Catherine Hutchins

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Reg M.Bacp Counsellor, Supervisor, trainer Reg MBACP
Available for new clients
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Plymouth PL4 & PL2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 have worked in private practice for over 12 years and have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience, both through my client work and extra study. I find all human beings extraordinary and believe we all have the resources deep within ourselves to live fulfilled and contended lives. Through the medium of a deep therapeutic relationship we will work together to facilitate a reconnection with the self.

The Counselling/therapy I offer helps a person to connect to their strengths, values and self-regard, to move away from suffering and step into a space of inner resourcefulness and contentment.

I abide by the BACP code of ethics and collectively.

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Solution focused Therapy

Compassion focused Therapy

Compassion focused personal development courses

Couples counselling for depression

Problem Gambling


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Fees start from £50 per session. I don't automatically offer concessionary rates for counselling students but I am willing to have a conversation about this when asked.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday  9am- 5.30pm, Wednesday 9am- 6pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-4pm

The Therapy Collective, 6 Ermington Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6QG

Plymouth, Devon, PL2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Free council parking outside building

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In person

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

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