Cath Foster MBACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Do you feel like you're struggling to hold things together? Are you feeling unfulfilled, unsure or overwhelmed by life? Have you been through life changes or other painful experiences? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships?
Counselling is a 'talking therapy' which provides a confidential space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences at your own pace with a non-judgmental professional.
It is a space for you to explore your problems - whatever they are.
I offer open-ended, person centred counselling with a warm, genuine and non-judgmental attitude. I have experience of working with clients from varied backgrounds covering many different issues including bereavement and loss, stress, divorce, workplace bullying, low self esteem, LGBTQ+ issues and family disagreements.
How I work
My role is to walk alongside you as you explore your issues and to help you identify the skills and tools you have to find your own way forward. I can support you with new perspectives, resources and coping strategies, but most of all I will listen to what you need to share allowing you to feel heard.
Whether you are a person who has counselling regularly or if this is your first time, it is normal to feel daunted or nervous at the thought of speaking to a stranger. I try my best to create a space in which you feel comfortable and safe. I offer face to face sessions or online / telephone. Contact me to find out more.
What to expect
Before your first session I offer a free 30-minute phone call or face to face meeting which is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions you might have about counselling. I will tell you about me and how I work as a counsellor and you could also share what has brought you to counselling now.
After our initial conversation, if we both feel we can work together then we will book a session - face to face, online or by phone, whatever suits you. You might feel nervous and unsure before this first session but please don’t worry, this is completely normal.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Registered Member 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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
50 minute session - £35
50 minute session trainee counsellors - £30
Due to lockdown restrictions for clients, I am currently offering reduced rates for online or telephone counselling. Contact me for info.