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Welcome to our new Self Help Therapy Room

Our self-help therapy room is available to individuals who are looking for positive emotional wellbeing guidance. Free and paid courses have been designed, specifically focusing on aspects of emotional health, personal development, and anxiety. Our portfolio of courses will expand so please check in again. Click on 'The Self Help Therapy Room' picture to access more information. 

Your health is important to us in these challenging times

2nd December 2020 Update

We have been working hard to maintain hygiene and safety standards for clients in The Coaching Room. However, with the constant change in government regulations, we have decided to service via video link only at this time. Please contact us for more details. 

Keep well, stay safe, and COVID aware. 


As a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and Cognitive Coach & Mentor, my specialist field is working with clients to overcome challenge, break free from negative experiences and cycles, and support life transitions to enable you to move forward with your life confidently.  

I work 1:1 with clients in person at my private coaching room or via video call to help you identify, explore and create opportunity for personal growth and long term, permanent change. 

Our client, practitioner relationship is key is all aspects of your therapy. Whether you are looking to overcome challenge, move forward from a difficult experience or work on personal growth, confidence, relationships, we work collaboratively to achieve your desired outcomes. 

Areas of specialism:

  • Developing confidence, overcoming anxiety, self doubt & self limiting beliefs.
  • Mindset Coaching
  • Self-Esteem
  • Family & Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Challenging negative thinking and breaking free from negative cycles.
  • Managing Emotions
  • Personal Growth, Development & Life Coaching 
  • Overcoming Challenge
  • Repetitive Behaviours
  • Restorative Practice - Family & Relationship Breakdowns
  • Self Awareness & Self Care
  • Solution Focused Outcomes
  • Self & Life Management
  • Parents - Understanding Children, Teens & Young People. 

Whether you are experiencing challenge, feeling lost in life, struggle to manage your emotions or want to take a journey of self discovery, I would like the opportunity to support you overcome, achieve and be content in all areas of your life. 

'Experiencing a client's journey is a privilege. 

Observing your growth is inspiring. 

Celebrating what you achieve thereafter, is why I do what I do.'

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What is Psychological Coaching & Mentoring?

  • Psychological coaching brings together the theories of psychology and the practices of coaching in a practical and effective way to support clients to master their challenges, grow, achieve and thrive in all aspects of their life. 
  • Psychological coaching focuses on the positive aspects of the human psyche and concentrates on your individual strengths and abilities.
  • It guides you to explore new ways of dealing with challenge and life transitions; breaking free from negative cycles, behaviours, thought patterns and see things from different perspectives. 
  • It supports self improvement, growth and the overall quality of your life and emotional wellbeing.
  • Psychological Coaching starts and ends with you.
  • It helps you to be the best version of you and thrive in all aspects of your life.

What is Therapeutic Counselling?

  • Therapeutic Counselling uses communication techniques to help clients develop a self understanding and make improvements to their life or overcome challenge or life transitions.
  • It can help you to overcome and break free from negative thoughts, behaviours and habits. 
  • It supports a process of positive change for the client.
  • It provides an opportunity to discuss difficult feelings and the problems you are facing with a focus on helping you explore solutions.

How can it help you?

  • Psychological coaching can help you make positive changes in all areas of your life
  • It can help you to take control and truly be the change you want to see. 
  • Mindset is everything. It influences our thoughts, behaviours and actions and how we live everyday.  Psychological coaching can help you achieve a growth mindset enhancing the way you look at life with a more positive outlook.  
  • It can help you explore what external pressures and influences impact your life, emotionally/physically and support you to make effective changes to enhance your overall wellbeing. 
  • Psychological coaching supports emotional growth, personal development, confidence, relationships, career progression, life transitions, relationships and parenting, helping you to enjoy everyday and live your life with contentment and positivity. 

Finding the right therapist for you

  • When you have decided to seek therapy or psychological coaching, it is important you find the right therapist for you.
  • The empathic and empowering professional relationship you develop with your therapist is key to the outcomes and success of your coaching/therapy. 
  • Speak with several therapists before making your decision. 
  • Think about what you are looking to achieve and ask for an introduction call prior to booking any sessions. 

About The Forward Thinking Therapist

Karen Smith is a mum, wife, qualified Psychological Coach, Mentor, Counsellor, Restorative Practitioner and more recently an author. She is passionate about positive emotional health and has over 15 years of experience working in education, and a portfolio of professional training supporting clients to achieve positive outcomes. 

Karen works collaboratively with her clients using her professional skills in psychology theory and cognitive coaching and mentoring, to guide others to be the change they want to see.

Qualifications, Professional Development & Memberships

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited University of the West of Scotland).

Studied Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited, University of the West of Scotland).

Restorative Practitioner, Restorative Justice Council

Collaborator/Contributor National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health/NHS England 'Manual for Mental Health Support Teams in Schools & Colleges. 


CAF & Lead Professional

LSCB Effective Multi-Agency Working

Domestic Abuse

LSCB Disguised Compliance

Signs of Safety

Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling

DBS Certificate held (Disclosure & Barring Service)

If we are physically unwell we seek the help of a doctor.

When we become emotionally fragile due to the everyday stresses and  pressures of life, it impacts our overall health, how we perform daily, our relationships and those around us.

Don't struggle in silence. Seek out the help of a professional therapist.

Care for yourself like you care for others and make a positive change today. 

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The Small Print

All communications and meetings are strictly confidential between the client and Forward Thinking Therapies. 

Coaching/Mentoring Services 

Sessions are for 1 hour and charged at £60 per hour or part thereof. Block bookings, for a minimum of 4 sessions, are charged at £50 per hour. Payment is required in full at time of booking. The number of sessions required will be dependent on your individual needs.

Payment Terms

An electronic invoice is provided to you at time of booking and full payment is required within 24 hours. Payment for block bookings is required in full at time of booking. 

We accept all major debit/credit cards. 


48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your appointment unless otherwise agreed. 


Refunds are not available unless otherwise agreed. If a session is missed, within our normal Terms & Conditions, your payment will be used for the next available session. 

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.

Terms & Conditions apply. 

The Well Woman Network Global Cafe

A true social networking group for women around the globe.

What is the Well Woman Network?

The Well Woman Network is a true online social networking group for women and provides a safe space that supports emotional health;  promoting positive, empowering interactions with humour and a sprinkle of fun. 

The group is free, a place to connect with women in a safe, non-judgmental, and positive environment.

It was established in July 2019 as a local group in Wokingham, Berkshire, UK. Regular meetups and activities soon became a monthly feature on the group, women coming together to create new friendships and connect with others who shared similar interests. The Well Woman Network has continued to thrive online. Inspiring daily posts, free online events, and great communication keep the group positive, fun, and well connected. 

No gimmicks, no advertising, no self-promotion, no cost, just women being women in a positive, healthy, and fun environment. 

Join The Well Woman Network via the link below

The Well Woman Network Environment

Be yourself! The WWN environment is safe, kind, non-judgemental and fun. We don't allow advertising, self promotion or selling. The group is inclusive for all adult women regardless of age, race, colour, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, physical or learning disability. It is a place for all women where we are all equal. 


Professionally Insured

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.