Catarina Rato MBACP (Accred) Counselling, Supervision, EMDR

Catarina Rato MBACP (Accred)  Counselling, Supervision, EMDR

Avenue Counselling
71 Church Road

07946 704443

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About me

Counsellor, Supervisor and EMDR therapist - BACP Registered and Accredited

I am a counsellor with over 12 years experience. As well as practicing privately I also work as a counsellor at Mankind, a counselling service for men who have been sexually abused.

I work with individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of issues. I have been working in the field of addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling) for many years and I have considerable experience in working with sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, loss and bereavement.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working in the field of addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling) for several years and I have considerable experience in working with loss and bereavement as well as sexual abuse, trauma and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). I also have large experience in working with illness and disability, chronic pain, physical impairment and depression.

Professional experience:

  • Avenue Counselling - Private practice
  • Survivor's Network - Clinical supervisor
  • One Therapy Brighton - Clinical supervisor
  • The Wilbury Clinic - Private practice
  • Mankind - Counselling service for men who have been sexually abused
  • 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
  • The Sussex Multiple Sclerosis Centre - MS, ME and other chronic neurological conditions
  • CRI - Drugs and alcohol counselling service

I am a trauma informed counsellor with a Person-Centred approach. I believe that every individual has a natural potential for growth, change and self-determination.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have had a long interest in body psychotherapy and in the fundamental relationship and interconnection between mind, body and spirit. I have over 20 years background in bodywork and I am a qualified Shiatsu practitioner.

I am bilingual and can offer counselling sessions in Portuguese.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

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  • Introductory session - free half hour
  • Individual counselling - sliding scale from £40 to £70 per session
  • Couples counselling - £70 per session
  • EMDR - sliding scale from £70 to £100
  • Supervision - sliding scale from £40 to £70 per session
  • Private health insurance - 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 normally take place on a regular basis once a week.

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Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3 2BB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
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 counsellors can regularly discuss and reflect on their work.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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