Catherine Potter MSc. ( Memb. SIP, Reg.BPC)
As a counsellor and psychotherapist with nearly 20 years experience of working in private practice and the NHS, I understand how emotional difficulties can affect every aspect of your life; your relationships, your work and the way you feel about yourself. It can lead to anxiety, depression, irritability and a general dissatisfaction with life.
For many people the thought of meeting with a counsellor or therapist can be daunting. It may be the first time you really open up to anyone about how you feel. You might be worried that your problems are not serious enough or can find no obvious reason to explain why you feel this way. Other people may have a clear idea of why they are struggling, knowing they have had to cope with difficult experiences, but having this knowledge has not prevented them from suffering or behaving in ways which they find unhelpful but keep repeating.
My role is to provide a confidential, safe and secure space to help you explore these difficulties and the feelings that arise as you tell me about yourself. These feelings may be confusing and frightening. Or they may be new feelings that you did not know you had. Understanding these feelings and their underlying causes can provide a sense of relief, enable changes to be made and give you a greater sense of control over your life.
Who comes for counselling and psychotherapy?
People come for many different reasons, often when they feel at a crisis point or that things have simply got to change. You may have a particular issue that has been troubling you, a pattern of things that keep going wrong or you may feel a general dissatisfaction with life that you cannot quite explain to yourself.
What happens in the initial consultation?
The first meeting will be an opportunity to tell me about yourself, to discuss what has brought you to seek therapy, to get a sense of the way that we might work together and for us to explore whether what I offer feels right for you. We will also think about whether short term work focusing on a particular issue or longer term open ended therapy is more appropriate. This is also a time for you to ask any questions you may have.
As this is our first meeting we will have up to one and a half hours to give you time to tell me about yourself and the difficulties you are struggling with.
What happens after that?
Generally we will meet once a week. We will find a time to meet that suits you and we will meet at the same time each week. Each session will last 50 minutes. I work weekdays and some evenings.
Where will this take place?
My consulting room is on the outskirts of Frome.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (BAP) ( Trained at The British Association of Psychotherapists, London)
Developing Supervision Skills (BAP)
MSc Psychodynamics and the Psychoses (Distinction) (APU)
Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Counselling (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Private Practice - Referrals from GP's, BPC register and Counselling Directory.
Training therapist - Wessex Counselling Service (WCS).
Supervisor of counsellors in an Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training (WCS). trainee counsellors (WCS), school counsellors and private counsellors.
Therapist in NHS Adult Psychotherapy Department.
Therapist in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services working with parents and adolescents.
Counsellor in a University Counselling Service.
Counsellor in a Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service.
I am a member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy (SIP).
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fees are :
Initial meeting - 1 hour 30 minutes - £60
Weekly meetings - 50 minutes - £47
In certain circumstances fees can be negotiated.
I have extensive experience of working with parents who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship with their child or in managing/understanding their behaviour.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
As a counsellor with many years of experience and as a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist I have supervised colleagues/counsellors/therapists/students in the NHS and in Education. .View supervision profile