Karen Pinder - Free Your Mind Counselling

Karen – qualified counsellor, member of the BACP

Hello I would like to introduce myself and give you some background. I  qualified in 1985 as an aestheticienne then in 1986 in aromatherapy. I  had my own practice and believe in the value of the alternative therapy approach. When I had my children, I took a break. This then took me in a new direction, I studied to gain qualifications  in supporting young people through various issues within school and personal life.

I started work in a primary school moving on to a secondary school where I  worked for over 14 years; supporting students to year 11, some of whom had learning difficulties and disabilities. This included helping them over come barriers to learning which often means working closely with them on personal issues which affected their ability to work in school, this has included things such as anger management, self harm, improving self esteem, anxiety, bereavement etc. As a learning mentor I  helped run the online counselling service offered by relate as well as seeing students on a weekly 1-1 basis to discuss their issues and progress. I worked closely with the educational psychologist and ran small groups focusing on feelings and anxiety.

Through helping students with difficult events in their lives I then decided I  wanted to train as a counsellor.  I have since volunteered for a charity that offers counselling to adults often with complex needs, who couldn’t otherwise access counselling due to low income.

The issues have been varied such as addictions, anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse, and bereavement.

I then trained with cruse bereavement and worked with some clients from their waiting list on a voluntary basis. Further training has been with the foundation for Infant Loss.infant loss logo[5009]

I also run my own private practice offering 1-1 counselling, couples counselling, working with young people as well as working with groups that offer support to others. I have developed and run a Loss & Bereavement group in conjunction with Oakwood Surgery Practice.

Her training:

  • Working with Special Needs ie Autism, ADHD, Learning difficulties & emotional issues.
  • Learning mentor
  • Diploma in therapeutic Counselling
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care with Cruse Bereavement
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss
  • Safeguarding
  • Aromatherapy

Karen is also:

  • DBS checked
  • A Member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework, which means she has regular supervision and attends professional development courses.
  • Insured

Has experience of

  • Running social & emotional groups for, self-esteem and general support groups to help overcome fear & anxiety, gain confidence and deal with emotions and other issues.
  • Working along side an educational psychologist to deliver CBT to individuals and groups.
  • Voluntary counselling at a charitable organisation, for over 2 years, working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, childhood issues, abuse relationship problems, bereavement and much more.
  • Voluntary work with Cruse Bereavement
  • Private Practice
  • Practicing Aromatherapy massage and the use of oils

Further Training

  • Laughter therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • FEAR model for anxiety
  • Cruse bereavement
  • GamCare-supporting people with gambling addiction

Julie Deakin BSC Therapeutic Counselling Registered Member BACP
Tel: 07498535974

Hello, I am an experienced person centred counsellor who has supported many people with a wide range of issues through difficult times in their lives. Being able to talk to someone in a completely safe, confidential way allows you to express and experience all of your feelings in a way which cannot always be shared with friends and family.

I am a person who will listen in a genuine, non-judgemental way to your worries, issues, or concerns, whether past, present or future. Working together and building a positive trusting relationship allows for honest, open discussion enabling you to find ways of being able to move forward in your life.

My experience has been supporting young people in education with a wide range of issues; self – harm, family issues, anger management, self –esteem and much more, for over 20 years. My main roll has been learning mentor where I have supported students who are experiencing difficulties within school or their home-life which is affecting their learning. Many issues arise from a family bereavement to a quarrel with a friend I believe it is important for children to have someone who they can talk to. As a learning mentor I  helped set up and run the online counselling service offered by relate as well as seeing students on a weekly 1-1 basis. I have run group sessions on bullying and other issues which have arisen. My other role was safe guarding so I worked closely with various organisation.

I have also worked with adults who have had a variety of issues such as bereavement, relationships, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, loss of any kind, stress, anxiety. I then further trained with Cruse bereavement and saw clients from their waiting list on a voluntary basis. I now run my private practice and work with both adults and children.

Training /Qualifications
* Person Centred Counsellor
* CRUSE bereavement volunteer
* Mental Health First Aid
* Registered member of BACP
* DBS checked



Everyone welcome, groups and 1-1 sessions available.

Locations. LS26 near to Rothwell & Wakefield, close to motorway, on bus routes with free parking and LS7 Scott Hall Road, close to Leeds centre, good bus routes with free parking.