Cathie O'Brien MA, BACP (Senior accred), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Cathie O'Brien MA, BACP (Senior accred), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

TreeView Counselling & Psychotherapy
1st Floor Office, The Old Bakery
Portsmouth Road
Bursledon, Southampton
SO31 8EQ


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TreeView Counselling & Psychotherapy
1st Floor Office, The Old Bakery
Portsmouth Road
Bursledon, Southampton
SO31 8EQ


About me


I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and Supervisor, with 30 years’ experience working within the NHS, Education, Social Care and Private Care sectors. I have been practising as a therapist since 2001 working with Adults, Children and Young People and I also work in a consultancy capacity with organisations and multi-agency professionals delivering organisational development, clinical supervision, reflective space, multi - agency therapeutic meetings and training.

My experience leading a mental health team within the NHS (CAMHS), as well as working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings, such as social care, education, the private sector and higher education settings, has given me a breadth of knowledge, experience and understanding that enables me to work effectively with primary issues such as bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship problems, bullying, depression and anxiety as well as more complex issues such as developmental trauma i.e. Complex PTSD, attachment issues, abuse and complex/worrying behaviours in children and young people. (please see a breakdown of my work experience under the supervision section ).

My Psychotherapy practice is less than 1 mile from junction 8 of the M27, Just off the A27, and has free parking on the main road outside or further down the road, just past the shops, there is a short stay car park which is also free.

My practice is above a shop called Complexions and there is a side entrance for you to use. Here there is an intercom system installed, which has Tree View written on it, please ring this on arrival. The practice is in the back of the building, overlooking the garden, and has a tree view - it is very peaceful and quiet. Please see the picture above showing the room layout.

Please see my website for further information -

(HAPTS) Separate from the above, I have specialised in working with organisations who work with extremely distressed young people, who can display complex and challenging behaviours, mainly children in care, BESD schools, fostering and adoption and school inclusion units. Please see my website regarding this separate work -

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Qualifications:
MA Gestalt Psychotherapy - qualified to work with individuals and groups.

UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapist (Adults)
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist (Children and Young Persons)

Registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Approved Supervisor
BACP Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist
(Search the register under Catherine O’Brien)

Core Qualifications:
PG Dip Gestalt Therapy
ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education)
NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing)

Supervision Qualifications and Training:
Diploma in Supervision.
UKCP Registered as an Approved Supervisor.
NHS Training in Clinical Supervision.
Robin Shohet The Supervisory Relationship: Difficulties and Delights

Organisational Development:
Currently undertaking a Diploma in Relational Organisational Gestalt leading to GPO (Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations) Accreditation with EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Therapy).

Undertaking The Foundation Year of the Diploma in Yoga, consisting of 60 hrs, with the inner yoga trust.

Other Training:
Play Therapy.
AIM 2 Trained ( Not Practising).
Training in Youth mental Health.
ESTD Foundation Course Understanding and working with Dissociation.
SCID-D: Evidence based diagnosis and informed treatment for dissociative disorders and complex PTSD ( Not Practising).
Heather Geddes  Working with attachment issues in young clients.
Pat Ogden New Directions in Child and Adolescent treatment - A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach (SPI).
Gilles Delisle Supervised practicum in Object Relational Gestalt Therapy.
NHS Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

My Publications:
ATTACHMENT JOURNAL - New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 7 No 1 March 2013, The Bowlby Centre, Karnac, Article - Disorganised and in Care - 2nd Edition. (Link)
BACP CYP Journal, March 2012, Book Review - Disorganised Attachment & Care Giving.
BACP CYP Journal, Dec 2011, Article - Disorganised and in Care. (Link)
BAAF have requested permission to use the above article in their training settings

DBS: I hold an up to date Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.

People searching for a therapist often struggle to understand what all the different qualifications, accreditations and registrations mean, so I have tried to break this down for you

What does accreditation mean?
The term accreditation means an individual therapist, after gaining qualification at either Diploma, BA or MA level, has undergone a rigorous assessment process of their work and ability to put theory into practice via case studies, evidence, a sound understanding of their governing bodies ethical framework and a substantial amount of client contact hours. This process can take over two years to complete.

What does senior accreditation mean?
This means that the therapist, after a period of accreditation as outlined above, has undergone a further rigorous assessment process and is considered an experienced practitioner due to the amount of years in practice and substantial amount of client contact hours.This is evidenced by their supervised practice hours, case study, understanding of their governing bodies ethical framework and ability to put theory in to practice.

What does registration mean?
This means an individual has been granted registration, after a process of accreditation or qualification, with a governing body such as the UKCP or BACP.

The BACP also grant registration to individuals who have not completed an accreditation process but have completed a proficiency test showing that they work within the organisations ethical framework - This is separate to and different from accreditation.

Please click on the below logos to find out more about what registration and accreditation mean.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment and Trauma issues / Children in Care / BESD Schools / Supervision / Consultancy / Training


Tree View costs:
Therapy session, 50 minutes, £50.
HAPTS costs:
There is a separate price list for work commissioned by organisations from the public or private sectors and this is due to the often multi- systemic aspects of the work referred and the high level of intensity and complexity involved.

Further information

BACP CYP DEC 2011 Disorganised and in Care
BACP CYP March 2012 Book review, Disorganised Attachment and Care Giving.
Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, March 2013, Disorganised and in Care (2nd Edition). Karnac Books.
BAAF have requested permission to use the above article in their training settings.

Maps & Directions

Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8EQ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


This service is currently full

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold a Diploma in Supervision and UKCP Registration as an Approved Supervisor, and I am currently undertaking training in Organisationl Development with ROG (Relational Organisational Gestalt).

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