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About me

Hello, my name is Cathy and I work with people who are experiencing problems sleeping.

The odd night of sleeplessness is something we probably have all experienced, but chronic sleep disturbance is where sleep is regularly disrupted, and you can be left feeling irritable and exhausted during the day. Sometimes sleep disruption can be linked to underlying life experiences that are proving difficult to deal with, but it can also be the cause of depression and anxiety.

I offer person specific, evidence-based techniques that help to relieve sleep disturbances and any underlying emotional causes or affect. The tools I use are based upon research that supports the use of CBT for insomnia. I also incorporate evidence-based mindfulness techniques.

I am a qualified integrative counsellor with a special interest in how life experiences can affect sleep patterns. I am the founder of the Wellbeing Initiative, an organisation that was created to provide a range of counselling and other wellness interventions to local people. Please see the website for further details about myself and my colleagues.

I run a private counselling practice, within a two minutes walk from Brentwood train station and I undertake both long and short term work.

If you are experiencing sleep disturbances and would like a free 20 minute telephone consultation, please telephone or email me using the contact details above.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Sleep disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeplessness


Additional information

I offer an initial 20 minute telephone consultation. From there, I charge £50 per session.

Please contact me for further information in regard to concessions and block booking discounts.

When I work

I am available 8:00am to 9:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Further information

As required by the BACP, I have regular supervision from a qualified registered counselling supervisor. I have an enhanced DBS certificate and I am fully insured.

Training and Registration

I trained as an integrative counselling psychotherapist at the University of East London. The integrative approach allows counsellors to chose from a range of evidence based counselling techniques that suit individual clients.

I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a student member within their Division of Counselling Psychologists.

I am currently training for a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology to widen my knowledge.


I worked at The Priory, Chelmsford as a Counselling Psychologist in training with the outpatient CBT team.

I worked as a trainee counsellor at the Centre for Action against Rape and Abuse (CARA)

I am a volunteer Counsellor at Brentwood Mind.

I worked for fifteen years in the NHS in clinical research management, lecturing and as a research fellow and project manager in patient experience and patient safety. I worked in various NHS organisations including NHS England and several large London teaching hospitals.

Prior to the NHS I was a lecturer in Psychology for sixth form students and undergraduate health and social care students.

18 Gresham Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
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