Catherine Bishop UKCP reg. Dip Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
The Wilbury Clinic
64 Wilbury Road
New Road Consultancy
28 New Road
I am an experienced integrative and transpersonal psychotherapeutic counsellor, and combine a variety of approaches to suit your needs. Working with warmth, empathy and gentle curiosity, I offer a confidential space in which to compassionately explore what is troubling you as well as your hopes and dreams. Establishing a trusting relationship in which you feel safe to explore whatever you wish is an important part of the work. I offer counselling for individuals, children and couples counselling.
My approach collaborative and non-judgemental. It includes paying attention to what is happening in body, feelings, mind and imagination or spirit. You may be looking for support through a time of difficulty, wish to explore issues from your past which are causing you suffering, or find the courage to do things differently.
We may focus on talking - simply being heard and understood on a deep level can bring about changes. I also offer the opportunity to work with art materials, images, movement and with bringing compassionate attention to the body.
Working with art forms such as painting, clay, sand tray, writing or using visualisations can help you explore things you somehow know, but cannot easily put into words, or find imaginative solutions to problems. You don't have to be good at art to work in this way.
Unexpressed feelings, thoughts and memories can be stored in the body. Bringing mindful attention to the body to help restore a sense of calm and release symptoms of trauma in a safe, manageable way. Movement can help you access knowledge that lies within, in an embodied way, avoiding a mind-body split.
The therapeutic relationship can provide a means of exploring other relationships and of repairing or re-negotiating patterns of relating.
I enjoy working with a diverse range of people and have a special interest in working with people who are seeking to live more creatively.
I offer short or long term work and we can agree this when we meet. Short term work provides he opportunity to focus on specific difficulties or crises in the present; long term work offers the opportunity for a deeper exploration of issues which may have their roots in the past.
How therapy can help:
The work may be different for each and include:
- Support through unexpected life events, periods of change, loss or bereavement
- Managing and finding a way through depression
- Developing a greater sense of self esteem and acceptance
- Learning to manage and understand anxiety and other difficult and overwhelming emotions
- Developing better relationships with yourself, others and the world
- Release from fixed patterns of behaviour that are no longer helpful
- Resolving and integrating past traumas
- Reconnecting to or finding purpose and direction
- Dealing with a loss of identity or sense of meaning
- Realising your potential
- Exploring your sexuality and sexual relationships
- Exploring your spirituality or working through a spiritual crisis
- Building awareness through a soulful exploration of your inner world
- Recovering a sense of vitality and spontaneity
Sometimes insights and changes happen spontaneously and naturally during therapy, at other times they require longer and need more attention: staying with difficulties and uncertainity in order to gain better understanding. This is where the therapeutic relationship can provide support and challenge.
Issues people bring:
Often the 'problem' is the way into discovering new possibilities. I work with a wide range of issues.
I work with:
Adults feeling ‘stuck’ or confused, or experiencing difficulties with relationships, grief or loss, depression, stress, redundancy, work – life balance, eating disorders, low self esteem, anxiety, early attachment issues, trauma and abuse, mid-life crisis, sexuality and spirituality.
Children and young people struggling to manage emotions, situations or transitions which feel too big for them to handle.
Couples facing difficulties in their relationship who are looking to find more fulfilling ways of relating and communicating or deciding whether to stay together or part.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are weekly.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my core training in Psychosynthesis (an integrative and transpersonal approach), I have also attended training in use of the arts and working somatically and with movement. I include Jungian and humanistic ideas and understanding of Gestalt, Attachment Theory, Object Relations, psychodynamic work, neuroscience and art therapy in the work.
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Institute of Psychosynthesis
Certificate in Counselling Skills with Children using the Arts - Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
Certificate in Couples Counselling using the Arts - Time2relate
Sesame Practitioner: 'Psyche and Soma' course - using movement, story enactment, drama, play and applying Laban's principles of movement to therapy
I am completing and MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at Terapia
BA Honours in German and Subsidiary French
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (secondary)
Diploma in Primary Education Studies
Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Therapeutic Story Writing training
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Individuals: £60 per hour. Couples: £75.00. Prices are reviewed annually.
I established my practice in April 2010. I also have a variety of experience in the world of education, having worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, teacher trainer and consultant for foreign languages in primary schools, a tutor for school refusers, cared-for children and teacher of English as a foreign language. I also work as a school counsellor. I bring to my work a passion for the arts, particularly contemporary dance, and belief in the healing power of creativity.
Where to find me
Both practices are easily accessible on foot and by bus.
New Road Consultancy is close to the Royal Pavilion and Old Steine, where numerous buses stop. There is also an NCP car park nearby and cheaper parking in the residential areas on the other side of the Old Steine, near American Express. It is located above the estate agent 'Leader's', opposite the Theatre Royal. It is approximately 15 minutes walk from Brighton railway station.
The Wilbury Clinic, Hove is close to Hove Railway station, in Wilbury Road near the junction with Cromwell Road. There is on street metered parking at £1.00 per hour. It is on many bus routes - accessible from Western Road or Cromwell Road.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||German, some French|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|