Karen Bland | Accredited Counsellor | Potters Bar | NCPS

Karen Bland

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS13-00064

Location: Potters Bar

Mates in Mind

I offer client-led therapy incorporating psycho-education and creative/play techniques including sand tray and clay work expressive art, movement, role-play games, and The MAP Method working with the unconscious mind to treat and neutralise the impacts of trauma and anxiety, fears, phobias and anything getting in the way of living a content and calm life

I work with Adults, Children and Young People aged 7 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. The MAP method is gentle and safe. discreet and has long-lasting results.

I have 7 years of experience in private practice and 5 years working therapeutically in schools with children and young people.

Creative Techniques

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, and relief from symptoms is 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.

The MAP Method
A method based on neuroscience that literally teaches your brain to rewire itself from negative emotions, beliefs, and behaviors toward neutral or positive ones. It can be carried out on zoom or in person and is the biggest breakthrough since NLP, Tapping & Hypnosis

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
    Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
    Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
    Certificate in practising The Rewind Technique
    Certified MAP Coaching Institute Practitioner

    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.
    7 years of private practice working with children, young people & adults

    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
    Creative Therapy
    Domestic Violence
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Children / teenagers
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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