Mrs Karen Bland
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS13-00064
Location: Potters Bar
I offer client-led Therapeutic Counselling incorporating psycho-education and creative/play techniques including sand tray and clay work expressive art, movement, role-play, games and guided visualisation/relaxation.
I work with Adults, Children and Young People aged 3 up.
Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the client allowing them to work through issues in a way that is suited to them.
I have 7 years of experience in private practice and 5 years working therapeutically in schools with children and young people.
By reaching beyond the conscious level of imagination clients can replay their emotional experiences and begin to build resilience to life's challenges.
Play is a child's natural way to communicate and process their world and they can explore and express their thoughts, feelings and experiences without the need to find the words to describe them.
If as a child a client has missed stages of development through illness, adverse experiences, anxiety, stress, lack of self-esteem or bullying, for example, they can revisit and rebuild those gaps through creative expressions and play.
Often clients find they can take control, make decisions and develop strategies to cope with difficulties in the future within the therapeutic space, they may begin to recognise their own strengths, build self-esteem and find a sense of self.
Creative therapy equally benefits adults and young people as it allows for deeper exploration of issues by reaching the unconscious mind.
The Rewind Technique
The Rewind Technique specifically designed to alleviate problematic symptoms of trauma and PTSD is also available as a standalone treatment or as part of a course of therapy.
The benefit of the Rewind is that the client doesn't have to disclose sensitive details of the traumatic event/s to the therapist and it reduces the risk of re-traumatising the person. It is suitable for ages 5 up as long as the details of the event can be recalled by the client, relief from symptoms are usually felt in between 1-6 sessions.
Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder Recovery
I offer a Generalised Anxiety and Panic disorder recovery program which includes education regarding the mind/body/environment connection, helping you find the root cause and guide you to heal and recover from the problematic symptoms. This is usually carried out in weekly sessions for 8-12 weeks.
- Qualifications & ExperienceDiploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
Certificate in practising The Rewind Technique
I have 6 years of experience as a listening volunteer for Samaritans.
I worked as a secondary school children's counsellor with Place2Be.
I have 3 years of experience working in the classroom as an LSA with SEN children.
My Continued professional development includes:
Psychological trauma and PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder with CBT
Dialectical behaviour therapy
Non-verbal therapy for the talking therapist
Hidden harm (recognising the effects of drug/alcohol use in families)
Childhood adversity and trauma
Using stones in the therapy room
Using children's books in the therapy room
Working with secondary aged children in the therapy room
Working with children with SEND
Working with anger
Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder Recovery,
Adverse Childhood Experiences,
Working with clay and mandalas creatively in therapy
Working with selective mutism
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Bereavement / Loss
- Children / teenagers
- Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
- Cultural issues
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Financial difficulties
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Young people and children
- Languages Spoken