Catherine Pearce BA, PhD, PG Dip, MBACP
BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist. Full time private practice based in central Reading and in Wheatley, near Oxford.
I work with individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties, depression, anger, anxiety and stress, low self confidence and low self esteem, relationship issues, work related problems, loss and bereavement, or who feel their lives are empty or meaningless.
Training, qualifications & experience
Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Post-graduate diploma in Counselling (University of Reading).
BA (Hons), PhD.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school trauma
£50 for each session (50 minutes).
People seek counselling and psychotherapy for many different reasons. Some people come because they have feelings they have difficulty coping with, or because they feel low or depressed or seem to have no feelings at all. Others suffer from anxiety or may feel compelled to do things which are restricting their lives. Some may have physical symptoms which do not respond to medical treatment. Others find it difficult to form long-term or meaningful relationships. Some are struggling with a life situation which has become intolerable, and want help in coping with it. Many people may just feel empty or ‘stuck’, or that their lives lack meaning or fulfillment.
People with any of these problems, symptoms or states of mind may benefit from psychodynamic counselling. Counselling may help people to cope with the problems they are suffering from and to leave them behind.
What is psychodynamic counselling?
Theory suggests that our personalities are not purely determined by our genes, but are influenced by our early experiences and relationships. These experiences lead to the formation of behaviour patterns and feelings of which we are not consciously aware but which cause internal conflict, influence new relationships and cause us to act out familiar roles. These unconscious patterns may underlie the problems and symptoms we suffer from in later life. They are difficult to see for ourselves, without the help of another person.
Regular counselling sessions provide a setting within which the client and the counsellor, working together, can bring these unconscious patterns and conflicts into the open with a view to change.
Counselling is a unique and often profound experience that can lead not only to the alleviation of symptoms and removal of difficulties; it can also lead to long-term change in the way we live our lives and feel about ourselves and others.
Psychodynamic counselling is recommended by NICE for treating a range of mental health issues.
What will happen in the first meeting(s)?
I will tell you something about how counselling works and ask you some questions so that you can have an opportunity to tell me about yourself and what is troubling you. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. If we agree that counselling might be helpful for you, we will arrange to meet on a regular basis, at the same time(s) each week.
How much does it cost?
The initial meeting and subsequent meetings (which are 50 minutes long) costs £45. I also have a limited number of lower cost places, depending on means. If you would like counselling but think you cannot afford it, please discuss this at your initial meeting.
How long should I come for counselling?
That depends on why you are coming and what you want to achieve. If you feel you just need some help to get you through a difficult time in your life, you may want to agree a fixed number of sessions. If you want to work on something longer-term, you may want to keep it open-ended and review your decision later on.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client