Catherine Bray

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Chesham HP5 & Hemel Hempstead HP1
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About me

Welcome.  My name is Catherine Bray.  I am a psychodynamic counsellor and group analyst offering confidential individual counselling and group psychotherapy to people who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

I am now able to offer face to face work with individual clients at Chesham, and my psychotherapy group is meets at Warners End Community Centre,  Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday evenings.   I also offer telephone or online video sessions if that is your preference. 

Individual counselling or group psychotherapy can help you to become more aware of the issues and events in your life that may be causing you distress and anxiety.  This awareness will give you the opportunity to think about your problems, and to start to talk about your troubles, rather than feeling overwhelmed by them.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Psychology (1992)

MSc Psychodynamic Counselling (2001)

BACP Accredited (2007)

MSc Group Analysis (2012)

Member of the Institute of Group Analysis (2014)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 per session for individuals (Chesham)

£100 per month for Analytic Group Psychotherapy (Hemel Hempstead)

Concessionary fees are available for both group and individual clients, depending on your circumstances, please ask me.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Individual Counselling at Chesham: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.

Group Psychotherapy at Parkwood Surgery, Hemel Hempstead: Tuesdays 4.45 - 6.15pm

Further information

I work psychodynamically which means that I am interested in what happens under the surface – the meaning behind the words and the importance of apparently trivial events.  In psychodynamic counselling, nothing is silly, or trivial, ‘only that…’ or ‘just this…’  Quite often, the deeper significance of something apparently meaningless can suddenly emerge when we start to make links between the 'here and now' and the 'then and there'.

Underpinning all my counselling work is the knowledge that it is ultimately the quality of the relationship between client and therapist - that's you and me - that heals.

Group psychotherapy also offers ways of addressing emotional problems and existential difficulties, allowing you to acknowledge your part in your life’s problems, and helping you to see how these troubles emerge over time and within particular relationships.  These can lead to the patterns of unhelpful behaviours, damaging relationships and self-defeating thoughts that most of us are subject to at some stage in our lives.  The group seeks to address these issues through open discussion and an attitude of compassionate understanding.

My analytic therapy group is a long-term therapy and is particularly effective if you are experiencing relationship problems at work, at home, or in your social life.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (4.45 - 6.15) at Warners End Community Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Chesham, Bucks, HP5

Catherine Bray, HATG, Warners End Community Centre, Northridge Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3QG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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