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Karen Curran

Karen Curran - The Heart of Us
Springwood BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW, Australia
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About me

Karen is a counsellor based in the Blue Mountains NSW, (and a Member of ACA Australian Counselling Association), who helps women, children and adolescents change the effects of trauma, anxiety and the “stories” they tell themselves.

Utilising a range of therapeutic tools, Karen uses expressive therapies for healing people with relationship issues, depression, unhappiness, stress, trauma and past issues.

By working with the client’s inner world and tapping into the things they have hidden ... from themselves, she creates a safe space for them to deal with whatever comes up for them in the moment.

When the client is ready to change the unhelpful thought processes, other tools and processes are integrated, as needed or appropriate, such as Mindfulness, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy).

Trauma affects the way people think because they live in a constant state of fear.
Karen focuses on deep inner healing to change the effects of this trauma, making the power of it dissipate and guiding people to self-empowerment.

Karen believes her clients have the desire and capacity to grow towards fulfilling their true potential – and that they are the experts on their own lives.

She works with people to fully understand themselves, to find their own inner resources, trust and self- awareness.

In her earlier career Karen was an artist, illustrator and designer. Her creative talents course through her work as she regularly uses Sandplay, Art Therapy, singing bowl, drums and poetry as part of her process.

Karen was subject to sexual abuse as a young child and disassociated with the trauma for decades before seeking answers and healing from its physical and emotional effects. Now she is exceptionally passionate about helping others recover from their own trauma.

Her hope is that her clients make constructive changes, leading to a more satisfying and meaningful life to become the best version of themselves.

Karen says she is rewarded when she sees the light in a client’s eyes that something has connected - that they don’t have to be afraid any longer and realise there is hope.
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Membership of professional associations

  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists
  • Holistic Therapies Australia Inc
  • ACA - Australian Counselling Association

Education and training

AIPC Dip. Counselling
Dip. Clinical and Educational Art Therapy
Cert. Circalore Shamanism & Transformational Mask
Cert. Sandplay Practitioner
Grief and Loss Counselling - Advanced Study Major

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check


Karen Curran’s studio location

Springwood BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW 2777 Australia

Exact location will be provided after booking

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COVID-19 recommendations Prior to making your in studio booking with your practitioner, please ensure that you discuss their obligations and compliance regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Learn more
Discovery call session

A discovery call will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding about your current challenges, goals and pain points. ... This is a key opportunity for us to start building a relationship and understand how I may be able to assist you.

You can also learn more about my expertise and knowledge, the success I have had in helping others with similar issues, and consider whether my offerings will be able to meet your needs.

Ultimately, a discovery call helps to determine if there is a good fit and we can decide if we would like to take the next steps together.
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This is a one time free session
15 min

Holistic Counselling / Psychotherapy (heart-based going deeper).
Integrating body, mind, spirit (soul).
Trauma, grief, confused emotions, life ... changes ...
We use creative therapies to help transform what is troubling you, working on emotions and feelings. To help you identify and let go of the unhelpful self beliefs that you have taken on.

Studio sessions are experiential using a range of processes including Sandplay and/or Art Therapy as well as other processes as needed, such as Mindfulness, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) or Solution Focused.
Online counselling is also available for all processes with the exception of Sandplay.

Counselling must be a 'good fit', and for this reason Karen's clients are mainly women, children, adolescents.
Expressive therapies in counselling are very helpful for changing the effects of those who have suffered grief of all kinds, trauma of all kinds including sexual abuse, loss (including loss of dreams or hope, beloveds and more).

Working with the soul, this is also helpful to women exploring their 'loss of identity' as a person, and regaining a sense of self. Expressive therapies help us with a soul journey.

Initial Packages of 4 sessions are also available to support peace of mind and commitment.
For studio work, extended sessions are preferable. Depending on a child's age, sessions are between 30 and 55 mins max.
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1 hr
160 AUD
1 hr 15 min
185 AUD
1 hr 30 min
240 AUD
In studio