Katherine Uher, BACP (Accred)
The Therapy Centre
I offer a quiet, private space within the centre of Morpeth and specialize in working with HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE. Have you ever been accused of being too sensitive? Do you struggle to switch off your thoughts? Do you find daily stress to be too much?
The term “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP) is unfamiliar to many, but it is exactly what it says. People who are Highly Sensitive are more sensitive in every way: physically, emotionally and mentally. This is also referred to as having a Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS). SPS is not a disability or a condition that gets diagnosed. It’s considered a neutral trait like having blue eyes or being left handed. It is thought that 15 – 20% of the general population have SPS. I identified myself as being highly sensitive in the late 1990’s. It inspired me to study psychology and mental health.
Highly Sensitive People are often creative, empathetic, self reflective and (when calm) intuitive. Unfortunately heightened sensitivity can mean that we experience routine stress as trauma. To cope HSPs often become hyper vigilant in certain aspects of their lives, striving for perfectionism, trying to do what we can to alleviate the unknowns. We might analyse every social transaction in fine detail until we’re exhausted. Our anxiety can lead to self-fulfilling prophecies and over time such stress has an erosive effect on the self and can lead to generalized anxiety, depression, panic attacks, sleep difficulties and emotional exhaustion.
Of course not everyone who is Highly Sensitive will have such extreme difficulties or suffer from a build up of stress. I’ve met many people who are highly sensitive who simply suspect that they feel or think more deeply. They’re coping well but would like more self awareness, strategies for self care and validation from someone who understands.
“Many have found seeking outside professional help from those who are educated about SPS to be helpful — mainly to help them reframe and understand their experiences as being normal.” ~ Elain Aron
Both counselling and psychotherapy can be good options for people with heightened sensitivity. Counselling (which is expected to be less invasive that psychotherapy) would be well suited for people wishing to grow their self understanding and learn techniques for self care. Psychotherapy could offer that as well as an opportunity to explore wounds which have arisen as a result of being overlooked or repeatedly overwhelmed.
There is no need to prove that you are Highly Sensitive. I feel that those of us just know and that’s good enough for me. I’m happy to work with anyone who feels a need to discuss and develop self-management skills. It is my wish to assist people in lessening the stress of living.
How to start counseling
It’s common that people starting therapy for the first time feel nervous and unsure as to what to expect. Here is a list of the usual steps for starting therapy:
- We’ll agree a time to have our session.
- On the day of our appointment you will come to the building and wait in the reception area, where I will meet you. (If we are having a phone or Skype appointment those arrangements will be made via email before hand)
- Each session last for fifty minutes. During our first session you will have an opportunity to share why you’ve come and to decide if you would like to continue on with further sessions. There is never an obligation to have additional sessions.
- If you do decide you would like to go further then I will go away and formulate an integrative therapy plan tailored to suite you.
I am available Mon, Wed, Thursday and Sunday. 9-2.
If you feel interested in arranging an appointment send me an email letting me know what time and day work best for you. There is no need to include personal information at this stage, unless you wish to. If you would like a phone or Skype appointment please make sure to mention that.
If you are coming in person you might want to look at www.watson-house.com to get an idea of the building where we will meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered member of the BACP
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counseling (With Merit)
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis
- Mental health author and journalist
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
There is also a condition called Sensory Processing Disorder, (different from Sensory Processing Sensitivity) which can be diagnosed. Sensory Processing Disorder is an extremely common facet of autism. These two different conditions, while both are about heightened sensitivity, they originate from different areas in the brain. However I find, because they are both about a experiencing life in a more extreme way, that both people with SPS & SPD often benefit from similar therapeutic techniques.
£40 Per 50 minutes (Single session)
£70 Per 100 minutes (Double session)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
9:00 -2:00 (Last appointment starting at 1:00)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 9:00 -2:00 (Last appointment starting at 1:00)
Types of client