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Karen has completed an MA in Practice Based Play Therapy “Beyond Words: An Exploration of Play Therapists’ Personal Experiences of Silence with Clients within the Therapeutic Dyad”.

In 2008, Karen was part of a team of Senior Trainers and Clinical Therapists who delivered Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring courses in Ethiopia to Health Extension Workers and community Volunteers.  This was an innovate research based project designed by Play Therapy International for the needs of severely malnourished children in conjunction with UNICEF Ethiopia (Article)

Karen founded Counselling Solutions to enhance the emotional well-being of adults, children and families by providing qualified support and delivering professional training based on the very latest research.

Karen trained as general nurse and moved into the field of counselling and psychotherapy with an initial two years programme of study in Humanistic Person-centred counselling.  This formed the foundation of an integrative therapeutic model, supported by an MA in Practice Based Play Therapy and further training in the creative arts, trauma and attachment.

In addition, Karen has a Certificate in Education delivering counselling and play therapy training to professionals and front line staff throughout the UK and overseas including; Malta, Morocco, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Hong Kong.


I draw upon a range of therapeutic modalities, interventions and strategies to deliver a tailored and effective service for the individuals and families that I support.

Professional Memberships:  

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

PTUK (Play Therapy International)

EMDR Association UK and Ireland (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)

Theraplay Institute 

DDP Network (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) 

AST (Association Sandplay Therapy) 


Karen has an interest in creative writing and has contributed to the following

March 2011: Book Review: “Creative Supervision” by Mooli Lahad (pdf)

December 2018: Contributor: “Messy Play in the Early Years” by Sue Gascoyne

February 2019: Chapter written for: “Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety. Clay Therapy with Families and Groups” by Dr Lynne Souter-Anderson

Currently, Karen is writing a chapter for Dr Joyce Mills next book about Storyplay®.

April 2018: Speaker at Mental Health Conference, Cambridge; Attachment & Separation/Anxiety 

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