Therapy takes courage. It is not always easy but can be life changing.
I am Karin Sieger a BACP accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist based in Richmond, West London, UK.
Short term face to face counselling for adults (18+), individuals (and not couples) in my practice in Richmond for help with anxiety, loss, grief, transitions and cancer.
I am in the process of formalising my offering of online counselling for those living further away or abroad (watch this space).
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The over-arching aim of my work is to help people make peace with themselves and others. Specific areas of interest to me are
- The emotional impact of cancer and other life-changing illnesses
- Dying, death, bereavement and loss
- Personal development, growth and transitions
Therapy is about telling our story…
… to someone who cares, is independent and does not judge, in a calm and confidential setting is important. 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 clients.
For therapy to work you need to find the right therapist…
… can take courage; following your intuition is important. You have to feel comfortable with the chemistry and need to know what to expect. Our initial session would help us explore, whether I offer appropriate support and whether you would like to work with me.
My Practice in Richmond
My welcoming and comfortable practice is easily accessible by District Line, British Rail, Overground or bus from London and Surrey.
Located in a neutral office building (Parkshot House) opposite Richmond Station (and next to Starbucks), TW9, next door to Starbucks, the setting is central, anonymous and confidential. My room is on the ground floor, with disabled access and there is waiting area.
You can find more information about fees and other practical issues at Appointments & Fees.
Here is a brief overview of how I practice therapy.
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.
More information about me
To get in touch just drop me a line.
You might also like my short video on why therapy and counselling takes courage and is not a sign of weakness.