Cathy Boyd

Cathy Boyd


0117 924 5731

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0117 924 5731

About me

I am a UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist working in private practice in Bishopston. I have been working with clients for over 15 years initially as a counsellor and more recently as a psychotherapist.

My approach is client centred. This mean that I help you to get to know your inner world and your feelings and do not impose meanings on you or make interpretations. I help you to gain your own insights and encourage you in developing your own meaning-making ability. My aim is to increase a sense of autonomy and empowerment through awareness.

I work with empathy and connection, I am not detached or clinical. I try to stay constantly in touch with how you are feeling in the present moment, and aware of my own responses to you. I work with you as a unique person and and address you as the person you are, rather than put you in a category or type.Therapy goes at your pace and with respect for your current ways of coping and functioning. If you have defences in place which you would rather do without then we can work gently towards the point where you no longer need them, however other preparatory work has to be done first. At all times I am guided by you and how you are responding to my interventions.

The therapeutic relationship should feel safe and boundaried. It is a special relationship which is entirely for your benefit and where the focus is entirely on you. With time we can build up enough trust for you to be able to express feelings safely and explore difficult or shameful areas of your experience.

The initial session is an opportunity for us to meet and decide whether we want to work together. It is without commitment on either side. From my side I shall assess whether or not I can help you and give you an honest opinion. You are welcome to use this session in any way you like, perhaps by bringing along an issue you would like to discuss, or by talking more generally and finding out more about me.

You are welcome to ring me to speak to me on the phone, or to email me if you prefer. I can often answer the phone during daytime and early evenings, but if I am not at home please leave a message and I shall pick it up within one or two hours on weekdays.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in gestalt psychotherapy and diploma in gestalt counselling and am UKCP registered. In the past I worked as a student counsellor, and for the last eight years I have been working private practice from home.

My practice is responsible, safe and ethical. I abide by the UKCP Code of Practice, and receive regular professional supervision for my work. I regularly update my practice with continued professional development.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Individuals £45.00

Couples £55.00

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme