Hi. My name’s Cat. I'm an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
I know that deciding to reach out and speak to a counsellor can be daunting; having received counselling and therapy myself as part of my training I know how it feels to be in the other chair.
First steps into any new arena are often difficult , but I’ll do everything I can to help you feel comfortable.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualification as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor is with the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy; and I am registered with the BACP and the UKCP and I abide by their ethical frameworks.
My work is grounded in a relational, person-centred approach. I focus very much on developing a warm, non judgemental relationship while also utilising the analytical aspects of Transactional Analysis and the Psychodynamic Approach. Where appropriate, I find it can be helpful and illuminating to incorporate a variety of creative media.
I am also a fully qualified child and adolescent therapist.
I have a breadth of experience of working therapeutically with adults, children and young people who came to counselling for many different reasons, such as severe and mild depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, childhood or adulthood trauma or abuse, bereavement, social phobia, difficulties coping with anger, relationship issues, self-harming behaviours; clients who have faced homelessness, struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, struggled with attachment, have felt suicidal, are experiencing sexual difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder, and with young offenders.
I have recently completed a Certificate in Supervision with the Manchester Intitute for Psychotherapy and am offering a reduced rate of £30 while I build up my hours and experience.
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, from my previous career, working with vulnerable young people and adults often with mental health issues.
As a counsellor and play therapist I have worked in primary and secondary schools across the region, as well as for Sunderland Counselling Services, Your Homes Newcastle and the Youth Offending Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial 50 minute session: £20 (an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable)
Individual sessions: £40
Supervision: £30 (currently reduced)
Couples initial session: £30, and therafter £60
I operate a social pricing structure if you have a low income. Please ask.
Our well-being is affected by many factors; sometimes there is clear cause for our discomfort, but sometimes the story begins in the distant past. Until now we have coped but a recent event has just tipped us over the edge and everything just feels overwhelming.
In addition to external events, everyone’s life story creates a unique way of thinking about the world which can often feel very lonely or confusing.
I do believe that we all have within us a perfect intuition designed to guide us on our best path through life. Imperfect external circumstances often prevent us from hearing it, or we hear it but don’t recognise or act on it. Initially there would have been good reasons for this; however, once we’re off the path, it’s much harder to find the way back. We can start going around in circles and feel a bit lost.
If you decide to work with me I will walk gently, attentively and respectfully at your side as you begin to retrace your steps and find your own way again. As your journey progresses, in the company of a non-judgemental other, your self-awareness will gradually heighten. The emotional healing process which comes with looking at things in this safe, confidential and supportive space frequently brings a sense of relief and frees you up to live more autonomously and joyously in the present.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8am - 8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|