Welcome to my website!
I am Karin Sieger, a London (UK) based BACP accredited and registered psychotherapist, writer, podcaster and the cancer counselling expert with the cancer online community of LiveBetterWith.com. I offer support locally or globally – in person and online.
My guiding belief is:
Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever has happened, living in peace is possible.
I specialise in life changes and transitions many of us may struggle with:
- lack of motivation and hope
- health (esp cancer)
- existential questions and sense of purpose
- dying and death
My approach is non-preaching, jargon-free, intuitive, empathic and I also like to call a spade a spade. I listen, but also offer views and experiences where relevant and helpful.
Below is some information about me, which you might find of interest and of use.
1. Stages of my journey
My childhood was spent in a rural part of West Germany, which I left in 1984, aged 19, to settle in the UK. Those were the days when we did not talk of gap years, travelled without mobile phones and did not have internet access.
I worked for a few years and then parallel to my full time university studies. After obtaining a BA (Hons) in Politics and History from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1986, I spent some 25 years in national and international consumer and media research (including BBC World Service and AOL UK). I have worked in a range of organisational structures and cultures in Europe, Africa and Asia.
In my early 40s I found myself at a crossroads, a real crisis of purpose, when I decided to take voluntary redundancy. Having run a busy consumer research department with 20-30 staff I made significant life changes.
In 2006 I started training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, while working as a case worker at a Women’s Refuge. My clinical training was done in the NHS primary care and charitable sector.
The new direction I had opted for came with a new economic reality. I embraced financial vulnerability as an opportunity for more lifestyle changes and moved onto a quirky and neglected boat. With lots of TLC, DIY and some professional help this has now been my home for many years.
After obtaining my post graduate qualification (MA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy) as well as BACP Accreditation and Registration, I continued working in the NHS.
The next transformative event in my life happened in my late 40s when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the same time my trusted therapist was also diagnosed with cancer and died a few months later.
As a result, my view on life and death has evolved, which is reflected in the choices I make for my own life, my therapeutic work and my writing.
Following my treatment for cancer I decided to set up my private therapy practice in Richmond, West London. Soon after that my writing started to flourish and I also started recording motivational videos on YouTube and offering workshops.
Following a local recurrence of my cancer in 2018, I continue to focus on assisting others (and myself) to grow and evolve. I have two podcasts “Soul Cravings” and “Cancer and You”. Find out more HERE.
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My writing is regularly republished by various online magazines including
2. Qualifications & Accreditation
- MA, Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Roehampton University
- BA (Hons), Politics and History, SOAS, University of London
- Accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
- A member of the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
- In accordance with requirements of my accreditation I attend regular supervision.
- I work in adherence to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
You migth also like to know about the ethics and beliefs which underpin my work and the approach I take in my therapeutic work, which is all explained in
To get in touch you can contact me here.
- Angry with your therapist? Why it might be helpful.
- How to turn feeling hopeless into hope
- How to keep going when someone else dies of cancer
- Regrets can shape us or break us. How to make peace with regrets.
- Language in counselling or therapy – 7 points to consider if you are bi- or multi-lingual.
- Feeling under siege? How to separate reality from fear. And how to cope.
- How to cope with the difficult days.
- When friendships end in doubt and mistrust
- Talking about cancer diagnosis – is it ok with you?
- The moment that taught me not to fear depression