Karen Welch Counselling


Welcome to

Karen Welch Counselling


Helping you to talk about what matters

Working online in Colchester and across the UK

About Me and My Approach

I am a BACP Accredited Therapist which means my Practice has met the BACP higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. I am also a Level 2 Professional Member of ACTO. I have extensive experience working in both long and short-term work with a diverse range of adult clients aged 18 to 80 years plus, who present with a wide range of issues and have different therapy needs. My core approach to therapy is person-centred, however where appropriate I integrate other techniques into the work, which puts you the client at the heart of the therapeutic process. Within this safe space we can together explore any issues or concerns whether past or present that may be impacting your everyday life. Having the opportunity to talk and work through the difficulties and concerns you are experiencing can often help to understand and make sense of the current situation and provide potential opportunities for change and to move forward in life.


Counselling/Therapy takes place online in a safe space, where you can meet with me where I will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the online therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.


Trouble with a relationship or family issues; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression; loneliness or low self esteem - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling/Therapy gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them. Whatever your reason for seeking out therapy, if it's causing you distress then it matters.


Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling/therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07889 374881 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

Individual Online Therapy

This involves working with adults on a one-to-one basis remotely via Zoom (a secure and encrypted video conferencing platform) or via the telephone.

There are many benefits to online counselling as it allows you to access counselling/therapy at a time and a place that is convenient for you. You will need to find a quiet and confidential space where you will not be disturbed or overheard. Remote sessions can often be less disruptive to a busy life and/or work schedule. It could be that you are a shift worker, work away from home or have family commitments, or you may have mobility issues or experience social anxiety or you may just prefer seeing a counsellor/therapist online.

Sessions and Prices

When you first make contact with me, I aim to reply within 24 hours where I will then offer you a free 20-minute telephone consultation at a mutually convenient time to explain how I work and to give you further information on the process of therapy and to see how best I can help. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions that you might have relating to therapy in general. I am open to answering questions so please try not to feel worried about raising any questions that you might have. It is important that you find a counsellor / therapist that best suits your needs and one whom you feel comfortable with.

Thereafter Individual Online Counselling/Therapy Sessions via Zoom or the Telephone are £50 per session (50 mins)

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and away forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.

Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option.

How long will I need to have counselling?

How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a short term approach of 6 to 8 sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

After the initial telephone consultation my aim is to offer a first appointment – known as an initial assessment – within a week or so. Sessions are usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis, depending on your therapy needs which we will have discussed in the initial telephone consultation. Sessions usually take place on the same day and time each week or fortnight, however in certain circumstances sessions can be tailored to meet your individual needs, for example if you work shifts.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Everything that is said within the online counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly or fortnightly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.

Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and usually only happens after the person concerned has been informed. Further information can be found in my GDPR and Privacy Policy which you will be given a copy of and you also can ask me any further questions if you are still unsure.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected those issues makes this opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.

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