Hello, my name is Catherine Jennings, welcome to my profile. I am a Nottingham based counsellor offering individual therapy for adults and teenagers.
I am currently working via Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype and telephone.
I have over 18 years of counselling experience and educated to MA level. I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
The areas I specialise in are exploring romantic attachment, working with teenagers and antenatal/ postnatal issues.
What I offer:
Clients seek me out for all sorts of reasons - maybe they're having relationship problems, have a heart sink boss/ colleague, are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, depression or loneliness. Sometimes clients want emotional support and a safe, confidential space in which to address and talk through specific problems such as a painful break up, end of a friendship or childhood abuse. Others may want support in making decisions, coping with crisis, working through feelings and inner conflict or improving their communication and relationships with others.
I have a special interest in the subject of " Attachment in Romantic Relationships" and find that although people come to see me about all sorts of issues, sooner or later, our conversations lead to the subject of their love lives...or lack of. Through my knowledge on the subject of Adult Attachment I am able to help clients learn more about their own unique attachment style ( ie their need for closeness and intimacy within a relationship or discomfort and avoidance of such closeness) and find a more positive path forwards in their personal relationships.
I have also worked as a midwife so both men and women contact me regarding upsetting birth experiences, antenatal and postnatal depression, infertility, IVF, miscarriage, relationship changes, loss and adjustment to parenthood.
Having worked in Education as a college counsellor I have an understanding of the issues teenagers face. I feel privileged to have supported many young people through challenging times. Common themes young people bring are around identity, wanting to fit in and belong, sexuality, school/ college pressures, sleep problems, nightmares, anxiety, homelife worries, self harming, drugs, loneliness, anger, love, rejection .... If you are a teenager or parent of a teenager looking for a private counsellor please contact me with any questions.
Whatever the reason for seeking counselling I always aim to provide a warm, safe and empathic environment for the exploration of painful and sensitive subjects. I believe you are your own expert and will offer you time, attention and respect. Most clients find me easy to talk to and I want to help you find your own way through challenging issues and believe this is possible with trust and support.
Benefits of counselling:
If you are wondering whether counselling is for you - there are many positives aspects of coming for counselling: first of all, it can feel a huge relief to express your private thoughts and feelings ( and often tears) in a non-judgemental, confidential setting to somebody you trust who is totally separate from the rest of your life - it can feel much better than bottling it all up! Ideas, thoughts and feelings that you feel embarrassed or ashamed of can be aired, explored and contemplated together within the privacy and safety of my therapy room.
A longer term benefit of counselling is positive change. Time and time again I see that clients have a natural tendency to move towards their own growth and healing. After just a few sessions clients often notice that they are beginning to see themselves more clearly, are able to explore their options more deeply and make more conscious choices as to the direction they wish their life to take.
Clients may choose to explore previously fearful or upsetting experiences - abuse, neglect, violence, bullying. Whilst this can feel difficult at the time and there is no “quick fix” it can be positive to witness clients gradually coming to terms with negative past experiences and see the power these negative thoughts and feelings used to have, gradually diminish and lose their hold. It can be liberating to finally lie certain issues to rest and for certain issues to eventually become non issues.
There are many other potential benefits of counselling, far too many to talk about here!
However, a final one I'll mention is that often as we get to explore, discover, know and understand ourselves better - we can’t help but become more aware of our feelings and those of others and start to live more spontaneously and mindfully in the present moment. Which is positive for our wellbeing and potentially for our relationships with others.
I hope I have given you a flavour of what I offer. If you would like an initial appointment with me you can text, phone or email me to arrange it. I can usually offer you an appointment within 1 week and sometimes have emergency appointments available at short notice.
I offer flexibility regarding appointment days and times and work mornings, afternoons and evenings.
I look forward to hearing from you and will always respond promptly to your enquiry.
If you arriving by car I live on a residential street with free, unlimited on street parking. If you are driving from Derby or Leicester I am situated between Junction 25 and 26 of the M1.
If you are arriving by bicycle I have safe bike storage.
If you are arriving by bus - the Nottingham City Transport number 35 bus from Nottingham city centre to Bulwell passes near here and the Trent Barton "the two" stops on Trowell Road just around the corner.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Counselling (Distinction) (University of Nottingham).
Psychol BSc Hons Psychology (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Pre Reg Dip Midwifery (University of Nottingham).
Certificate, Life Coaching (Newcastle College)
Supervision Diploma ( Not completed yet - Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute Nottingham).
TA101 Transactional Analysis The Berne Institute
Dream Training with Alan Leach
LGBTQ Training with Sam Hope
Let's talk about Sex - Inspire CPD
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I have worked as a counsellor for over 18 years, initially in a GP surgery and local college and in Private Practice for 15 years.
As a member of the BACP I work within the BACP "Ethical Framework" and within their "Guidelines for Good Practice".
I have full Public Liability Insurance and attend clinical supervision four times a month.
I am actively engaged in ongoing Continual Professional Development ( CPD) and outside of this pandemic run 6 monthly Personal development/ CPD groups.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other issues people might want support with are:
transgender issues ( support in transitioning from male to female or female to male)
life transitions (such as career change, moving house/area, empty nest, new parenthood)
work issues ( redundancy, panic attacks, bullying, stress and pressure)
loss (of a relationship, through ageing, of friendships)
bereavement ( of a loved one or loved pet)
Concessions offered for
£50 per 60 minute session for individual counselling (£45 for those on a low income)
£70 per 90 minute session for individual counselling
I can offer emergency appointments at short notice and initial appointments within one week. Morning, afternoons and evenings appointments available. Concessions for those on a low income.
I work individually with each client and will work creatively together if that is what you like. I'm a Humanistic counsellor and am open to working with clay, sand, objects, drawings, time lines and memory jars if we agree it will help our therapeutic goals. I have received Dream Training and enjoy working with your dreams.