Karen Booth, Quest psychotherapist

Oct 2, 2019 | Blog Articles

Difficulties and challenges early on in life led Quest psychotherapist, Karen Booth into counselling where she worked through childhood trauma and an eating disorder. Karen became a Registered Nurse when she was 19 before deciding her future lay in becoming a counsellor and helping others the way she had been helped.

Karen believes that grief, loneliness, anger and anxiety are usually reflected in symptoms of feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless and useless and may be unfinished business from the past playing out in the present moment.

Working with Gestalt psychotherapy allows Karen to work with a person’s internal conflicts and confusion and look at the whole of a person rather than their individual parts. Karen’s motivation is to get in underneath and “get the gold for a person”. She loves connecting with people on a deep level and helping them find out who they really are.


The 5-day residential programs at Quest allow Karen and all Quest counsellors and psychologists to sit in the circle with participants and hear their stories. They eat meals with participants and chat to them during the week. Karen feels that by the time a participant has a one-on-one session with her she knows him or her very well.

One of the best things about program weeks for Karen is seeing the transformation that happens for people from Monday to Friday. Karen loves being a part of that transformation. She says people plus the program are the magic.


Karen is the first to admit she doesn’t have all the answers for herself and that she’s still learning and progressing but she says she lives her life based on Petrea’s philosophy of being relentlessly yourself and trying to always be authentic, real and present with people and who they are at that moment.

Karen has an office in North Sydney, Woy Woy and the Entrance and works at the Quest for Life Centre and The Glen in the Central Coast. She counsels face-to-face and via Skype and Facetime. She is a Gestalt psychologist, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, a trainer for gestalt as the counselling component of a hypnotherapy diploma and a registered nurse. In her down-time Karen lives on the Central Coast with her partner and 3 dogs.

Karen is a Counsellor on our Residential Programs. Learn more about Quest for Life’s Residential Programs

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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