Catarina Rato MBACP (Snr. Accred) Counselling, EMDR, Supervision

Catarina Rato MBACP (Snr. Accred) Counselling, EMDR, Supervision

Avenue Counselling
10 The Drive
East Sussex

07946 704443

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About me

I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor and EMDR therapist in full time practice with over 12 years experience.

I work with a wide range of issues and I have extensive experience in working with sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), addictions, bereavement and loss. I work with individuals and couples.

As well as practicing privately I work as a counsellor at Mankind, a counselling service for men who have been sexually abused.

I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for you to speak freely about the issues that are of most concern to you, in a way that is sometimes not possible with friends or family.

Sharing your thoughts and feelings with an experienced counsellor can help you make sense of life circumstances and lead you on a journey of self-awareness and personal growth.

I take the view that people are able to find their own ways of dealing with life’s challenges and I encourage you to trust in your ability to make changes and appreciate your own resources.

Often people find that the insight and awareness that comes from the counselling process can help them find a fresh appreciation of who they are and new ways of dealing with difficult issues.

You don’t have to find yourself in a crisis situation before you can benefit from counselling.

I am a trauma informed person-centred counsellor and I have had a long interest in body psychotherapy and somatic psychology. My counselling practice is informed by the latest research on trauma and the body. I have over 20 years experience in bodywork as a qualified Shiatsu practitioner and I am interest in the fundamental relationship and interconnection between mind and body.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional experience:

  • Avenue Counselling - Private practice
  • Mankind (counselling service for men who have been sexually abused) - Counsellor
  • One Therapy Brighton - Clinical supervisor
  • Survivor's Network - Clinical supervisor
  • The Wilbury Clinic - Private practice
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Clinical supervisor
  • BHT Mental Health & Wellbeing Services - Clinical supervisor
  • Gamcare (national support for problem gambling) - Frontline services adviser and clinical supervisor
  • Breakeven (counselling service for anyone affected by problem gambling) - Counsellor
  • Sussex Multiple Sclerosis Centre (MS, ME and other chronic neurological conditions) - Counsellor
  • CRI (drugs and alcohol counselling service) - Counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership


  • Introductory session - free half hour
  • Individual counselling - sliding scale from £45 to £70 per session
  • Couples counselling - £70 per session
  • EMDR - sliding scale from £70 to £100
  • Supervision - sliding scale from £45 to £70 per session
  • Private health insurance - I am a registered and approved provider for Bupa, Aviva Health, WPA

I have a limited number of concessions available for students and those on low income

Further information

My work reflects the principles of the Person-Centred approach, that the individual is a person of worth and value with vast resources for growth, change, and self-determination.

Confidentiality is an essential part of the counselling relationship and everything that takes place in the sessions is confidential, treated with respect and discretion.

Sessions may be short-term or open-ended. The length of time a client stays in counselling depends on the needs of the individual. Deep rooted problems may require long term counselling, while specific issues can sometimes be addressed in a few sessions.

On our first session we can discuss and establish your needs and agree on the frequency and time of sessions, length of contract, fees and confidentiality. This may also be the time to explore your expectations about counselling and to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.

Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and take place on a regular basis once a week.

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Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 3JA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Portuguese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Weekday, daytimes and evenings

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer a supportive environment where you can regularly discuss and reflect on your work.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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