Catherine Haughton Dip. Couns. MBACP
When we lose our way or are impacted by a sudden event we sometimes need a helping hand to rediscover ourselves and find solutions to what can seem like difficult or even impossible situations. I believe we all have the potential to find another way that is right for us and heal ourselves by drawing on our inner awareness and strengths to bring about acceptance and change. Professional counselling can provide the support and assistance needed to overcome difficulties and make the changes required to continue our life's journey. I have many years experience counselling adults and children with a wide range of difficulties and particularly with bereavement and carers' issues.
I offer a safe and confidential counselling space for you to explore your difficulties. I can help you with anxiety, depression, life transitions, loss, troubling thoughts & relationship issues. Contact me now for a free initial consultation to discuss how counselling can help you with your situation.
I am a qualified, experienced Integrative Counsellor. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical guidelines.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling depending on the person's needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited)
My core training is in Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis therapies. I blend these in my work as a Humanistic Integrative therapist.
Bereavement Counselling (2009)
Group Work (2014)
Disordered Eating (2012)
Working with Children - A Gestalt Expressive Arts Approach (2012)
Attachment Theory & Practice (2010)
Play Therapy (2009)
Child Development (2004)
Diploma in Psychology (2003)
In addition to my private practice work I have counselling experience gained in a number of settings including a hospital, hospice, carer's emotional support service and primary schools. Since 2008 I have worked extensively with people caring for a relative or friend having physical or mental health problems or terminal illness. Counselling helps carers (professional and non-professional) to look after themselves and provides a safe place to offload feelings and frustrations and to talk about the role of carer they have taken on. This provides restorative energy to enable continuing caring work.
I worked in a hospice for four years, helping patients come to terms with the implications of their terminal diagnoses. I counselled their family members and friends through the bereavement process of mourning, their journey towards acceptance of their loss and adjustment to a new sense of self. I have also worked with clients pre-death of a loved one with terminal illness, through the death experience and their grieving afterwards. Counselling can be particularly helpful when a person feels stuck in their grieving, has no other outlet for their sad thoughts and feelings or is finding difficulty adapting to life without the person who is ill or has died.
Additionally I work as a school Counsellor. I use Play Therapy in my work with young children and find that Expressive Arts is helpful with children of all ages. I work directively and non-directively as appropriate with each child.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Short Initial Consultation Free of Charge (30 mins).
Counselling Sessions £45/£50 depending on location (50 mins).
Reduced rates for counselling students.
Payments & cancellations
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise the full fee is still payable. I accept cash and cheques as payment as well as direct bank transfers. I am unable to take card payments.
I am experienced and trained in working with all age groups. I am especially interested in working with Carers, Bereavement and Loss, Stress and Personal Development. My practice is in Penshurst.
I can offer late evening appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer flexibility with early and late weekday appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|