Our Locations - North East

Karen Martin-Rodriguez

North East Practice

Online Couple Counselling


Hello, my name is Karen and I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Relationship Counsellor based at Online Couple Counselling. My work is from an ‘integrative perspective’ which means I draw upon a variety of approaches in my work to suit your individual needs.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling and have over 15 years of experience working as a therapist. I hold an accredited membership of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

My experience

I have been practicing for over 15 years both privately and within independent and charitable organisations. These include, independent healthcare, cancer services and children and young people’s services. Within my own private practice, I work with individuals and couples in both long- and short-term therapy.

During my work I have helped couples deal with the impact on their relationship of long-term illness, growing apart, sexual concerns and addictions. As well as helping manage change in a more effective, productive way.

About relationships

There can be many challenges to relationships in today’s busy world. Over a period of time relationships can change without us being aware of the drift.

The impact of the external world on our relationship can be huge… work issues, family responsibilities, not to mention a current global pandemic!

It can be difficult to negotiate changes in relationships when feelings are running high. Seeking help from a professional can be a great step to take to help you clarify things.

How I can help

My role during online couple counselling if to offer you both a space to make the required changes in your relationship. I will help you to communicate more effectively and reach your own conclusions about the way forward.

In the initial session I will ask you both what you would like to achieve out of the relationship therapy and where you would like to get to. Even if you both have different expectations, we will work with that. By working on how you communicate with each other is the first step to helping you achieve your goal.

As a therapist I am open, down to earth and warm. I aim to make both of you feel comfortable from the first time we meet, so that you feel free to bring any concerns to the session.

I am passionate in my work with couples and committed to working ethically and safely to overcoming the challenges that we are presented with.

Ethical standards

I subscribe to and work within the BACP ethical framework alongside undertaking regular professional development and supervision. I also hold professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to make an appointment with Karen for couple counselling. Please contact her via Online Couples Counselling today. Request an appointment with Karen

Kiran Kaur

North East Practice

Virtual Relationship Counselling


Hi, my name is Kiran and I’m a fully qualified and accredited multilingual Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Relationship Therapist.  I am a fully registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and NCS (National Counselling Society).

I’m fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu and I have been running a successful counselling practice in Leeds, Sheffield & Peterborough for the last 12 years.

My background and experience mean that I am aware of the cultural and language differences that may arise when seeking relationship help. Therefore, by being able to fluently counsel in the above languages helps me remove barriers between myself and the couples I see.

My experience

I am experienced in counselling both couples and individuals, from all walks of life and backgrounds. I understand it can take courage taking the first step and seek help for your relationship. However, by taking the time to repair and understand each other once again will help remind you, that at some point, your relationship was the most important contributor/factor to your happiness.

A number of things can impact our relationships. This can include a stressful work/life balance, negative behaviour patterns, poor communication or external influences.

I consider myself warm, approachable and non-judgemental. My aim is to ensure that you both feel comfortable and have a platform where you can equally express your thoughts and feelings. I will support you to communicate with one another. This way you will gain a better understanding of what each of you are experiencing and how you feel. We will then explore the changes that need to be made to enable you to move forward. I will give you the tools to implement these strategies.

Professional relationship counselling

I provide a safe space which will allow you both the opportunity to talk openly and honestly with each other. I will encourage you both to listen empathetically so that you both feel ‘heard’.

Relationship counselling is not about attributing blame. Nor is it about me taking sides or forcing either one of you to take a particular course of action. It’s about helping you both develop a better understanding of each other, yourselves   and the role you both play in the relationship. Together, we will explore your options and find an amicable way of moving forward once you have chosen your path.

Through seeking professional relationship help, will enable you both to work with me in order to facilitate change in your relationship. Sometimes, talking to someone with no connection to yourself or your partner is all it takes for you to gain perspective. This is where a professional relationship counsellor, like myself, can help you understand how outside factors such as family values, religion, culture, lifestyle and of course work affect your relationship.

Virtual relationship counselling will help you reflect on the past and how it operates in the present. During our sessions, I will help you to communicate more effectively. Which will help you learn why misunderstandings, which may be minor, then escalate into an argument or an unresolvable situation. I will also help you negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible and understand the importance of compromise in a relationship.

In order for relationship counselling to be successful outcome it is important to find the right therapist for you.

Ethical standards

I work within the BACP ethical framework. I also undertake regular professional development and supervision.

If you are looking for virtual relationship counselling and would like to make an appointment to see Kiran. Please contact her via Online Couples Counselling today. Request an appointment with Kiran

Madeleine Kingsley

North East Practice

Online Relationship Therapy


My name is Madeleine Kingsley and I’m a fully qualified Relate-trained relationship counsellor and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have 28 years of experience providing therapy for both couples and individuals.

I have written extensively about relationships and family life for newspapers and magazines. Interviewing experts in the field gave me great insight into how we think, feel and interact as couples. I was then inspired to train, share their wisdom and do this transformative work myself.


It’s all too easy for the pressures of life – such as raising a family, work tension, issues with in-laws or financial worries – to chip away at intimacy. Stress can also deplete  excitement and that sense of being the soulmates you once were.

Often couples find themselves on shaky ground due to challenging life stages. This might be through the transition to parenthood, family illness, living with teenagers or an empty nest. You might still function as a working team but the emotional connection has stalled and romance has done a runner.

How I can help you

During our online relationship therapy sessions, I will listen attentively to you both. I offer a safe and confidential space to help you work out whether your relationship is just going through a bad patch or if it has, sadly, run its course.

I’m passionate about supporting couples through tough times, towards a brighter but  realistic future. Couples often start out feeling full of love and desire for each other, only to find themselves questioning where the ‘spark’ has gone. My job is to help you restore closeness and remember the strengths that brought you together in the first place.

You may be stuck in a cycle of arguments which you feel unable to resolve. Or perhaps you feel as though you have nothing significant to say to each other anymore. You may think it too risky to raise the issues that divide you for fear of conflict Some couples rub along in a ‘too good to leave, too bad to stay’ state.  They assume this is just what happens when you’ve been together for a while.

I don’t believe that any couple needs to ‘settle’ in a relationship. It may only take some professional relationship counselling to help you re-ignite the spark and set you up for a fresh and closer future.

I won’t judge you or make decisions for you.  Relationship therapy is a shared voyage of exploration. With my help you will come to see your own relationship more clearly, set your own goals and make your own choices.

Moving you forward

My online relationship therapy techniques will help you communicate more effectively. You can start sharing your thoughts and feelings with kindness as well as honesty. My training to work with families, children and young people enables me to see the bigger picture of which you are part.

Unhappy relationships can be vulnerable to affairs which lead to deep hurt and damage.

I won’t try and glue you back together if you feel the infidelity has struck a blow beyond repair and you choose to separate. If that’s the case, I will help you do so with the least possible pain and bitterness.

However, affairs don’t necessarily have to be terminal. I can help lead couples beyond blame, guilt and recrimination. We can explore what precipitated the infidelity in the first place and help you rebuild trust over time.

I work diversely and have experience working with same gender relationships. mixed cultures, families and friendships.

Ethical standards

I subscribe to and work within the BACP code of ethics and ethical framework. I undertake regular professional development to maintain a high level of knowledge and practice and regular supervision with ongoing professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to make an appointment  to see Madeleine for relationship therapy. Then please contact her via Online Couples Counselling. Request an appointment with Madeleine





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