Katherine Hartley Brabbins MA MBACP (Accredited) UKRCP Reg.
01670 520011 / 07759 195832
We all want to live happy, fulfilled lives but sometimes life has other ideas and we can find ourselves feeling depressed, anxious, confused and isolated and at these times it can be helpful to talk to someone who is sensitive ,empathic, supportive and who offers confidentiality.
I offer clients a safe space in which to talk things through and gain new perspectives, develop inner resources and self awareness and gain or re gain a sense of self esteem and renewed confidence. My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing clients regain control of their lives and move on positively. Sometimes clients contact me weeks, months or in one case years after completing their work with me to let me know the positive ways in which their lives have progressed and for me that's fantastic. The greatest compliment my clients can pay me is to recommend me to others and this is how I get a lot of my referrals.
I am a fully qualified and BACP accredited counsellor and adhere to their codes of ethics and practice which includes having monthly supervision to ensure that I maintain consistently high standards.I hold a current CRB certificate. I have substantial experience in a number of settings having counselled at a women's centre, and at a recovery centre for those with addictions and have also worked in mediation.I have also been in private practice for over 15 years. I am also a fully qualified hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.
I work from a broad therapeutic base, integrating theories and techniques and choosing the approach that best suits each individual client in order for them to gain insight, overcome difficulties and move on with their lives. In particular I work with person centred counselling, cognitive behavioral approaches, neurolinguistic programming,mindfulness training, relaxation techniques and hypnotherapy (All of this comes under a person centred umbrella which means that you and I are equal partners in helping you to find a way forward). It's rather like taking the appropriate tool out of a tool box. I use which ever approach or combination of approaches that best suits each person at that time and in consultation with the client.
You choose how many sessions that you have and for how long you continue to engage in counselling. Sometimes one session is sufficient at other times a few may be needed and occasionally counselling may occur over a longer period.There is no need to book for a course of sessions. You simply book each session as you require it. I just ask that you give at least 24hrs notice where ever possible, if you can't make your appointment or need to change it.
I work from my home which is quiet, private,comfortable and anonymous. This also allows me to maintain my fees at a reasonable rate. There is ample parking and I am only a few mins walk from bus stops, and a short distance from Ashington town centre.
I am a very friendly and down to earth person and enjoy working with a wide range of people and get a great deal of satisfaction from being able to help people resolve their issues and move on with their lives again.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.Ed (hons) 1984
BA Social Science 1987
Diploma in Counselling 2003
Certificate in Drug Awareness and Intervention 2004
MA Counselling Durham University (dist) 2004
Diploma in Hypnotherapy 2008
Diploma in Psychotherapy 2008
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2007
Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills SDS Training 2015 ( British Psychological Society approved )
I have regular in service training and recently qualified as a counselling supervisor.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Low self esteem and confidence building
Eating / weight issues
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
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£30.00 per I hour session.
Concessionary appointments are available for students etc.
I gained my hypnotherapy qualification with the National College of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and my CBT qualification at Salford College.Please feel free to ring or email for further details, or for general inquiries.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer appointments Mon to Fri daytime and evening. I have some availability at weekends. Please email, text or telephone for available times. I will get back to you asap.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified counselling supervisor, and work within a humanistic, integrative approach.View supervision profile