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MBACP (Snr. Accred)

About me

I have almost 20 years' experience in working with many different types of issues and can offer you a professional and confidential service in an accessible, comfortable and safe environment. My approach is psychodynamic. This involves us working together to uncover the less conscious aspects of your thoughts, feelings and emotions, so that you can come to understand yourself more fully. This greater insight should help you to make long-lasting changes, so that you can lead a more fulfilled life.

I offer one to one counselling with young people from age 14 and individual adults.

I work:

  • with a wide range of issues such as: anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, addictions, low self-esteem — as well as the many other concerns which may be impacting your quality of life and emotional well-being.

  • open-endedly for as long as you wish, or in a shorter more focussed way — and we can agree what is best for you when we first meet, and

  • Monday to Thursday with evening appointments available.

My areas of expertise are set out further down.


Why counselling?

It may be you have a specific problem or a general feeling of being 'low'. Perhaps you feel that talking to friends and family isn’t enough - or that you’ll be judged and criticised.

You may think that there isn’t anyone you can turn to. If you are in this position, you can talk to me.

I am a professional counsellor who is experienced in listening empathetically and objectively. I won’t offer direct advice or judge, but I will help you to gain greater understanding - and make sense - of what is happening.

Where do I practice?

I practice from a wheelchair accessible, comfortable and peaceful room at:

The Annexe
Caversham
RG4 6NA

This is easy to get to and has lots of free street parking nearby.

You can find out how to get there by calling me on: 07876-491-497 or
email me: cath.muston@gmail.com

The GPS co-ordinates are: Position: Latitude : 51.476113 | Longitude : -0.948723

What to do next?

Please phone me for a free informal discussion. This will help us determine what is right for you. My phone number is: 07876-491-497.

If you prefer, you can email me at: cath.muston@gmail.com or click on the red 'Email me' button above.

For further information please take a look at my website:

https://www.cathmustoncounselling.com

Training, qualifications & experience

About me:

I hold a Masters Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from Reading University. My training, by this well-respected training organisation, was both thorough and rigorous. I also have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Society of Analytical Psychology.

​I am:

  • ​​a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).                 
  • a Senior Associate Member of APPCIOS (Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings)                                                                                            
  • Listed on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for counsellors and psychotherapists.             
  • A Full Member of BAPPS (Bristish Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors)                                                                 
  • a recognised mental health therapist for a well-known health insurance company.

  • a clinical supervisor offering supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists, individually and in groups

  • Clinical Lead of a large Oxfordshire based counselling and psychotherapy service.​

I have also worked for over 7 years within the NHS in Berkshire and Oxfordshire GP practices as an in-house counsellor.​

I have published research in working with chronic illness and disability. I also continue to read and train to keep up to date with wider current research. This enables me to work more effectively with my clients.

Member organisations

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

Initial consultation:

This session usually lasts an hour and costs £55.

On-going:

On-going counselling sessions each last 50 minutes and usually cost £45 per session.

When I work

I offer daytime and evening appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please contact me to check out my current availability.

Reading, Berkshire, RG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

I have a ground floor wheelchair accessible room. There is also street parking within a few metres of this room.