Catharine Douglas - Crystal Clarity Counselling MBACP
I am an empathic, caring, and genuine counsellor, who can provide you with a calming and non-judgemental space, where you can think more about your thoughts and feelings.
I can help you if life is feeling too much to manage, or if you find yourself overwhelmed, or consumed by worry and anxiety. I can work with you to assist you in gaining an increased level of self-awareness, and self-esteem. My experience as a counsellor, will allow you space for thought and reflection, and I will work with you closely to assist you in understanding your feelings, thoughts and ideas at a deeper level, and ultimately living a life which feels more connected.
I work with different models of counselling and therapy, which allows me to adapt my approach to meet your individual needs, and ensures that we work at a pace that suits you. I am experienced at working with a variety of difficulties and issues, such as:
- StressForced Marriage
- Ostracism - cut off from family or community
- Domestic Violence
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Arranged Marriage
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP accredited foundation degree in Counselling
BACP Certificate In Counselling
BACP Introduction To Counselling Certificate.
BA (Hons) in Communication Studies and Studies in Race & Culture.
Worked in the charity sector around mental health for the last ten years. I worked with young adults, which gives me an understanding parents and children, giving me valuable experience into the dynamics and issues surrounding young adults.
Worked with men and women who have experienced domestic violence, self-harm, suicide, arranged marriages, forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse and homelessness
Worked at Sangam women's centre, working with domestic violence, self-harm, suicide, arranged marriages, forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and homelessness.
Worked at a Bereavement Service as a counsellor, working with those who have been bereaved, either through death, murder or suicide.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a specialism in working with clients of mixed or dual nationality parents, and those in mixed race relationships. I volunteered for over ten years, with a charity called People In Harmony, (www.pih.org.uk) who support those in mixed race and dual nationality relationships, and their children. Volunteering helped me to explore mixed race issues, and to challenge racism and stereotypes.
I have a particular interest in working with whom who have encountered traumatic and life changing experiences such as domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, miscarriage and divorce. Experiencing such trauma's can likely develop into deep emotional and physical shock and stress. These reactions are highly unique, personal and individual. Feeling fear, shock and anxiety are all common reactions to highly traumatic events, which I can help you work through at your own pace.
I charge £50 per hour face to face counselling.
£50 per hour skype, or telephone counselling.
Payment made by cash, or BACS.
Concessional rates can apply, depending on circumstances.
I started off really reluctant in going for therapy. I was not in denial that I needed it, but more that I did not want to deal with my problems and fears. Catharine, she changed my life. I am so thankful as with her help, I was able to overcome my biggest fears, ones that I had battled with for ongoing years. I started to look forward to my sessions as I used to leave learning so much as well as feeling happier.Throughout our 24 sessions, I suffered from a big shock and was in need of extra emergency sessions which Catharine catered to. She was brilliant and dedicated because if I had ever mentioned a saying of some sort, by a session or two after, she would have had a read on it.Catharine honestly changed my life. There are situations and day to day things that may happen now which I will recite our sessions and can notice how much I have changed...in a good way of course. I honestly recommend seeing Catherine, she is an incredible woman that deserves so much recognition and reward. I will miss our weekly sessions and feel comfortable in going back if need be.
I started seeing Catharine because I needed help. My relationship was breaking down, and I was unable to talk about the pain and depression I was feeling. I gradually opened up to Catharine during the 6 months I saw her. Her warmth made me feel safe and less 'alone', and she helped me to make necessary changes to get better. 6 months later my relationship is strong again, and I feel much more positive and relaxed about the future. I cannot recommend Catharine highly enough, and I would definitely see her again in the future if I need to.
Thank you so much for everything, it really helped me a lot. I'm feeling really good, the sessions really helped.
Thank you so much for your support and help. You have helped my life change in so many positive ways, and helped me become more at peace with myself.
The 10 months I spent in counselling was a great help in my life - not only with the original problem, but in general. I felt really stuck before I started counselling, and these sessions helped me overcome fears that were holding me back. I finally started actively making changes in my life. I was really happy with the way counselling went. It was great to have this time to focus on myself and to have the chance to talk about the things I needed to work on. I grew to understand my phobia better - it might not be gone yet, but thanks to counselling, it is a lot better. I came to accept it. I can't thank you enough Catharine. Your personality and attitude made it possible for me to talk about my problems. The atmosphere you created made me feel safe and I think that is one of the most important things in counselling. The positive affirmations you gave me helped a lot with my self-confidence, so once again, thank you! Thank you for everything. I'm going to miss our sessions :)
I reached out to Catharine in a desperate state. I was frightened and I was lonely. With Catharine's help, I became 'me' again! With her ongoing encouragement and support I became determined to complete my degree. I am in a really happy place, potentially the happiest I've ever been since I started suffering with anxiety and depression all those years ago. I have a degree, a job and a bright future ahead and I am a far cry from the hopeless girl who approached Catharine all those months ago. Catharine has shown me that my future can be as bright as I want it to be and that there is always someone there to pull you out of the darkness. Thank you, thank you, thank you - You're the best
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available during the day, and evenings.
Types of client