Hi I am Karen Blakey, a newly qualified counsellor covering many areas including stress, anxiety and depression.

Counselling helped me get through a difficult part of my life, it also gave me an understanding of myself and self-help skills, which have become part of my everyday living. As a result I developed a desire to help others who are experiencing difficulties in their life.

I am passionate about people and the well-being for others. Training as a counsellor was my natural progression from working in educational settings over many years, supporting students of all ages to overcome their difficulties.

Offering therapy suited to your individual needs and circumstances, my aim would be to help you gain an understanding of your issues and change any negative thought patterns and assist you in acquiring self-help skills to aid your healing process and work towards your goals.

I can offer you a safe confidential space where you can talk openly. A place where you will not be judged or criticised, but are listened to with empathic understanding, as you express your feelings, work through your problems and towards a more harmonious life. I use an integrative approach and work at your own pace.

N.B. I have had both of my Covid vaccinations.
 Criteria for this service
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Cancer and other health related issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Abuse – including Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Drug and Alcohol
  • Suicidal thought
  • Morality
  • Homosexuality


International Society of Professional Counsellors
Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)



Advanced Diploma (Dist) in Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 5)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 4)
Certificate in Counselling Theory (Level 3)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 2)


I work with adults on a one-to-one basis.

At Grey Matters Centre we do not work with anyone who have previous convictions of sexual offences and/or are currently the focus of an on going police investigation or criminal justice proceedings.

We strictly do not work with any court cases.


Introductory fee £35 per hour session


  • Monday 09:00am – 18:00pm
  • Tuesday 09:00am – 18:00pm
  • Wednesday 09:00am – 18:00pm

Most evenings