Karen Stowe Individual and Couples Counselling in Oxford

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Integrative Psychotherapy, Couples Counselling, and Energy Psychotherapies in East Oxford


I am a fully qualified, experienced Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist, working in South East Oxford. I work with individuals and couples and offer short or long term counselling and coaching. I am also trained in Energy Psychotherapy methods, which provide a deep and gentle way to access and heal trauma and distress that are held in the body.

I offer a caring and confidential space where you can explore the difficulties you are facing with someone who is trained to listen. I can support you without judging who you are, what you are going through or how you feel.

Fundamental to my approach is the belief that with the right support, we all have the potential to continue to change and grow throughout our lives. And that by understanding ourselves better and taking responsibility for our feelings, we can find greater happiness. Making the decision to come to counselling takes courage but it can also be the first step on a journey of healing, self-discovery and fulfilment.

Professional credentials

I belong to the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have an MA and Advanced Diploma from the Minster Centre, London.

I have completed specialist training in Couples Counselling, in bereavement counselling and in working with young people. I am also an experienced coach for people with work-related issues, and enjoy supporting and mentoring clients to face new challenges and achieve their best.

How can counselling help?

All of us will experience periods of emotional pain, distress or dissatisfaction in our lives – this is part of what it means to be human. Normally we are able to cope with these challenges, drawing on our inner resources, or on the support of family and friends.

But sometimes troubling thoughts and emotions can overwhelm us, affecting our ability to enjoy life, and having a negative impact on our health, wellbeing and relationships. We can feel stuck, lost and alone. When this happens, it is sometimes hard, may even seem impossible, to share how we feel with those closest to us, leading to a deeper sense of isolation and helplessness. If this is your experience, then coming to see a counsellor can help.

Some of the issues that bring people to counselling include:

  • Relationship problems
  • Loss of meaning or direction in life
  • Feeling helpless, angry or frustrated
  • Life changing events eg motherhood, illness, retirement, bereavement
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, OCD
  • Sadness, depression
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
  • Unresolved childhood experiences
  • Trauma - past and present
  • Eating disorders
  • Abuse and bullying, whether emotional, physical or sexual

Or you may simply want to understand yourself better in order to enhance your wellbeing and live your life more fully.

My counselling practice in East Oxford

My counselling and psychotherapy practice is in Chester Street, South East Oxford, just off the Iffley road, and close to the city centre. It is easily accessible on foot, by bus or car and there is free, on street parking.

Getting in touch

If you are considering counselling for the first time you may be unsure of your needs or what to expect. Please feel free to get in touch with me by phone or email to talk in confidence about your situation and discuss the next steps. You can contact me on 07810 750785, or at karenstowe@virginmedia.com, or click on the links on the right-hand side of this page.


My fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.

A 60 minute session is £60. 75 minute sessions are also available at £75, or 90 minutes at £90.

Some concessionary places are available to those on a low wage.

My fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.

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