Welcome. My name is Catherine Bray. I am a psychodynamic counsellor and group analyst working in Chesham and Hemel Hempstead offering confidential individual counselling and group psychotherapy to people who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.
Counselling or group psychotherapy can help you to become more aware of the issues and events in your life that may be distressing you. This 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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£50 per session for individuals (Chesham)
£50 per month for Analytic Group Psychotherapy (Hemel Hempstead)
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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Individual Counselling at Chesham: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. Therapy Group at Hemel Hemstead: Tuesdays 4.45 - 6.15pm
Types of client