Hello, my name is Catherine... (she/her)
I offer counselling both in person, online and on the phone. Alongside my private practice I volunteer at Network Counselling, providing low cost counselling for adults of all ages, inclusive of gender and neurodiversity.
I am a working Mum of two young boys, two older step sons and two cats. I have had a life full of ups and downs and am both professionally and personally equipped to offer genuine support and empathy to those seeking a comfortable space to come, talk, be heard and just ‘be’.
In addition to my counselling experience, I can also offer support through sessions in Focusing.
As a counsellor, I feel privileged to be able to work alongside people struggling and in distress. Together we can work to find your unique way forward through whatever you bring to the counselling room.
The foundation of the way I work is person-centred. This approach is based on a deep trust in your ability to find your own way towards growth and health, if given the right conditions. It puts you in charge, and not me; so I will be facilitating you in your exploration, rather than interpreting or telling you what to do.
I also draw on a focusing-oriented approach where it seems helpful. This is an experiential approach that supports you in going beyond what you already know, your cognitive understanding; and creates a space to attend to feelings you may sense vaguely but canonot yet put into words.
I also work with spirituality and the inner world of images where this is meaningful to you. I'm a former student of literature and a lifelong lover of stories and big questions. I balance thinking about the past with considering what's happening in the here and now, always looking for sparks of life and opportunities for change. I work actively to support you on your journey and in exploring and rewriting your story.
Am I the right counsellor for you?
There are so many counsellors practicing in so many modalities that it's easy to become overwhelmed when trying to find the right match for you. Research consistently shows, though, that regardless of modality or technique, a good relationship between you and your therapist is crucial to a positive experience in therapy, so it's important to listen to your gut. An initial meeting will help you with that decision.
Focusing Oriented Therapy (in training 2021 - 2023)
Certificate: Understanding Autism, Making your Practice Autism Friendly
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, BACP accredited, level 5 (adults 18+)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling
Practitioner Training in Focusing (ongoing)
Certificate in Focusing
BA (HONS) English Literature
Enhanced DBS Certificate
Cruse Bereavement Care ABC Foundation Course