Welcome to Karuna Talking Therapy

Counselling Services for Individuals

Chester, Chester, Nationwide, UK

About Me

Hello, I am Helen, a warm empathic qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the BACP ~ I offer my therapy online, by telephone and in person to adults of all ages. I also offer walk and talk therapy sessions locally.

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a teacher, supporting students both in the classroom and pastorally. That, and having grown up 6000 miles from my birthplace, my diverse experiences, training, and connections have led me to where I am today. These experiences have reinforced my belief in the uniqueness of every individual, and I firmly believe in each person's ability to find their own path.

I am here to offer you a compassionate and safe environment to explore your concerns, whether you are seeking assistance in achieving a particular goal or navigating through the impact of a significant life event. I am also passionate about creating an understanding space for those who are grieving the loss of their pet animal.

As a registered member of the BACP, I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Professionals 2018 in my practice. I maintain full insurance coverage and engage in regular supervision to ensure the safety and ethicality of my counselling work. I am also a member of the Association of Pet Bereavement Counsellors.

In addition to my private work, I serve as a counsellor at a charitable organisation based in Liverpool. I have specific experience and understanding in supporting clients with bereavement.

"Karuna translates to "compassion" or "empathy". It represents showing kindness, understanding, and empathy towards others who are suffering or in distress"

  • MA - Clinical Counselling - University of Chester - Level 7 (Distinction)
  • BA Honors - University of Plymouth
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

How do I choose the right counsellor?

Starting counselling can feel daunting, especially with so many counsellors out there and different qualifications to consider. Who's the most experienced? Who will help me best? Why choose me?

Research shows that the healing power of therapy lies in the therapeutic relationship itself. I am a warm, professional, genuine, and down-to-earth counsellor who loves what I do. Our sessions will help you explore, reflect, and see things differently. You'll be able to consider new ideas and approaches in a safe environment with someone who listens and believes in your ability to become the person you want to be. The answers you're looking for are within your reach, and having a space to explore and consider can lead to different outcomes. Everyone needs help from time to time. You're not alone, and you don't have to face life's challenges on your own.

You are not alone.You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.”

— Shonda Rhimes

Individual Counselling

Counselling and supporting adults with: Anxiety, sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, health issues, relationship problems, self confidence, sadness, life transitions and crisis, bereavement, retirement changes, menopause, work-life balance, personal development and more.

Pet Bereavement Counselling

Specific support offered to those grieving the loss of a pet and struggling to deal with the loss of a pet. Counselling to help 'how to get over the grief of losing a pet, understanding why does losing a pet hurt so much?

What can counselling help you with?

  • You may be experiencing a bereavement, relationship issues, stress at work, or a life transition and you have noticed how it is impacting your day-to day life and those around you.
  • You could be feeling alone, lost, and struggling to navigate all the emotions you may be feeling. You may know your problems but not sure how to tackle them. You may feel stuck.
  • You may have lost your pet and you are finding it difficult to process, you feel alone, lost and struggling to work through your grief.
  • You are feeling as if you have lost yourself, and you are trying to find the person you want to be again.
  • You often feel overwhelmed. You want to unlock your potential but just don’t know what the first step is.
  • You feel may feel anxious, stressed, and often unhappy.

Ask yourself:

“Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?”               

Carl Rogers - On Becoming a Person, Constable, 1961: 23–119

Together, we can explore the root causes of your feelings, find solutions, and navigate life's ups and downs. Whatever you're facing, know that you're not alone—I'm here to provide a safe and supportive space for your healing and growth.

I can support the following and more:

Anxiety | Depression | Stress | Trauma | Overworking and Burn Out | Relationship issues | Emotional, Physical Abuse; Bereavement | Self Esteem | Identity | Menopause | Retirement challenges | Life Transitions

Get in touch

If you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment please do get in touch. We can discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

Location and Services

I offer my counselling services throughout the UK online or by phone. As a certified online and telephone-trained counsellor, you can trust that your sessions will be conducted securely and ethically. Furthermore, I am a member of the Association of Counselling Therapy Online (ACTO), which means I adhere to their code of ethics and professional standards.

For those local to Chester, Cheshire and surrounding areas, I can arrange for in person face to face session in a confidential and welcoming room. 

I now also offer walk and talk therapy sessions at locations within the Cheshire countryside, close to Chester. Please enquire for further details.

My free 20-minute introductory meeting, offers you a chance to meet me, ask any questions you may have, understand how we will work together, and see if I am the right counsellor for you. Please use the contact form or email me directly to arrange.

Fees and Availability

All sessions are for individuals and take place online or by telephone, or if local to Chester we can arrange for face to face sessions - subject to availability. Sessions are 50 min in duration.

1 x 50 min therapy session - £50

No upfront fees (pay per session)

Open-ended work

Dedicated place for as long as you wish

Fees are payable by bank transfer no later than 24 hours before the session. Payment secures the session.


Privacy is important to me. What we talk about during our sessions stays completely confidential and won't be shared with anyone else. I'll explain any rare instances where this might not be the case during our first meeting, so you understand the boundaries clearly. I attend regular professional supervision, but any cases we discuss are kept anonymous. I'm registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office, fully compliant with GDPR regulations, and have an enhanced DBS check.

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