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As human beings our lives cannot be untouched by suffering.
sometimes the suffering can feel so great that we begin to have difficulty living our everyday lives, and we may find all tasks a struggle.
Counselling involves being able to share difficult issues, thoughts and feelings in a safe, secure environment. It is not always easy to talk to those we love as we often don't want to hurt them, and do not want them to think badly of us, so working with a non judgemental, empathic counsellor can enable a person to explore issues openly.

I abide by the BACP code of ethics and collectively have a wide range of experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counsellor, Supervisor and group Trainer.

Diploma in CBT ( Cognitive Behavourial Therapy)- 2009
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling- 2008
Training & experience in Interpersonal therapy

I have specialist experience inc:
Young peoples counselling
Counselling for depression
Compassion focused personal development group work
Compassion focused therapy
Smoking Cessation
Solution focused therapy
Problem gambling
Couples therapy for depression

As an experienced and qualified Counsellor I am able to offer a variety of different counselling methods.

The methods of counselling I work with are:

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) - the main focus of IPT is on relationship problems and on helping the person to identify how they are feeling and behaving in their relationships. This type of counselling often benefits individuals who are suffering with depression,

Person Centred Counselling - This method offers an open forum to explore any issues causing an individual distress or anxiety and supports the individual to identify how they can move forward in their life. This counselling style works well for many who prefer a more holistic approach.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques (CBT- Style Counselling) - CBT techniques used within counselling help to support an individual to focus on a key issue or issues and identify negative patterns and offer solutions. These techniques often benefit individuals who are suffering with anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive behaviours and negative thinking. Sometimes people can find themselves in cycles of negative behaviours and this style of counselling can help to interrupt that cycle and support a person to change those behaviours.

Stress Control - Within the counselling environment there are emotional and thought focused tools and techniques that may be introduced to support with stress control on a day to day basis. These counselling techniques are generally incorporated with one of the previously mentioned methods of counselling and are found to be of benefit to individuals suffering with all types of stress.

General Counselling - I am able to work with individuals experiencing emotional difficulties with any aspect of their lives whether the issue be current or historically based.

Compassionate focused therapy
Compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Dr Paul Gilbert for people who are high in shame and self-criticism.  The main drive of CFT is to help a person develop a capacity for self-compassion and self-kindness. 

On a personal note, I am an approachable, genuine and open person. I do not judge and have a natural ability to support and empathise with others. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all regarding counselling and/or psychotherapy or if you would simply like more information.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Solution focused Therapy

Compassion focused Therapy

Compassion focused personal development courses

Couples counselling for depression

Problem Gambling


Additional information

Fees start from £45 per session. I don't automatically offer concessionary rates for but I am willing to have a conversation about this when asked.


Tuesday  9am- 7pm, Wednesday 9am- 7pm, Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-4pm

The Therapy Collective
6 Ermington Terrace


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Completed a 12 month Diploma in supervision accredited by The National Counselling Society, and awarded by Safe Space for Counselling.

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Catherine Hutchins

Catherine Hutchins