I work on a 1:1 basis with people. Every day, regular people, who are and can be extraordinary. People who think that because of their past, they don’t have a future. People who think they are too old to make a change or live their life. People who aren’t sure what they are looking for, or who don’t quite believe that they can achieve anything, let alone make meaningful change in their lives. We step in at the shallow end and, together, work our way towards the deep end. We work at your pace until you are ready to set your sights higher than you ever have before. And then I work with you to get there.
I wholeheartedly believe that every person deserves to be listened to, heard and understood without fear of judgement. I believe that this is important within the therapeutic relationship, but that it is even more important that this is something we all learn to afford ourselves as well. Compassion, understanding and patience are at the heart of my approach.
"I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel." And yet here you are, looking for it. That is the start. With the right support, you can begin to explore where such feelings might come from and understand what they might mean for you as a person and within the context of your life. I am here to support you through this process, safely and confidentially.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree - MSc Therapeutic Counselling
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£45.00 per session (Online/Telephone)
Testimonials from people I have previously worked with:
A lovely lady recommended Cat and I admit I was sceptical, I thought that what would follow would be a repeat performance of previous counselling. What I found was unlike any counselling I have ever experienced.
Cat heard me, she listened to me and I felt she metaphorically held my hand as I walked out of the fog I’d been living in. The clarity I have now is amazing and everyday I learn more about myself. I am learning to love myself. I am beginning to love the faults, defaults as well as the positive, creative and unique individual that was buried under conditioned behaviours developed within a dysfunctional family system.
Cat had the ability to guide me without leading and this has helped me to realise many things. That I was in control of my own healing, that I intuitively knew what I needed.
If you have lived through decades of abuse which has been wrapped in a package labelled ‘love’? Cat has the specific skills to tailor a recovery for you with authentic compassion and empathy I have not known before!
I would like to share a quote that kept me seeking help for many years even though I met many brick walls.
“Human sickness is so severe that few can bear to look at it...but those who do will become well” ~ Vernon L Howard
Cat, I chose to believe the lie rather than look at the sick environment I lived in and I am so looking forward to my future now. Thank you so very much!
Female - 59 years old
"I found Cat's gentle and reassuring voice so helpful with my chaotic mind and panic attacks during my therapy. Because of Cat's professionalism I was able to offload all my problems in a 6 month period of weekly sessions. Gradually Cat helped me get to the core of my problems which helped me overcome my panic attacks. I am now going into the future with a more positive outlook. I highly recommend Cat."
Male – 49 years old
"Cat is a very professional counsellor. She's empathic and very astute. She has helped me a lot in the time I've known her and really made me face my fears and concerns."
Female - 55 years old
"Since starting counselling I have been given a chance to share thoughts and feelings I otherwise wouldn't have and now have a better understanding of myself and am more self aware."
Male – 19 years old
"Catherine Aird has provided effective counselling for clients within our organisation for several years. These clients have become more confident/empowered. This has enabled them to move forward in their personal lives and with employment."
Counselling Practice Manager
"Volunteering as a mentor for the mental health charity I worked at, Cat proved to have the unique quality of balancing being professional, yet also remaining friendly and approachable. She is very knowledgeable in her field and has an enormous passion for supporting people. I believe she is an excellent therapist who has the skills and dedication to be able to support and help many people in her future practice. A client she worked with who had received many years of therapy and support, stated ‘I have never felt as listened to and supported as I have with Cat’."
JS, Voluntary Placement Manager