My Training
BSc Therapeutic Counselling

Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds-2011

Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling

Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds-2010

Level 3 in Counselling Studies

Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds-2008

Level 2 in Counselling Skills

Thomas Danby College, Leeds-2006


My main approach is Person Centred but I also integrate other theories into my work including Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal.

Karen Hoffman
    MBACP BSc Dip.Coun

I am a fully qualified Person-Centred counsellor and have a wealth of life experience to add to my portfolio. My journey into counselling began when I worked for a large charity as an Information Officer, helping individuals with practical issues to enhance their lives. I found many were also experiencing emotional problems and I was able to connect with them and support them emotionally. I then decided I wanted to become a counsellor and began my training.


Before working as an Independent Counsellor, I worked as an Associate Counsellor at a University in Leeds. In my final year I became a Mature Practitioner working with clients on a short term and long term basis. I have worked with clients from many diverse backgrounds and cultures.


As part of my ongoing personal and professional development, I regularly attend  training and workshops.

I attend supervision every month, this is to ensure that I am working safely and ethically, as set by the BACP Ethical Framework. This is available on

Outside of counselling, I also work as a Mentor and Co-facilitator educating Medical Students.