Karen’s fundamental concern is with deepening and enhancing relationships, as such, the therapeutic relationship is the central element in her work with clients. She offers her capacity to listen deeply and be present with patience and compassion. All aspects of a person’s being: spiritual, emotional, psychological, physical are welcomed and met with acceptance and sensitivity.
Added to what she brings to this work of herself, Karen also aligns herself with more relationally based styles of therapy as outlined below.
In these areas of counselling, Karen incorporates attachment and developmental theories within a psychoanalytic approach. She offers support, education and information in addition to suitable strategies within a safe, empathic and trusting therapeutic relationship and environment. The range of strategies that Karen may offer include mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural and/or nature-based strategies.
With children under 12 years, Karen utilises play and activities to develop the therapeutic connection and to understand the child’s inner world, alongside talking together about their life and the things that trouble them. With children and adolescents, Karen begins by meeting with parents/caregivers to gain a detailed picture of their concerns, obtain a developmental history and understand the family and broader context more intricately. As needed, Karen meets with parents/caregivers and their child or adolescent together.
The main therapeutic approach in individual and couples psychotherapy is psychoanalytic, which involves exploring issues, experiences and relationships more deeply. The aim is to develop greater self-awareness and understanding into ones inner world and relationship patterns. This method incorporates what emerges within the therapeutic relationship, ‘bringing to life’ some of the personal and relational issues.
In addition, practices and/or strategies may be identified to assist the process of self-awareness and to strengthen connections, improve communication and resolve issues.