Cat Buchan MA UKCP(accred.) MBACP
108-110 New Walk
Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy
7 Bowling Green Street
Hi. I'm Cat, a therapist accredited by the UKCP and a member of BACP. I offer a no obligation free initially assessment appointment in which we can meet and decide whether we are comfortable working together.
At times in our lives we each experience situations which negatively affect the quality of our experience. Issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and difficulties in relationships with others and, sometimes, even with ourselves can cause ongoing distress and get in the way of everyday life.
Coming for therapy or counselling can be difficult: Sharing our story with a stranger can not only feel scary, it can make our pain and discomfort seem more real and feel more intense.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Psychotherapist. This means that I have a broad knowledge base and experience to draw upon as we try to understand you and your concerns better. I trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and am willing to work with students.
I offer a relational, developmental approach to therapy: I believe that, through our early relationships we each develop coping mechanisms in order to deal with day-to-day living. Unfortunately, at times of pressure, stress or conflict - often the very times when we need these strategies most - they can fail us.
I believe that, through developing a safe, open relationship in psychotherapy, we can explore how you cope. This reflection can help you adapt and reinforce your coping mechanisms for the current situation and for the future.
I have long experience offering support to individuals going through difficult times in their lives due to anxiety, depression and people having difficulty finding direction in their lives.. I have particular experience supporting people suffering from chronic or terminal illness and with bereaved people, exploring the many complex issues which arise at such times.
I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you as you get to know and better understand yourself.
I also offer couples therapy to help you understand your relationship and help improve communication between you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a psychotherapist, accredited by the U. K. Council of Psychotherapists and a member of BACP. I have been awarded an M.A. degree by the University of Birmingham based on my work with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in Nottingham.
I have experience working with clients who come for therapy with a variety of 'issues'. There are some themes common to many clients: I am skilled at encouraging adaptation to negative thinking patterns alongside the longer-term, more challenging aspect of therapy, namely healing the hurt which remains.
I have long experience offering support to people going through difficult times in their lives. The majority of my experience has been with people suffering from chronic or terminal illness and with bereaved people, exploring the many complex issues which arise at such times. I also have experience working with clients with issues relating to sexuality and gender identity. A common theme present for a majority of clients is understanding their coping mechanisms and shoring these up for the present situation.
As well as my private counselling work, I have volunteered as a counsellor with a local charity, Coping With Cancer, since 2009.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£50 for a 50 min session with individuals, £70 for a 50 min session of couple counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me to know my current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|