samaritans for the past 4 years has allowed me the privilege to support a very diverse range of people at their most vulnerable times.

My Specialisms

I offer a specialised program for recovery from generalised anxiety and panic attacks which may also help with secondary symptoms such as depression by finding the root cause, usually a past trauma or adverse childhood experience we are able to alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety and panic attacks. For more information please take a look at my website at https://snakesandladderschildrenscounselling.co.uk

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I work in a client led creative way to enable clients to express themselves how they feel comfortable doing and at their own pace.

Creative therapy allows for deeper exploration as it accesses the subconscious part of the brain, it also allows the client to explore issues that may be difficult to find words for or that they may feel uncomfortable talking about directly.

I do not offer advice or guidance as I believe the client is the expert in their own life, I aim to be by their side to help them explore issues, get to know themselves and find their own solutions.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Hypnotherapy In Person Please Call
Counselling In Person Please Call
Counselling Online/Telephone £50 per 60 minutes

Additional Rate Information

£50 per session for Therapeutic Counselling, Creative and Play Therapy in schools and nurseries £55 per session for Therapeutic Counselling, Creative and Therapy in a private venue £300 for The Rewind Technique Package (maximum of 6 sessions) £60 per session thereafter £500 for Anxiety / Panic Attack package (maximum of 8 sessions) £60 per session thereafter