Karin Davidson

Karin Davidson

Individual & Couple Counsellor / ACT Therapist

Co-Founder & Partner

Reg. Member MBACP

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.45pm - 6.00pm in-person (F2F)

Appointments also available Monday & Thursdays Online (Via Zoom)

Works with:
Individuals – Couples – Trainee/Student Counsellors – EAPs – Insurance Providers

Contact Karin 07455 663949


Individuals £60.00
Couples £75.00

Individuals on low income/students £55.00

You can contact me by email via my contact form or by telephone on 07455 663949

Counselling Qualifications

  • Degree BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling – University of Chichester – 2008
  • Dip Humanistic Counselling – University of Chichester – 2006
  • Cert Counselling Skills  – Chichester College – 2003

Other Counselling Training

  • Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills – Grey Rock
  • Foundations of CBT (CBT with Heart) – Hemmings Field Associates
  • Diploma in (NLP) Neuro Linguistic Programming (INLPTA)
  • Diploma in (NLP) Life coaching (INLPTA)
  • Working with Addiction – Sussex Alcohol & Substance use Service (SASS)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Certificate in Trauma Therapy – Wealden College
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy (attendance only) – Wealden College
  • TA 101 – Introduction to Transactional Analysis – Link Centre
  • OCST4 – Certificate in Online Counselling for Audio & Webcam. Professional Membership with ACTO – Association for Counselling & Therapy Online

 ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) Training

  • ACT – Introductory Cert – Lucy Dorey at Evolve Training & Therapy
  • ACT – Intermediate Cert– Russ Harris
  • ACT – Advanced Cert – Russ Harris
  • ACT – For Brief Intervention –K Stosahl & P Robinson
  • ACT – Self Esteem – J Oliver & R Bennett
  • ACT – Advanced Skills – Steve Hayes
  • ACT – The Matrix – Benjamin Schoendorff
  • ACT – Anxiety & Depression – Russ Harris
  • ACT – Experiential Client Work – Robyn Walser & Matt Villatte (ACBS)
  • ACT – Master Class – Shame & Self Criticism – Jason Luoma & Jenna LeJeune (Contextual Consulting)
  • ACT – Master Class – Robyn Walser
  • ACT – Trauma and Mindfulness – Russ Harris
  • ACT – Working with Grief – Ray Owen
  • ACT – FACT – Focused ACT for brief counselling – Russ Harris
  • ACT – The Therapeutic Relationship – Kelly Wilson

Internal Family Systems Training

IFS Level 1 and IFS Level 2 – IFS Institue UK

RFT – Relational Frame Theory Training

  • RFT – Relational Frame Theory – J Oliver & R Bennett
  • RFT & ACT – Mastering the Clinical Conversation – Matt Villatte

CFT Compassion Focused Therapy Training

  • CFT – Compassion Focused Therapy – Paul Gilbert
  • CFT – Advanced Skills Compassion Focused Therapy – Paul Gilbert
  • CFT – Working Compassionately with Anger – Proff Russell Kolts
  • CFT – Chairwork & Digital Applications Online – Dr Tobyn Bell & Dr Alison Dixon

Couple Counselling

  • Cert Couple Counselling (Basingstoke Counselling Service)
  • Cert Couple and Family Counselling (Wealden Institute)
  • Cert Couple Counselling  (The Link Centre)
  • Introduction to IMAGO Therapy – Kalanit Ben-Ari
  • Introduction to Gottman Principles (Level 1) Ongoing – Dr WIlliam Bumberry
  • IFS Level 2 – Intimacy from the Inside Out – IFS Institute UK
    • ACT with Compassion – Shame & Self Criticism – Jason Luoma & Jenna LaJeune (Contextual Consulting)
    • RFT – Relational Frame Theory – Joe Oliver & Richard Bennett (Contextual Consulting)CFT – Deepening Knowledge & Skills (Intermediate) – Dr Chris Irons
      • RFT – Relational Frame Theory – Joe Oliver & Richard Bennett (Contextual Consulting

About Me

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am an experienced and qualified (BA Hons), Individual and Couple Counsellor and Co-founder and Partner of Portsmouth Therapy Partnership.

As a Counsellor and also as a person on my own personal journey I am aware that we all experience challenges and difficulties in our lives and it is by working through these challenges that we continue to develop and grow.

However, sometimes this can feel too hard or we may feel too stuck in old unworkable patterns of behaviour and thinking to make the changes we need, alone. This is when we may decide to seek out a professional counsellor.  It can be a big deal to come to the realization that something in our lives is not working and that we are ready to seek the support we need in order to move on, however, this is where change begins to happen.

Many people choose to see me to find a way through their distressing work or personal issues, so that they can make new choices, let go of the past – when it is no longer helpful, learn new skills and move forward with their lives.

I provide a confidential space, free from preconceptions and assumptions, allowing you to talk openly about the issues which are causing you difficulty. The warm and professional environment I provide will enable you find new perspectives on how to live your life. My role as a counsellor is to understand, without judgement your map of the world. It is important that you feel comfortable working with me as our therapeutic relationship will be the foundation for your therapy being effective.

I can support you in understanding yourself and your situation better and this will help us to identify the changes you need to make progress with your life. I work within the Humanistic model of counselling, this therapeutic model centres upon valuing and appreciating you as a person with focus upon your personal development.

There are a number of ways that I work within the humanistic model of counselling and they include developing mindfulness skills, defusing from unhelpful thinking patterns and re-connecting to your values and goals, so that you can take action to lead a full and meaningful life.

Often it is our thoughts that get in the way of our lives and when we learn to see our thoughts for what they are, just thoughts; we can become much freer to get on with our lives, rather than being caught up in thinking.

Pain and suffering are inevitable in life and yet we struggle to avoid this inevitability. However, in our counselling sessions you can experience how you can learn how to change the way you relate to your uncomfortable and unpleasant feelings, by making room for them to come and go. In this way you will find the psychological flexibility needed to get on with living the rich and meaningful life that we all seek.

I have much experience of working with clients with many different issues including anxiety, stress, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, anger, low self-esteem and addictions.

There is no “one size fits all” in anything in life and that includes therapy! Therefore, the way we would work together would depend upon you, your personality, you expectations, goals and issues. However, some of the models of therapy I use include:

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and IFS (Internal Family Systems)

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.


If you are unable to see me at Portsmouth Therapy Partnership at Gatcombe House I am a also able to work with you online (via Zoom) on Mondays and Thursdays.

For further information about me and how I work please visit my website

“When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves”

Viktor Frankl

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