Dr Catharine Hunt - Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, HCPC Reg.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society. When life feels overwhelming, thinking about your challenges in a therapeutic environment can provide a safe and nurturing environment within which to consider new pathways forward and achieve a greater sense of wellbeing and clarity. I offer confidential and compassionate therapy and aim to work collaboratively with my clients to develop a treatment plan which is carefully tailored to suit their needs.
I prioritise the therapeutic relationship and aim to encourage client healing and growth and to contain difficult or overwhelming feelings relating to: low mood; anxiety; stress; panic; general sadness or flatness; difficult childhood memories; detachment and loneliness; lost direction and purposelessness; bereavement and loss. I am an integrative practitioner, trained to work in a variety of ways including: humanistic or Person-Centered Therapy (PCT); Psychodynamic approaches; and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); as well as Mindfulness and compassion-based work.
I offer an initial free-of-charge 20-minute telephone consultation and welcome the opportunity to share the way in which I work and to hear about your therapeutic goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I hold a DPsych in Counselling Psychology from City, University of London. I also hold a Master of Science (with Distinction) in Psychology from the University of Westminster. I am a Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology. I am also a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I have worked in a variety of NHS and charity settings, including within Clinical Health Psychology at The Whittington Hospital. This NHS District General and Teaching Hospital is affiliated to University College Hospital (UCH), where I lectured to the university's fourth year medical students. I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for the mental health charity Mind, The Duchess of Cambridge’s schools charity, Place2Be, and within a London-based counselling service supporting carers.
I originally graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in English Literature. I then trained as an editor and journalist and worked for the BBC before retraining as a Counselling Psychologist.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My field of research and additional training relates to experiences of pregnancy loss, birth anxiety, birth trauma and experiences of stillbirth as well as postnatal depression and infertility.
I understand that making contact to discuss psychological therapy can feel difficult. I therefore offer a free initial 20-minute telephone consultation, in order to discuss client needs and also to share my therapeutic approach. My fee thereafter ranges between £90 and £120 per 50-minute, one-to-one session. Fees will vary depending upon the agreed treatment plan, time of day, location and duration. After an initial assessment session, I work with my clients on a weekly basis, for varying terms, ranging from a minimum treatment duration of twelve weekly sessions to more open-ended, longer-term therapy.
I am available to work with clients on weekdays and I also offer an evening clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays.