Karen qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1985 after completing her training at St. Edwards Hospital, Cheddleton, Leek. She worked as a Staff Nurse on the Adolescent Unit at St. Edwards Hospital for eight years specialising in adolescent and family psychiatry; during this time Karen’s interest in psychotherapy / psychological therapy developed. In 1991 Karen began a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling at Keele University which she completed in 1993.
Karen moved into the Neuropsychology Specialty in 2002 where she developed her interest in working with people with MS. She set up, developed and runs the present service which works alongside the MS service at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. This service offers individual psychological therapy for people with MS; Karen uses an integrated therapeutic approach which is Person Centred incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (third wave CBT) and psychoeducational elements. Karen developed and facilitates a Psychological Support Group for People with MS which runs twice per year.
Karen has completed the FACETS fatigue management training.
Karen has maintained links with the local MS Society and regularly presents at their “Getting to Grips “days for newly diagnosed patients and Information Days.
Karen is a MBACP Accredited Practitioner (British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy)