What is Psychodynamic Counselling?

Psychodynamic therapy centres on the origins of emotional suffering.  It is a tool to aid self-reflection and self-examination, using the relationship that develops between the client and the therapist as insight into certain patterns of behaviour that become apparent in the client’s life.


Karen Batchelor

Karen is a fully qualified, experienced, psychodynamic counsellor, who adheres to a professional code of ethics and good practice and belongs to The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).


She can offer you one to one, open-ended counselling, always ensuring confidentiality in a safe and comfortable environment.

Book your appointment direct with Karen by calling 07961139680 or email kbcounselling@icloud.com.


Is this for me?

I would like to offer time for you.  A safe space for you to feel that you can share your feelings without judgement. I am here to listen to any worries, concerns, or difficulties you may be experiencing or perhaps you are struggling to cope with a loss, whether it be a bereavement, a relationship, a job or just the feeling that your life is passing you by and it is not working out how you had hoped.


Sometimes we may find it hard to talk to or confide in our loved ones or friends, you may worry about upsetting them and not wanting to burden them with your worries or perhaps you fear being judged or maybe you think that your problems or feelings aren’t as bad as theirs.


Everyone experiences life differently.  Through building a trusted, therapeutic relationship, we can work together to explore, your life experiences, and how they may have affected you.  This can help you to gain self-awareness for why you may react to certain situations the way you do, or why your life may have taken a certain path.


Although, I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor, I do seek to determine an approach to the work that would suit you and your needs.


Areas of counselling considered: –



Abuse   –       Domestic, Emotional, Physical, Sexual







Carer support

Chronic Fatigue syndrome (ME)

Depression  –      Bipolar disorder, Feeling sad, Postnatal depression, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)



Eating disorders



Low self confidence

Low self esteem


Personality disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Pregnancy & birth


Relationship problems




Suicidal thoughts


Work-related stress



What to expect from your first session?

In the first instance, a telephone call would be made to discuss your availability for regular weekly counselling and a brief description of why you are seeking therapy.  You will then be offered an initial appointment.  This will be to, further, discuss what has bought you to counselling and to assess how we may be able to work together to be able to explore what you have been feeling.  Thereafter and all going well, you will be offered a regular therapy session at the same time each week.


How long will each session last?


The initial meeting will be 50 minutes, and all sessions thereafter will be 50 minutes once a week.


Making a Booking:

To book an appointment please contact Karen directly by calling 07961139680 or email kbcounselling@icloud.com.

A Warm safe environment…



Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling- University of Hertfordshire


Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling-  The Counselling Foundation


Advanced Diploma in psychodynamic Counselling- The Counselling Foundation



Completed “Foundation of infant Loss” Training




I am a member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)