Catherine Beal

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Therapeutic Counselling Diploma. Bereavement and Addiction.
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Malton YO17 & York YO31
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Face to Face, sessions available in York. Walk and Talk sessions available in York, and Malton. Zoom sessions available throughout the UK. 

A very warm welcome, I’m Catherine, Im the creator of Compassionate Connections Counselling and Psychotherapy. I’m a person centred counsellor, which means that I believe, that you are the expert of yourself. Therefore I’m not here to tell you what to do, or to give you advice. As I believe you know what you need, which can be explored together. 

I’m truly interested in what you need, what do you need? Do you need to express what’s happening for you? Do you need some help and support to manage your thoughts and feelings? Do you need to explore feelings of anger, sadness, or loneliness? Or do you need to explore anxiety, depression, stress, or feelings of being overwhelmed? Or are you left with feelings of guilt or shame? Or the what if’s, and if only’s? Do you need to seek a way through and forward? Do you need to revisit the past to seek a way into the future? 

My aim is to offer you a therapeutic relationship, where you can explore what you need, your thoughts and feelings, and a way through and forward, at a pace that is supportive, and compassionate. 

I offer a non judgmental environment, that is free from evaluation. 

Thank you for being here, I see and understand the courage it takes to begin or to continue therapy

Training, qualifications & experience

My counselling journey began through my own personal life events, therapeutic activities, counselling training, and my own personal therapy. I became increasingly intrigued by the counselling process the more I developed. I studied for over 4 years, and now have a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have trained in Ecotherapy, Walk and Talk Counselling, endorsed by CPCAB. Therefore as well as offering counselling sessions via Face to Face and Zoom and Telephone, I also offer Ecotherapy, Walk and Talk Counselling sessions. Working in nature offers us so many beautiful creative and healing benefits. The benefits of Walk and Talk sessions can include reduced stress, depression, and anxiety. A reduction of anger, fatigue, and confusion. A lowering of the fight and flight nervous system response, and a increase of the rest and digest nervous system response. A boost to the immune function, a reduction of the need to take antidepressants, pain medication and other medications. Walk and Talk sessions can support those suffering with addictions, eating issues, and difficulties with sleep. Walk and Talk sessions can also be a way to engage in therapy, when sitting face to face, eye to eye with a counsellor, feels too anxiety producing, as during Walk and Talk sessions, we walk side by side. Walk and Talk sessions can reduce the feelings of isolation, and increase feelings of connection. The Ecotherapy, Walk and Talk Counselling sessions can take place in the countryside, parks, or a forest. Together let’s engage our 6 senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and happiness. Please contact me, if your interested in having therapeutic sessions via Ecotherapy & Walk and Talk Counselling. 

I have previously trained and volunteered with Samaritans, and I have trained and volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Support. 

I have experience of working within a medium secure mental health hospital, where I witnessed a different approach to person centred. Through experiencing different approach’s I gained a sense of my own way of being. I aim to offer a relational approach, through a compassionate connection. 

My specialisms are bereavement and loss, addictions, systemic trauma, and counselling services trauma. I also work with relationship trauma, family relationship trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health issues, and other life events, and transitions. 

Within bereavement and loss, I work with the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a relationship not experienced, the loss of a job, the loss of a home, the loss of physical and/or mental health, multiple losses and any loss. 

Within addiction, I work with drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, food, sex, porn, the internet, gaming, working long hours, and anything that is used to self medicate, away from experiencing what is there within. Let’s explore the hungry ghost. 

I have a special interest and passion, in supporting those who have experienced repression, suppression, and oppression within systems of any kind, especially the mental health system, and prison systems. I have a commitment to helping and supporting people to regain their own sense of self. 

I also support those who have accessed previous counselling services, where needs have not been met. I would be open to exploring those experiences with you, and exploring your needs as they are now. As I believe that a compassionate connection alongside maybe a different approach could make all the difference to how therapy feels, and how beneficial you find the experience. I am always open to exploring how the sessions with me, feels for you. I believe an open and honest dialogue is essential throughout our time together, for you to gain the most you possibly can from the sessions. I welcome feedback, and have a understanding of being a work in progress. 

Whatever you're facing, I will do my very best to help and support you, so that you don’t have to face things alone.

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.


£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Counselling session costs as follows, 

Face to Face Session 1 hour £50

Zoom or Telephone Session 1 hour £45

Ecotherapy, Walk and Talk Session 1 hour £45 - £50 depending on location. 

All payable by bank transfer shortly before the session. 

I offer a reduced fee for those with a low income, those on benefits, and trainee counsellors. Please contact Catherine for further information. 

I offer a free 15 minute telephone call, or online video call which is an opportunity to check if we are a good fit for you, and for you to ask any questions you may have.

When I work

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Further information

I’m happy to offer time during the sessions to share treasured photos of your loved love, or to share a song, or poem, that resonates with you. I also offer self-compassion meditations to increase feelings of self acceptance and happiness, and to reduce stress and anxiety.

I also have an interest in using movement as therapeutic practices, such as walking, dancing, and grief and loss yoga. I also have an interest in creative therapeutic practices such as journaling, poetry, art, clay, music, and sound. 

I have a website, for further information, please free feel to browse. The link to my website is at the top of this profile. 

I also have a Facebook page, where you can gain a sense of myself, and to see if you feel we may connect within a therapeutic relationship. The link to my Facebook page, can be found on the social links at the bottom of this profile. 

Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17

Gillygate, York, YO31

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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