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Karen Dempsey
Counsellor in Purley - Registered 4 Years

Registered Counsellor Karen Dempsey
Full address provided upon booking, Colescroft Hill
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  • Individual £50 - 50 minutes
  • Couple £60 - 60 minutes
42% of enquirers became verified clients

Working Hours

  • Mondays1pm - 4:30pm, 6pm - 9pm
  • Tuesdays9am - 12pm
  • Wednesdays10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Thursdays11am - 1pm, 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturdays9am - 1pm

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress


  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy

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4 Years Post-Registration Experience

Hi. I'm Karen Dempsey. I'm a registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I help individuals and couples with their mental wellbeing. I have private sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

What to Expect

A preliminary assessment meeting enables you to discover if you are comfortable with me, discuss what concerns you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and determine if therapy could benefit you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange a preliminary assessment appointment in Purley or Clapham, London.


Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You decide what matter regarding your childhood and/or adulthood you explore. The objective of counselling is to help you to speak about a problem and find a way forward which is appropriate for you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you confront. It explores your ideas, feelings and significant events in your life. Psychotherapy intends to help you develop or find appropriate ways of coping.

Thoughts on Mental Health

A counsellor is a talking therapist. You talk; the counsellor listens. The counsellor does not offer advice or direct you to a particular solution, but instead believes that you have the resources and answers within you. The counselling process helps to draw those out. Counsellors will have had accredited training in counselling, and will be members of a professional body - adhering to its ethics and code of practice. Many counsellors are person-centred, meaning that the focus is on the client rather than the counsellor. The counsellor does not have an agenda or a plan to sort out your life. The counsellor will work with what you bring to each session, gently exploring the issues through reflection and questioning, to help you reach your own understanding. Counselling offers a space of empathy, acceptance and authenticity that allows you to express your fears, hopes and feelings. Speaking to a counsellor can help you explore your feelings, needs and troubles in a space that is confidential, safe and empathic. It can also help clarify your thoughts and help you find a way through your current difficulties. It can help you build self-awareness and self-trust, help you find coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, and can help you identify ways to improve your relationships. It can also bring a stronger sense of who you are in the world.
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Acceptance is beginning to withdraw your emotional investment from the feelings of loss.†It does not mean you're 'over it', but you may feel more able and ready to engage with the world again. Therapy can help you identify ways to create a life of meaning without your loved one. You might feel guilty that you're not keeping your loved one in the front of your mind all the time; this is a normal part of the healing process.†Therapy can help you understand that your loss will always be part of you, but it won't always consume the whole of you.
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Qualifications Timeline

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (UK)

Karen abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) London.

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Kenley, Coulsdon, Coulsdon North, Purley, Whyteleafe, Purley Oaks, Sanderstead, Woodmansterne, Warlingham, Chaldon, Selsdon, Hooley, Fiveways, Caterham, Farleigh, Wallington, Beddington, Croydon, Carshalton, Banstead

Nearest Train Stations

  • Kenley (0.7 miles)
  • Reedham (Surrey) (0.8 miles)
  • Smitham (0.9 miles)
  • Coulsdon South (1 miles)
  • Riddlesdown (1.1 miles)
  • Purley (1.2 miles)
  • Whyteleafe (1.7 miles)
  • Woodmansterne (1.7 miles)
  • Upper Warlingham (1.8 miles)
  • Purley Oaks (2 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

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Updated 20 November 2017