Dr Catalina Mena

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Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

London NW5 & NW1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Reasons for seeking counselling may vary and these could include a wide range of psychological or emotional distress as well as the need to explore your life more deeply or reflect on particular life decisions or dilemmas.

The way we approach challenges in life and the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that arise from them can sometimes be the source of further suffering which can be experienced as shame, self-criticism, isolation, self-loathing, self-blame and deep emotional suffering.

Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore and become aware of the way we relate and respond to our world as well as the narratives we create about our lives. By committing to this exploratory work, it is possible, through mindful and compassionate awareness, to identify the patterns that create suffering and despair.

Psychotherapy enables the ability to identify and name our experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space, whether these are deep-rooted emotions or limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world. Through this awareness, a new perspective can emerge, which can lead to positive changes and a better relationship with ourselves and others.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and UKCP accredited Psychotherapist. I have worked for the NHS for several years as well as for several mental health charities. 

I have experience working with clients with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, abuse, trauma, relationship issues, women’s health, cancer and chronic health conditions.

My approach to therapy has been influenced by existential philosophy as well as psychological models, such as psychodynamic theories, CBT, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy.

I also use a relational centred approach where I see the therapy as a co-created, evolving process to which both therapist and client contribute. As a therapist, I offer you an opportunity to do this, in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgemental way.

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, NSPC & Middlesex University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling, NSPC & Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, ICH, London
  • BSC (Hons) Psychology, Santiago de Chile

I offer weekly sessions of 50 minutes and I can provide short-term and long-term therapy in English and Spanish.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • DCPsych Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, NSPC & Middlesex University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling, NSPC & Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, ICH, London
  • BSC (Hons) Psychology, Santiago de Chile

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

Please enquire for fees.

I am a registered provider with Aviva, AXA and Vitality. Your insurance company will tell you how many sessions your policy covers and whether you require a GP referral to see me. 

When I work

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Please get in touch for availability

152 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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