Catalina Mena

London, NW5 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and in addition to my private practice, I also work for the NHS in a cancer service.

I am also in my final stages of completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Middlesex University and working on my dissertation which explores the experience of chronic pain.

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 in a deeper way or reflect on particular life decisions or dilemmas.

As a therapist, I offer you an opportunity to do this, in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgemental way.

I mostly work from an existential framework, this means that I see therapy as an invitation to explore your worldviews, values and choices, becoming more present to both yourself and others. Therapy is also an opportunity to become aware of who you want to be - the authentic you- and the obstacles that prevent you from doing so.

I also hold a relational centred approach where I see the therapy as a co-created, evolving process where both therapist and client can contribute.

As well as the existential framework, the way I work is also influenced by psychodynamic theory and I also incorporate CBT interventions when appropriate.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (final stages), 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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness

Fees

Individual sessions are £70. A limited number of reduced fee places are available for those on lower incomes or for psychotherapy/counselling trainees.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Spanish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Please get in touch for availability

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Catalina Mena

Catalina Mena