Catherine Goldsmith BA (Hons), MBACP, BAPCA

Catherine Goldsmith  BA (Hons),  MBACP, BAPCA


01425 674325 / 07598 864559

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01425 674325 / 07598 864559

About me

Welcome, I am a professional counsellor/psychotherapist offering a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental safe space to those wishing to explore and understand their life difficulties. I'm experienced in working with a wide range of topics including: relationship issues, anxiety, abuse, low self esteem/self confidence, bereavement, depression, addiction, truama, sexuality, anger, illness and disability. I work among peaceful surroundings using a face to face approach where no topic is considered unworthy or too small. In addition I've lectured university students on a BA(Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy degree programme.

There can be times in life where we find our emotions overwhelming us. Emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, confusion or despair can lead us to feelings of distress. Counselling/psychotherapy can be a really useful way of helping us to make sense of these emotions, bringing fresh insights and understanding that help us to move on with our life, in a way, and at a pace that feels right for us.

As an experienced therapist, I fully appreciate how daunting it can be searching for a counsellor/psychotherapist who feels right for your needs - this is not at all unusual and reflects a need to feel comfortable with your choice. You may find it helpful to arrange an initial session with your chosen counsellor/therapist where the time can be used to sensitively look at the things that are troubling you while giving you a feel for the process before deciding to embark on further sessions. This initial session is common practice in the world of counselling/psychotherapy and is considered very useful for both clients and therapists alike.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries regarding my qualifications, practice, or wish to make an appointment. If I am unavailable when you call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest and I look forward to speaking with you...

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a full member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and bound by their professional code of ethics.

My qualifications include:

BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy: PCA (1st)
Diploma Theory & Practice of Counselling: PCA
Diploma Casework Supervision
Advanced Certificate Humanistic Counselling
Certifcate Couple/Relationship Counselling
Certificate Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Certificate Group Work
Certificate Information Advice & Guidance
Registered Nurse (Ret)

Other therapies I have studied include: Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Existential.

My experience includes:

Counselling within my own Private Practice.
Counselling both staff and students at Southampton University
Lecturer BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy Middx University/City College.
Counselling those caught up in addiction.
Counselling those who have become ill or disabled.
Supervising the casework of other counsellors/psychotherapists.

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Initial exploritory session (1 hour) - £40
Subsequent sessions (1 hour) - £40
(1-1/2 hours) - £60

Concessions negotiable for students and those experiencing financial difficulty.

Further information

I provide Casework Supervision to other professional therapists.
I provide client support for Employee Assistance Programmes.
I provide client support to the Meningitis Trust and Channel 4.
I welcome enquiries from ex-servicemen and women.

I am a full member of BACP and BAPCA.
I hold professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am CRB checked.
Registered Nurse (Ret).

Maps & Directions

Christchurch, BH23

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme