Cat Buchan MA UKCP (accred.)
Rutland House Counselling & Psychotherapy
7 Bowling Green Street
Hi. I'm Cat, a therapist accredited by the UKCP. 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 issues which negatively affect the quality of our experience, such as anxiety, depression, grief and difficulties in relationships with others and sometimes even with ourselves. If this is how you feel right now, I care about that and I would be willing to sit with you and help you with your personal exploration. Together, we can reflect on your experience and help you find a way through. Along with anxiety, depression and general confusion, I have particular experience working with clients with chronic illness, terminal illness and those who have suffered a bereavement. I also have worked a great deal with clients with issues around sexual identity and sexuality.
Fundamentally, 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. So, through creating a safe, open relationship in psychotherapy, we can explore these coping mechanisms, providing you with the opportunity to adapt and reinforce them for the current situation and for the future.
I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you as you get to know and better understand yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a psychotherapist, accredited by the U. K. Council of Psychotherapists. 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
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|
I will have evening availability starting in September.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|