Catherine Goldsmith BA (Hons), Reg.MBACP, BAPCA

Catherine Goldsmith  BA (Hons),  Reg.MBACP, BAPCA


01425 674325 / 07598 864559

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01425 674325 / 07598 864559

About me

Welcome, I am a professional Counsellor/Psychotherapist offering a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental, safe-space to those wishing to explore and understand their life difficulties. I'm experienced in working with a wide range of topics including: relationship issues, anxiety, abuse, low self esteem/self confidence, bereavement, depression, addiction, truama, sexuality, anger, illness or disability. I work among peaceful surroundings using a face to face approach where no topic is considered unworthy or too small. In addition I've lectured university students on a BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy degree programme and provide Supervisory support for other professional Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

We all experience times in our lives where the strength of our emotions seems to overwhelm us. Feelings such as: fear, anger, sadness, confusion, desperation, helplessness or despair can ultimately lead us to feeling distressed. Counselling/Psychotherapy can be a really useful way of helping us make sense of these emotions and the root to their presence, thus bringing fresh insights and understanding that help us to move on with our lives in a way, and at a pace, that feels right for us.

As an experienced therapist of 15yrs, I can fully appreciate how daunting it is to search for a Counsellor/Psychotherapist who feels right for you. This is not at all unusual and reflects a need for you to feel comfortable with your choice. You may find it helpful to arrange an initial session with your chosen Counsellor/Psychotherapist - this time can be used to sensitively look at the things that are troubling you, whilst also providing you with a 'feel for the process' before deciding to embark on further sessions. This initial session is common practice in the world of Counselling/Psychotherapy and is considered very useful for both clients and therapists alike.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any queries regarding my qualifications, experience, or practice.

If you wish to make an appointment please feel free to use the contact details provided - should I be unavailable when you call, please do leave a clear message containing your name and contact number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest and I look forward to speaking with you soon...

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a full member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and bound by their professional code of ethics.

My qualifications include:

BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy: PCA (1st class)
Diploma Theory & Practice of Counselling: PCA
Diploma Casework Supervision
Advanced Cert Humanistic Counselling
Cert Couple/Relationship Counselling
Cert Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Cert Group Work
Cert Information Advice & Guidance
Registered Nurse (Ret)

Other therapies I have studied include: Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Existential.

My experience includes:

Counselling within my own Private Practice.
Counselling both staff and students at Southampton University.
Lecturer BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy Middx University/City College.
Supervising the casework of other professional Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

Counselling those caught up in addiction.
Counselling those who have become ill or disabled.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Initial exploritory session (1 hour) - £50
Subsequent sessions (1 hour) - £50
(1-1/2 hours) - £80

Concessions negotiable for students and those experiencing financial difficulty.

Further information

I provide Casework Supervision to other professional therapists.
I provide client support for Employee Assistance Programmes.
I provide client support to the Meningitis Trust and Channel 4.
I welcome enquiries from ex-servicemen and women.

I am a full member of BACP and BAPCA.
I hold professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am CRB checked.
Registered Nurse (Ret).

Maps & Directions

Christchurch, BH23

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme