I qualified as a Humanistic Counsellor at The University of Chichester in 2020 and soon after set up Elephas Counselling.   I volunteered as a counsellor at The Bereavement Counselling Charity, Hampshire for 18 months and at the University of Portsmouth Student Wellbeing Service as a counsellor for 2 years.  Consequently, I have gained experience working with young adults presenting with a range of issues and with bereaved adults at any age.  

Through personal experience and working with clients, I have a good understanding of the issues faced by those on the Autistic Spectrum.

My professional background is in customer service, sales, account management, human resources and marketing.  I have had a lifelong interest in counselling and am also in the process of completing a degree in psychology.  

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  I have counsellor insurance with Holistic Insurance.  Through my work with the University of Portsmouth I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.

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  • Diploma of Higher Education - Humanistic Counselling, 2020

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate - Counselling Skills 2018

  • BSc Psychology (in progress)

  • First Steps in Counselling Skills 2001


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Karen Charman MBACP,

Dip. Humanistic Counselling

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I am committed to my ongoing continuous professional development

Completed CPD and training:-

  • Working with Climate Change Anxiety, June 2022

  • National Autistic Society Autism & Mental Health Conference, March 2022

  • Losing my baby: losing part of myself, Oct 2021

  • Understanding Autism, Aspergers & ADHD, Sept 2021

  • Creative approaches to therapeutic communication, Sept 2021

  • Working with and supporting Autistic and Neurodiverse Clients, Feb 2021

  • Working with complex grief conference, Feb 2021

  • How to do Counselling Online, 2020

  • The Therapeutic use of Psycho-education and Self-help, 2019

  • Mental Health Awareness, 2019

  • An introduction to Trauma, 2019

  • Counselling for the Bereaved, 2019

  • Attachment Theory, 2019

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid, 2017

  • The Autistic Spectrum, from theory to practise, 2017

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University of Derby Online Learning - Understanding Autism, Asperger's & ADHD Certificate