Counselling and therapy are not a sign of weakness.
It’s not always easy but can be life changing.
1. About me and what I do
I am Karin Sieger a BACP accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist based in Richmond, West London, UK. I hold an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, trained and previously worked in the NHS. I was born in Germany and have been living, studying and working in the UK since the mid 80s. Prior to retraining as a therapist, I spent some 25 years in consumer and media research (including BBC World Service, De Beers and AOL). You can find more information about me here.
I offer short and medium term counselling or therapy in person and online for adults (aged 18+, not couples).
I specialise in support for loss, grief, life transitions (crisis of purpose, mid life, career change etc), personal development, counselling for cancer (for which I have been treated myself) and other life-changing illnesses. I also offer therapy in German.
For those who are looking for someone to help sense check an important decision that needs to be taken, I offer extended (2 hours) one off consultations in person or online. Please read to detailed section about one off appointments, to understand what is and what is not covered.
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2. Therapy is about …
… telling your story to someone who is independent and listens without judgment, in a calm and confidential setting. It can lighten our burden, help us understand our life and get it back on track with a renewed sense of energy, direction and motivation.
I am passionate about the healing and life-changing power of counselling and therapy, which I have experienced first-hand and in my work with my clients.
The over-arching aim of my work is to help people make peace with what has happened, with themselves and develop a refreshed sense of purpose, hope, determination and motivation.
Whoever you are, whatever has happened, making peace is possible.
3. For therapy to work …
… you need to find the right therapist for you. You have to feel comfortable with the chemistry and need to know what to expect.
4. Contacting me: What to expect and how does it work?
I offer weekday daytime appointments to new clients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I also operate a waiting list, in case appointment times you are interested in are currently not available.
4.2. The first session
The first meeting gives you an opportunity to tell me, why you are considering therapy at this stage in your life, and to ask me any relevant questions. Based on that we can work out whether I am the right support and whether you would like to work with me.
4.3. Fee & Payment
My session fee (including first session) is £75 and payable online ahead of each session. I provide a written receipt upon request.
4.4. How many sessions?
The length of our work would depend on your goal for therapy. This would be discussed at our first meeting and reviewed as appropriate. Please note that I no longer offer long-term therapeutic support, which may last several years. I now offer short and medium term work ranging from 5 sessions to 6 months. I would let you know, should I think that longer-term support elsewhere may be more appropriate for your needs.
4.5. The session length
The standard length is 50 minutes. First sessions can run a bit longer.
4.6. The session frequency
We would meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time. Because a lack of regularity and continuity undermines the effectiveness of therapy. I am aware that due to other commitments, that may not always be possible and always try to be flexible with alternative slots. I only offer less frequent (eg fornightly) slots to clients who are preparing to end therapy. For clients who undergo cancer or other medical treatment separate arrangements will be agreed as appropriate.
For therapy cancellations with at least 48 hours notice (2 working days) no fee applies. I offer such cancellations 4 times in a 12 month period. After that a fee of £15 per missed session to cover the room rental will apply. For all cancellations with less than 48 hours (2 working days) notice the full fee applies. However, within reason, I would always aim to offer you a suitable replacement slot, if available.
For clients undergoing cancer or other medical treatment we would agree a suitable arrangement for cancellations due to feeling unwell.
My therapy premises are based in central Richmond at Parkshot House (Regus), 5 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PR opposite Richmond Station with Starbucks next door, on the right-hand-side (Google Map here) . The main entrance of the building is a revolving glass door which leads into the main foyer, with a comfortable waiting area. The building also offers disabled access. My practice is on the ground floor, in a confidential and quiet setting, with a welcoming, warm and informal atmosphere.
4.9. Getting there.
Richmond is easily accessible via the underground (District line), Overground Service from East or West London, 20 minutes by British Rail from Waterloo, or by bus from South West and West London, Hounslow or Surrey. A public car park is situated at the back of the station, and a large public NCP car park is located next to the station.
4.10. Terms and conditions
4.11. Getting in touch
Feel free to get in touch in confidence. Please briefly specify whether you are interested in personal or online therapy and for what issue. Contact me here.
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5. A brief overview of what integrative therapy means and how I practice.
I am what is called an integrative therapist. That means I have been trained in several approaches, which I ‘integrate’ and rely on depending on what is most helpful to my clients at any given time. I combine four main approaches:
I. The Humanistic approach, which encourages us to think about our feelings and to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving our potential.
II. The Person-Centered Therapy is intended to help for us to become able to see ourselves as a person with power and freedom to change. Crucial to this are a range of conditions, which the practitioner brings to the work; core are accurate empathy, genuineness or congruence, warmth and unconditional positive regard for the client.
III. The Psychodynamic Therapy approach is derived from Freudian psychoanalysis, but it is not analysis. It acknowledges the importance of the unconscious and past experiences (eg with our parents or other significant people in our lives) in shaping our current behaviour. Here, insight is the tool by which what is unconscious is brought to consciousness, freeing us to make new choices.
IV. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the link between our thinking and behaviour patterns, and how changes in our thinking can bring about changes in how we behave, and thus enhance our well being. Negative thoughts and ‘self-talk’ are challenged using various techniques and the introduction of different ways of thinking. CBT is applied mostly to short-term solution-focussed counselling.
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Need some advice? Submit your question to my #DearKarin advice column here. Karin Sieger BA (Hons), MA (PsychCouns), Reg. MBACP (Accred) is a therapist and writer. All rights reserved © Karin Sieger. Neither articles nor videos substitute medical advice or therapy.