Me

Hello I’m Karen and I look forward to hearing from you. My Counselling service is Online and in Person in Risca, Newport. We can discuss which option you prefer. You may prefer having an assessment in person and then decide to switch to online or vice versa. Both Online and in person are equally effective and work extremely well.

Please note that during Covid I am continuing to only work Online

I offer short-term counselling and longer term therapy and have worked with many people who have never experienced counselling before, as well as students and people who have returned to counselling to work on issues they were not ready for before. My experience and career in therapy began many years ago. I understand and care deeply for people and know how important talking to someone who can listen with an open heart is. I continue to train with the best teachers and have almost completed my first year of a four year Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy programme. I have regular Clinical Supervision which I believe to be absolutely essential to Clinical Practice as well as my own ongoing Psychotherapy because I want to give the absolute best service to my clients so that they can live again or learn how to live a beautiful life.

I have worked with young adults in a low secure forensic unit. With adults and children with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Disabilities for many years in the third sector with the Touch Trust where I ran therapeutic movement sessions and trained teachers and social workers to help their children and their families communicate more effectively, learn to have fun and to relax together. I was the therapeutic coordinator for Wales and responsible for quality assurance and safeguarding.

Having a Masters in Movement Psychotherapy I am naturally drawn to the body and its language and so often in sessions pay attention to ‘where you are breathing in your body’, ‘What your hands are saying’ etc. The body focus works where there is trauma as becoming safely embodied and finding a stable and solid foundation is extremely important. Many people find connecting with how they ‘feel’ very difficult and I understand this so the therapy is focused on talking through their thoughts, behaviours, body sensations. Talking about work, relationships, family, career, dreams etc.

Often people seek Counselling for help with bothersome thoughts, patterns that keep showing in their life whether that be in intimate relationships, work or how they manage day-to-day tasks. Whatever your reasons for seeking help my promise is to offer you my care, confidentiality, warmth and honesty. Many women and Men have experienced really difficult life experiences that they cant put into words. They tell me, “my problems don’t seem valid when there are people dying in the world” , “I just want to know why people don’t treat me well”‘ or “Things just feel off and I am unhappy, can’t put my finger on what’s wrong” etc.

Welcome to my therapy.

 

Member of:

NCS (The National Counselling Society)

ACTO (Association for Counselling & Therapy Online) Level 2. Professional Membership

UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)

ADMPUK (Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists)

 

My Qualifications:

MA Movement Psychotherapy (Canterbury Christchurch University),
Advanced Diploma Counselling Supervision Level 7 (National Counselling Society),
Diploma On-line Counselling Level 5 

Continued Personal Development Qualifications:

The trauma Pathway (TRC)
Internal family systems
Family Constellations (Sarasi Rogers)
Developmental movements
Working with shame (Carolyn Spring)
Psycho-education
Dealing with Distress- working with suicide and self harm
Trauma and the body – Dissociation and Somatisation
Working with trauma that has become stuck
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical practice
Working with Relational trauma
Childhood sexual abuse: working with adult survivors (National counselling Society)
Counselling for rape and sexual abuse (National Counselling society)
Relational depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Mick Cooper)
Stories matter (Person centred arts association)
Working with grief
Transactional Analysis 101
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Somatic experiencing
Narcissistic abuse

Couples certificates

 

Published Articles:

Why do some people break the coronavirus lockdown rules– – South Wales Argus (16/05/2020

Body Talk: Therapist Karen Woodley says there’s much inside to be gleaned from a client’s non-verbal gestures while fully “listening” with your own body too. – Planet Mindful – Issue 7 – 2019

Touch Trust Health and Well Being Through Movement – PMLD-LINK – Summer 2017 (among others)

Books:

The invisible sense of the heart
A self-care book for carers with simple ideas for working with children with additional needs.
2019 – Tango Creations Publishers

An approach to Tango Therapy 
Tango Therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses the Argentinean tango dance and music, integrated with special exercises as an alternative therapy in palliative care.
First Edition 2009 / Second Edition 2010