Dr Karen Doherty


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Dr Karen Doherty

Dr Karen Doherty has been an accredited counselling practitioner for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in professional and pastoral settings working with groups, couples, and individuals with a diverse range of issues which include bereavement, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work related bullying and harassment, trauma – post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has been involved in:

  • Counselling
  • Training – in the areas of counselling, conflict resolution and mediation
  • Course development 
  • Clinical supervision within the NHS, Private Practice, and various Non Government organisation (NGO’s) 

Karen is multi-skilled in a range of therapeutic interventions and modalities. She is well respected by her colleagues and peers alike Indeed, she is considered to be the “go to practitioner” due to the breadth and wealth of her counselling knowledge experience and practical client-work insight.

Dr Karen Doherty PhD is a Fellow of the National Counselling Society (FNCS) and on the register of the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC).

Karen has worked for Cancer Focus NI based in S.E. Trust community Palliative Care Team providing counselling for patients, family, carers and staff. 

Karen worked as an Associate of Apheideo Associates providing an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) consisting of employee counselling, welfare management, mediation, critical incident response, trauma counselling and training.

She worked for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and in a GP Medical practice counselling Nurses and patients who were victims of bombings and trauma because of the civil unrest in Northern Ireland.

She achieved a doctorate of Teacher of Education.  Through research undertaken for her doctorate she developed a model of mediation, which could be applied to conflict within the workplace that was used initially within RCN. Karen then subsequently trained others in conflict resolution and mediation.

Karen set up CMIST Counselling and consultancy in 2006. She was the external expert brought in by the Ayrshire and Arran Health Board (Scotland) to develop a mediation service within Staff Support, providing training, mentoring and mediation. 

Karen has expanded the mediation into marriage/ couples counselling to provide an effective approach to allow couples (or family) to talk through issues and difficulties they are going through and gain their best outcome. 

Karen is married and she enjoys socialising with family, friends. She enjoys the outdoors, jogging, walking and swimming, being aware to take time to look after her own mental health.