The Family Associates

Karen Walker, Occupational Therapist, KORE Consultant

I am a mother of twin daughters, Occupational Therapist, KORE Therapy Consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner, with a  passion for promoting optimal health, well-being and independence. I specialise in working with children, young people and adults who are experiencing difficulties engaging fully in their daily lives, due to a long term health condition, illness, injury or other difficulties that are impacting on them, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I have 22 years experience of working in the NHS in both Physical Health settings and Psychology services. 

I trained as an Occupational Therapist in 2008, and over the years have worked with a range of clients with have a variety of health needs and conditions including: Persistent Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,General Anxiety Disorders, Worry, Sleep Disorders, Neuro-Diverse conditions (Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia (DCD) and more. My aim is to assist clients to lead as fulfilled a life as possible, using goal oriented techniques. 

In 2022/2023 I trained as a KORE Therapy Consultant. KORE Therapy is a ground-breaking assessment and treatment system, which specialises in not just dealing with symptoms, but finding and treating the underlying root cause to illness, pain, and injury. 

This system blends Western Muscle Testing and Eastern Therapies to help restore health and wellbeing.

What I work with

Headaches, Migraines, Fatigue, Joint Pain (Shoulders, Neck, Back, Hips, Knees), Fibromyalgia, Nerve impingements, Sciatica, Hormonal and Menstrual issues, Anxiety, IBS, Food Intolerances and many many more. I work with sports men, women and children, helping to build their performance. Please see website for further details.

Appointments are available face to face in my clinic room in Carlisle or online.  


Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2008

KORE Therapy Consultant 2023

Professional Registration and Membership     

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Member of the Sensory Integration Education Network (SIE)
  • Member of KORE Therapy UK
  • Federation of Holistic Therapies (FHT)

Specialist Skills

Occupation Performance Coaching

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, first aider (adults and paediatrics)


Sensory Integration


Cognitive Based Mindfulness

Pain management

Stress management

Anxiety management

Sleep management

 Fatigue management

Posture & Seating

Property/Environmental Assessments

Aids & Equipment assessment and recommendations

Work based assessments and recommendations