I am Karen Blakey, 

I am an experienced, qualified counsellor. If you are suffering with mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, loss or bereavement, I can help. you.

The natural progress of life can both be physically and emotionally demanding. Our experiences, pressures and expectations of the fast paced, complicated and materialistic world we live in often leads us to suffer mentally and in the need of a little help. We can lose our way and need to re-discover who we are and what we want from life. If this sounds like you, I can offer you therapy suited to your individual needs.

Through discussion, I would help you gain an understanding of yourself, your situation and what is important to you, change negative thought patterns and assist you in acquiring self-help skills to aid your healing process and use beyond therapy to live your life more harmoniously.

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

I am passionate about people and the well-being for others, Counselling helped me get through a difficult part of my life and gave me an understanding of myself and the self-help skills I needed.

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. As a result I have developed a desire to help others who are experiences in their life.


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 – Full Member
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 face-to-face basis only

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.


£35 per hour 

All sessions are on a face-to-face basis only


  • Monday 09:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 09:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 09:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday 09:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday 09:00am – 6:00pm

           Most evenings

*I offer sessions on a face-to-face basis only