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Karen Lake,


I am a highly experienced DDP informed Arts Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Mental Health Professional who has worked successfully across a variety of fields in social care. I have a specialism in attachment and trauma and have both professional and, as an adoptive mother, lived experience of supporting individuals with complex emotional and behavioural needs.

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My education

My work history

My experience

I have worked with a broad variety of adolescents and adults for a range of reasons and I have developed the following specialisms:

Through my experience I can provide specialist support to children and young people so they can be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

My professional memberships

British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) - AS01001

British Association of Dramatherapists

Needs identification

As a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist I can identify needs and support interventions for the following areas:

There have been times when people have received a diagnosis without support for the future, and here at HSR Psychology we provide diagnostic follow up services to address identified needs, including interventions.




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How can you help parents/carers?

I believe that it is very important for parents/carers to be actively involved in their child’s mental health and emotional well-being as such I am able to offer parents support in understanding why their child may be presenting in the way they are and devise at strategies to help. I am also an adoptive parent and have lived experience of supporting a struggling child, I have understanding of how powerless and concerned a parent can feel when their child is struggling and how important it is to work with professionals who are empathic and understanding of the whole situation.

Why is it important to work closely with the school?

School is a huge part of a child’s life and can have a significant effect, positive and negative, on a child’s well-being and mental health. I believe that every school should be attachment aware and trauma informed and that this can be achieved through close work with attachment and trauma specialists. Schools that I have worked with have been able to successfully work with children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences and to create a culture of support and empathy.

What are you specialisms?

I have worked with children and young people for many years and have a lot of experience and understanding about mental health and emotional well-being. I specialise in attachment, trauma, developmental trauma, PTSD and CPTSD and am qualified in delivering EMDR. I also specialise in using play and drama in therapy.

My specialities

Adolescent mental health






Complex needs and difficulties


Clinical supervision




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