Individual Therapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counselling”) is a collaborative process through which clients work one-to-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, non-judgemental, boundaried and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviours, work through challenging or influential memories, develop a more positive sense of self and advance self-awareness to gain personal growth in their lives.

People seek individual therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes these are problems that have become hard to manage, while at other times they may simply present as feelings of dissatisfaction or unhappiness with life in general. This may be from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression, anxiety or relational issues to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or for longer or ongoing appointments, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

Some examples of difficulty that Individual Therapists work with are:

Depression.  Anxiety, Panic, Stress or Worry.

Loss & Bereavement.  Life transitions or change.

Issues from the past.  Personal Growth.

Sexuality.  Health Issues.

Traumatic events.  Addictions and Substance Misuse.

Burnout.  Frustration, ‘Stuckness’, Lack of ‘Meaning’.

Abuse.  Workplace Stress.

Relational Issues.  Traumatic events.





Karen Willoughby White

Karen Willoughby White – Dip Couns, Registered Member MBACP (Accredited) is an experienced Integrative Counsellor offering therapy to individuals. Having worked in various settings and with a wide variety of client issues since 2002 Karen is fully registered and Accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

In addition to seeing clients in a private capacity, she has worked in NHS Counselling Delivery, IAPT (Increased Access to Psychological Therapies) as a Senior Practitioner/Deputy Manager. She has substantial experience of working within Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice settings as a Counselling Practitioner/Deputy Counselling Service Manager and lately, within Higher Education, as a Student Counsellor.

‘Integrative’ counselling is a combined approach to therapy that means Karen is able to work across a number of therapy models depending on client preference and need. She is able to see individuals for short, structured pieces of therapy work, or for longer or ongoing sessions.

Karen is an experienced Trainer and Supervisor of other Counsellors having undertaken IAPT Supervisors Training in 2012.

As a Registered Accredited Member of BACP Karen is bound by their Code of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Contact Karen: or mobile: 07969 117548.

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