Hello, my name is Karen and I warmly welcome you to my practice which is called Elephas Counselling, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire!  

Elephas is the latin for Elephant which is thought of as a trustworthy, gentle and kind animal but also strong.  Your counselling journey with Elephas will be taken at your pace, while I provide a strong, supportive presence for you to explore your loss, grief, relationships, change, confusion, fear or sadness.

I work in a person-centred way, accepting and valuing you, seeing your world as you experience it. I will be honest and transparent about how I experience you and will help you explore whatever issues you bring to our session, promoting greater self awareness, helping you reach your potential, or supporting and normalising your grief and loss.  For more information on person-centred counselling click here.

I have experience working with bereavement, cancer diagnosis, anxiety, depression, life changes and suicidal thoughts and have a particular interest in counselling those on the autistic spectrum.

I, like many counsellors have moved over to telephone and online counselling work due to contact restrictions and have embraced and will continue with this way of working.  However I have also created a space to see clients face to face (socially distanced and with risk mitigation in place) and am taking bookings for this now.

Taking the first step of asking for help from a counsellor can be daunting, but please be assured that I will make that easier for you by answering any questions you may have over email, text, or the telephone.  Click here to get in touch!

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Telephone Counselling

Telephone counselling has been around for many years.  I enjoy working in this way with clients and I have a lot of recent telephone counselling experience.  Find out more here 

On a Video Call

Online Counselling

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In Person Counselling

Counselling via online video link is a safe way for us to work together and might suit those who prefer a face to face interaction but are unable to leave home.  Find out more here.

Counselling in person is now available in my safe and hygienic space based in Copnor, Portsmouth.  Find out more here.    

"I lost my Dad when I was 22 and found this incredibly hard to accept and process.  When I first started speaking to Karen I felt like my world was destroyed and there was nothing I could do about it.  Karen was there to help me work through my grief.  I went through highs and lows and Karen helped me express how I was feeling but in a much healthier way.  She stood by me until I felt strong enough to let go.  Without Karen giving me the support I needed, I wouldn't be the person I am today.  I can again look forward knowing that just because I am living my life, I'm not leaving my Dad behind.  I'll forever be grateful for everything Karen has done for me."

January 2021