Welcome

What’s in a name?  Karamatura Counselling is named after a favourite haunt of mine when I was living in New Zealand.  The Karamatura Loop Walk is located in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, and was about 45mins drive from where we lived.  I would often arrive feeling stressed and exhausted. Heading out on the loop walk gave me the opportunity to step away from the challenges and responsibilities of life for a time, and I would gradually begin to unwind. As I continued on my journey, I would discover that I could just be me: free to listen and explore and wonder, allowing the time and place to refresh and restore.  As the trail brought me back to where I started, I would find that I was a little bit calmer, and maybe even a little bit changed.

As M. Scott Peck says, “Life is difficult”.  We all have periods in our lives when our circumstances leave us feeling overwhelmed, stuck, sad, confused, or depressed. Other times we may not even know why we feel the way we do.  

At Karamatura Counselling, I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can step away from the stresses and strains of life, a space where you can just be you.  And I offer to journey with you for a time, to really listen to you and be with you as you explore whatever the challenges that have brought you to counselling.  

The journey won’t always be an easy one – sometimes the going will be hard, but my hope is that as we travel together, you will find you are free to be you – free to explore, to find new pathways, see life through a new perspective,  and occasionally even to wonder. And that when you leave, you do so feeling a little bit calmer, a little bit changed and better equipped as you enter the next phase of your journey.

About me

My name is Carolyn McEwan, and I am a qualified counsellor based in the Central Belt of Scotland, working with individuals aged 16+. I offer face-to-face counselling, online counselling, and telephone counselling. I also offer walk and talk counselling, for those who find it easier to talk while outdoors.

I can help with issues including anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, loss, trauma, difficulties in relationships (whether this be with your partner, your friends, your parents or your kids), and perinatal mental health.

Using a person-centred approach during my sessions, I value each person as a unique individual, and so will work together with them in the way that best suits them, drawing on different styles of counselling. 

I am a registered member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), and adhere to their ethical framework and complaints policy. I have regular supervision and I remain fully committed to my ongoing continued professional development. All data is processed according to GDPR and you can read my privacy notice. I also hold full public liability insurance.

  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
  • Member of Creative Counsellors
  • PhD Cellular Engineering

How counselling works

How long? Each session lasts 50 mins.

How often? In the beginning, as we get to know each other, a weekly session is usually ideal; in time, fortnightly or even monthly sessions are also possible.

How many sessions? Counselling is a process and is dependent on what’s brought you to counselling. However, many people find 6-12 sessions is enough to make a difference. Very occasionally, when there’s a big decision to make, a single session can be enough.

Practicalities

Sessions can be face-to-face, online, via telephone, or outdoors.

Face-to-face sessions are held in the comfort and privacy of my garden room – a fully insulated, welcoming space in Brightons, Falkirk, a 10-minute walk from Polmont train station.

Online and telephone counselling sessions are held in your own home, or whatever private space you choose to be in.  Online sessions are held via Zoom.  

Outdoor “walk and talk” sessions are at a local park.  Both walking and being in nature have well-known therapeutic benefits, and many people find it easier to talk when they are out doing something. So I offer the opportunity to literally walk alongside you, as you talk things through.  You set the pace, and you choose when to walk and when to rest.   

I offer a free 30 minute introductory appointment. My fee is £50 per 50min session, normally payable by bank transfer.  I am sometimes able to offer a concessionary rate, and alternate payment methods – please discuss this with me should this be relevant.

Get in Touch

 

To find out more, send me an email: carolyn@karamaturacounselling.co.uk
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