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Karin Brauner

Owner at KB Bilingual Services

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Karin is a Guatemalan born entrepreneur with lots of strings to her bow.

Her career started in Guatemala, where she trained as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

In 2003, she became a German citizen, through family heritage, and in 2006 when she finished her studies, she decided to move to England, and she hasn’t looked back since! In 2018 she also became a British Citizen.

Amongst random jobs (2006-2008) , and a rewarding career in care work (2008-2019) getting to know her new culture and surroundings, she began her journey into counselling again, by retraining at Brighton University and achieving one of her initial dreams after moving to the United Kingdom: to work in the NHS.

She was offered an honorary placement in 2009 – unpaid financially but very gratifying in other ways! – and that was a great achievement so far!

Jump forward a few years later and the story of where Karin is today keeps unfolding.

In 2017, she decided to start her blog, which helped her grow her practice and offerings to where they are today, and adding more each day. The blog also led her to write her first book, 20 Self-Care Habits. This developed into finding new ground to walk on, in the form of interviews and later on workshops.

She's also publishing a fictional novel based on a dream she had that stopped re-occurring once she spoke about a particular topic in therapy. The Beckoning Rooms is a metaphor for our unconscious processes and how they'll "deal with us unless we deal with them".

Karin is in the process of developing new programs to support people get on track - or back on track - in their lives, relationships and businesses.

Karin BraunerPoints
Academic5
Author137
Influencer52
Speaker12
Entrepreneur20
Total226

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Health
Theatre: Europe
Media Experience: 20
Last Media Interview: 05/26/2021

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Customer Experience
Entrepreneurship 31.84
Health and Wellness 44.27
Mental Health 68.71
Marketing 33.29
Diversity and Inclusion 30.88
Management 30.36
Social 30.14
Health and Safety 31.62
Leadership 30.19
Culture 30.06

Industry Experience

Healthcare
Media
Professional Services

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Publications

1 Academic Award
A supervision model for counsellors
Karin Brauner
June 03, 2018
During my PG Certificate in clinical supervision at the University of Derby, I created a model for supervision. I've been working as a supervisor since then.

The paradigm I've created in the form of a diagram contains valuable information that I find important in the supervisory process. I've tried to integrate the most important parts of existing models,as well the functions and developmental stages in supervision, both from the supervisor, trainee and supervisory relationship perspective.

The base for the model is the Hawkins and Shohet (2006) model, in regards to what happens in both the client-therapist matrix and the supervisor-therapist matrix/relationship. In addition to this, I find it important to point out the stages of development that the trainee will go through (on the therapist side) as well as strategies the supervisor can use to support their supervisee to move through them. This was taken from Stoltenberg and Delworth's  model of supervision.

In addition to these, the functions of supervision described by Inskipp and Proctor provide a good framework from which to support the supervisee and to keep a focus on the work at each stage of development.

This then brings us to the use of Page and Wosket's (1994) Cyclical model, which includes a focus for the supervisory relationship at each stage of development and progress with each client, but also focuses on the more practical aspects of the supervisory process, such as is contracting, creating a safe space for the supervisee to develop, as well as reviewing the supervisee's progress and the relational issues that might arise, giving an opportunity as well to recontract.

Finally, Scaife (2001) mentions some of the issues that can arise and affect the emotional state and development of the supervisee, such as work context and individual differences, which I thought important to point out as further responsibilities of the supervisor, along with others such as looking after the client's best interest, and providing a learning space regarding codes of practice and ethics. Watkins (1993) is also mentioned as a compliment in regards to developmental stages, as they point towards the development of both the supervisee and the supervisor.

I've since also developed 10+ things I believe good supervision should offer, and this is how I work in my practice, to provide a high standard of supervision to my clients.

Through my supervision page you can find out more information about this model, in the form of videos and blog posts.

I've presented this model to colleagues through Onlinevents: https://bit.ly/3hZ99bT.

I was nicely surprised when I got contacted by a supervision course provider stating that she was sharing my blog posts with her students. Always a bonus!

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Tags: Management

17 Article/Blogs
Do You Know Who You Were Created To Be? – A Christmas Message
Brainz Magazine
December 01, 2021

I've written this post with you in mind, as a Christmas message that will help you realise who you were created to be.
Remember: You were created to be exactly who you are!
How can you get there?
Read on to find out more.

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Tags: Culture, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Why We Work Ourselves Out Of The Job
Brainz Magazine
October 05, 2021
When we go to work, we expect to be in that job for a long time, maybe even for life, right?


But what happens when our job is looking after people’s mental health?


Is it our job to keep a client in counselling forever or to work ourselves out of the job?


I believe it’s the latter....

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Tags: Marketing, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

The Online Disinhibition Effect – Would You Say That To My Face?
Karin Brauner
August 13, 2021
Social media has opened up a new realm of conversations. Some pleasant, some horrifying.


As an admin of a Facebook group and a member of others, I can tell you it’s not easy monitoring conversations to keep them respectful and civilized.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

How to address the elephant in the room
Karin Brauner
August 11, 2021
What is it about certain topics that makes us shy away from them or ignore them altogether?
If we do that for long enough, does that make the issue go away, or is it only getting bigger?
Some topics are very difficult to bring up in any relationship, but it is important that they are addressed. How can we find a way to talk about them without getting overwhelmed or in a huge argument?

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Feeling appreciated feels good!
Thrive Global
June 20, 2021

We all love it when people appreciate us. Is it arrogance to be proud of what we do and who we are?
Read the article to find out what I think about this.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Boundaries Without Guilt – Striking the Right Balance in Life
Thrive Global
June 06, 2021
Many of us live in societies that tell us that being there for others in spite of ourselves is preferred and even praised. When we start looking after ourselves by saying: ‘No, not today,’ for example, we get booed and made to feel guilty.

The guilt has kept many of us from saying ‘no’ and asking for what we need. Because it is frowned upon. Because ‘it’s not how we do it here’. What about our mental health?

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Social

Jeremiah and the Whirlwind – Dream 2(The Beckoning Rooms Prequel Post)
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April 05, 2021
Jeremiah’s dreams were pretty strange most of the time. He preferred to daydream, he could control those a bit more. Last night he had an incredible experience with the second room, and he couldn’t shake it off. He fell asleep out of exhaustion, and woke up a few hours later, sweating an

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

4 Dream Mechanisms -Why are our dreams so strange?
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March 22, 2021
I never cease to marvel at my dreams and the dreams that I’ve heard from clients through the years. As I recounted in another post, a recurring dreams, and a therapy process, led me to make the link between the topic I discussed in therapy and the sudden disappearance of these recurring dreams

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Jeremiah – Everything I Do… (The Beckoning Rooms Prequel Post)
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March 08, 2021
Jeremiah was sitting on that bench. That same bench he’d sat on every day after school. It wasn’t a favourite spot. Not at all. It was just somewhere to pass time before going back to the place where everything he did was wrong. Sitting on this bench, he could imagine that he did everyth

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Creating and Living a more Compassionate Life – Mini-Course
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March 05, 2021
This course is for you if you want to work on your life and relationships, by creating more compassion for yourself and others. Whether you’re new to counselling/psychotherapy, or wanting to engage with it again, but unsure where to start, these booklets will help you get started. This is one

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Dreams hold fascinating meaning, but how do we interpret them?
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January 11, 2021
As I stated in my previous post, What’s in a dream? (The power of therapy), my experience of a recurring dream I’d had for years suddenly stopping after a few weeks of therapeutic discussion with my analyst about a very specific topic, led me to be even more fascinated by dream work. I

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

What’s in a dream? (The power of therapy)
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January 04, 2021
What is in a dream? That is the question that I pose to you today. Not as a random question, but as one that would trigger your thoughts and lead you to delve into the exploration of the meaning of dreams and how this relates to therapy and therefore to the unconscious. My counselling training [R

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

2021: The year of boundaries and getting your needs met (With the help from Nina Proudman from Offspring, Netflix Series)
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December 31, 2020
Wow! What a year it has been! Some good has come of it, although I know that many things that could have gone wrong in 2020 have done so. But let’s focus on moving forward. Catch up on and oldie but goodie: Ditch Traditional Resolutions – Self-Care all the way Even though 2021 seems ver

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Make Friends with Frustration by Disentangling your Genius Within (part 3) – Guest Blog series by Gill Bentham
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December 23, 2020
Welcome to this third and final installment of Gill Bentham’s guest posts – for now. I hope you’re enjoying them so far! Let’s see what Gill has in store for us next… Meet our Genius who overcame Madness I knew that for our discussion about this knot, the guest genius I

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Jenna dreams about the end of her world (The Beckoning Rooms Prequel Post)
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December 21, 2020
In her dreams, she’d usually wake up in her bed, mid-morning, feeling rested and hopeful for the day ahead. This time waking up felt different. The calm before the storm. Usually the noises outside were of cars rushing past, or children chattering away, as they walked with their mothers towards th

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Make Friends with Frustration by Disentangling your Genius Within (part 2) – Guest Blog series by Gill Bentham
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December 16, 2020
  Welcome to the second installment of Gill Bentham‘s guest post series. She’s the author of ‘Disentangling Genius’ and As If. If you missed the first one, click here or visit the main page to read it. Has the image to the left made you curious about what Gill will talk to us about

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Saying "no" is vital
Brainz Magazine
December 31, 1969
Saying “no” Is Vital

How many times have you wanted to say “no” or “not right now” to someone and said “yes” instead? How did you feel?

Written by: Karin Brauner, Executive Contributor, Brainz Magazine

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

2 Books
The Beckoning Rooms: Deal with Them or They'll Deal with You
Author Academy Elite
June 27, 2021
Jenna, Jeremiah and Jacob all lead normal lives.They all wake up one morning in a strange bed, in a house they don’t know. They wonder why they’re here and how they got there. As they settle into the realisation that there is something that brought them here, a purpose, they all realise that there are rooms that seem to be calling them towards them. The beckoning rooms. They spend 4 nights in the place with the beckoning rooms. Alone. Somehow forced to face themselves and their deepest, darkest thoughts, feelings and lived experiences. They thought they’d left all that behind.

Ever since she was a child, Karin had dreamt a recurring dream. In this dream, there was always a house. In each dream, in each house, there was a room that made her or wonder what was behind there that was so mysterious and that beckoned her to find out. But something kept her from finding out in the dreams. After a batch of therapy years later, and touching on a topic she couldn’t speak of in her previous therapy process, the dreams stopped.

That’s where The Beckoning Rooms comes in. This book is a consequence of her own personal journey, but also of her training as a therapist and seeing the effects of working through our past, in her clients’ lives as well as her own.

Karin Brauner’s novel provides an insight into the human unconscious, and what we might choose to hide there. Overwhelming lived experiences, emotions or thoughts that are sent here will beckon to us from the deepest, darkest areas of our minds, and won’t release until we’ve dealt with them. Will the characters in the novel deal with the beckoning rooms, or will they remain locked in the strange house forever?

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

20 Self-Care Habits: Develop Your Strengths. Use Your Resources. Improve Your Life and Relationships. a Practical Guide to Setting Clear Boundaries and Meeting Your Needs
Author Academy Elite
June 27, 2021
We live in a world that teaches us that we should put others before ourselves. We have become experts on meeting other people’s needs, but might struggle to meet our own.

Linked to this is the most important need of all: setting clear boundaries.

When we don’t have clear boundaries, we allow others to demand our time and attention, when we’d rather be doing something else.

The guilt of saying “no” takes us to a place of resentment and rocky relationships. We resent ourselves and our friend, family member, employer or colleague, for saying “yes” when we really wanted some time to do our own thing.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

1 Founder
KB Bilingual Services
Karin Brauner
February 01, 2013
KB Bilingual Services was founded in 2013.

It began as a counselling service, then in 2016 it expanded to offer supervision to practitioners in private practice. It is now ticking along nicely. I work with a couple of companies as a freelance counsellor, which allows me to work with expats and people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. I also work with clients privately.

In 2017, I began promoting my practice even further, and I also wrote my first book. This meant that I needed to get my message out even further, so I started blogging and adding value on social media, which I continue to do to this day.

I am currently building wellbeing, supervision and marketing programs, which I hope to bring to the world in the near future.

Through the website below you can find my counselling and supervision website as well as my blogsite.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Mental Health

1 Media Interview
Client Spotlight with Catherine B. Roy - Setting Boundaries Part 1
Catherine B. Roy
October 18, 2021
had a pleasure and an honor to work with Karin Brauner Hollman! @k.brauner.counselling

This is part 1 of a 3 parts interview series. We are talking about Karin’s story and one of the most important things we need to do for ourselves- SETTING BOUNDARIES.

Karin is a Guatemalan born entrepreneur with German heritage, and since 2018 also a British Citizen with lots of strings to her bow. She's focusing on her Wellbeing Program at the moment, but look out in the future for her Clinical Supervision and Social Media Content Creation Programs in the future.

Her career started in Guatemala, where she trained as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

In 2006 when she finished her studies, she decided to move to England, and she hasn’t looked back since!

The journey to where she is now is very interesting - she did some random jobs for a couple of years, finally landing her first Support Work job in the UK, which led to invaluable learning that she takes with her into all areas of her life and work.

She realised one of her dreams - working in the NHS - albeit voluntary, but 3.5 years of experience there are also an important part of her journey.

Jump forward a few years later and the story of where Karin is today keeps unfolding.
In 2017, she decided to start her blog, which helped her grow her practice and offerings, which keep building up to this day. Karin's aim is to help people get on track or back on track in life and business.
The blog also led her to write her first book, 20 Self-Care Habits. This developed into finding new ground to walk on, in the form of interviews, podcasts, workshops and more.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Safety, Mental Health

4 Speaking Engagements
Setting clear boundaries and meeting your needs - Speaking for Microsoft Soft Skills Community
Microsoft
November 09, 2021
How would your life change if you managed to say "no" to those around you? What would it mean for you to be able to ask for what you need, and set boundaries?

We live in a world that teaches us that we should put others before ourselves. We have become experts on meeting other people's needs, but might struggle to meet our own. Linked to this is the most important need of all: setting clear boundaries. In this training you'll learn to set boundaries and become more assertive, honour your feelings, listen to what you need and be able to ask for it, balance alone time and time with others, and more practical tools to improve your life and relationships.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Leadership, Mental Health

Chat with Nish
Rangam
May 26, 2021
This week, Karin Brauner chats with Nish. Karin is an Accredited Bilingual Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, passionate about helping people work through issues and feel better about themselves. An avid author, teacher, blogger and counsellor, Karin is passionate about helping people get on track – or back on track – in their personal and professional lives, through practical tools and inspirational conversations in a variety of settings.

As a champion of empathy in the workplace, employment for everyone and innovation, Nish shares experiences of thought leaders and how they are contributing to these concepts. These conversations are meant to be of around 30 minutes and explore the incredible contributions being made through empathy that are shaping a new way to work for all.
Join us to share and spread innovative thoughts, compassion and empathy!

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Onlinevents 2018 Self-Care Conference
Onlinevents - The voice of the practitioner
November 01, 2018
This is a short clip of one of the talks I've given through Onlinevents.

In this talk, I was talking about self-care in regard to setting clear boundaries and meeting our own needs, and how important this is for our wellbeing.

If you click the link below you'll see other talks that I've done with them. I am now also presenting workshops which you can find in the events tab:

https://www.onlinevents.co.uk/site-search/?fwp_search=karin+brauner

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Mental Health

Jenny Florence from A to Z of Emotional Health, interviews Karin Brauner about her book 20 Self-Care Habits
A to Z of emotional health
August 01, 2018
Jenny Florence Interviews Karin Brauner about her book 20 Self-Care Habits, first edition released in July 2018.

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Tags: Health and Wellness, Mental Health

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