Catherine McCabe Psychoanalyst BPC, BACP, BPAS
Are you looking for help? I am a qualified psychoanalyst with over 10 years experience in private practice and the NHS. My consulting rooms are in Highgate N6 and I offer a safe, non-judgemental space in which to explore whatever it is that may be troubling you.
I hope I can give you a sense on this page of how I work and how I might be able to help you.
Sometimes one of the hardest steps can be to make the decision to ask for help. If you are looking at this website you may well be considering whether to do that. I am very aware that making that first contact is difficult and with so many different therapists and types of therapies on offer it can be very hard to know what might be right for you, and your situation. The way I work is to offer initial consultation sessions, in which we would meet and take some time to think together about whatever is the problem, and for you then to have the opportunity to decide if it feels right for you. It is very important to find someone with whom you can feel comfortable and can trust in order for the therapy to be helpful.
Often of course it's possible to resolve problems without seeking help but at other times I believe that analysis/therapy can make a very real difference. Talking to an analyst is very different from talking to family, friends or loved ones; you can say exactly what you feel without the fear of hurting or upsetting those you care about.
I have experience in working across a very wide spectrum of issues, including difficulties arising because of physical or emotional abuse or trauma, bereavement, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, phobias, relationship issues, difficulties with anger, problems connected to infertility, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and overeating), and problems relating to obsessive behaviours or thinking. In addition I have worked with many people who have been sexually abused in childhood.
My core training is in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. What does that mean?
Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapies are based on the idea that we unconsciously repeat patterns from our past in current lives. Sometimes we may be aware already of these patterns, but at other time they may be more hidden from consciousness. These thoughts and emotions by their very nature are deep rooted and often can very unhelpful and destructive.
So, as well as providing a safe space in which to talk, my aim is to try to explore and understand these less conscious aspects of the thoughts, feelings and behaviour which may be contributing to whatever it is that has caused you to seek help. What that means is that I do not offer advice, or tell you what to do, or what not to do. Instead, together we try to understand the difficulties as you describe them and make sense of their meaning for you. Gaining insight into the nature of underlying emotional problems in this way can bring relief, and also opens up the possibility of changing the unhelpful patterns that were being repeated without awareness.
I hope that I have given some idea of how I work, but if you would like more information or would like to arrange a preliminary meeting please do contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Full Adult Training in Psychoanalysis
Institute of Psychoanalysis
Member of British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS)
M.A. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Intermediate Clinical Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which has an international reputation for clinical excellence.
As well as my private practice I have clinical experience in a number of mental health settings. As part of my training I have worked in the Adult Department at the Tavistock and Portman Trust, and also the psychotherapy department of a NHS Trust in St. Albans. In addition to my private practice I work at the Camden Psychotherapy Unit which offers long term therapy for those on low-income/benefits.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
My fees are on a sliding scale and dependent on income. The fee for the initial consultation is £70 and on-going fees would be discussed at this meeting. I do also sometimes have lower fee places available.
My training has been registered by the BPC and I am an accredited member of the BACP. I am also a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals. I am also a UKRCP Registered Independent Psychotherapist.
I work within strict guidelines for the profession, have supervision, and undertake regular professional development. I have full professional indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays - daytime and evening
Types of client