Catherine Burnard

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(BA Hons) Counselling/Psychotherapist. Registered MBACP
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Emsworth, West Sussex, PO10
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About me

My name is Catherine, I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic counsellor, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer individual counselling, couples counselling and I also work with children from the age of 8 to 18 years (I am qualified to diploma level to work with children).

Face to face counselling

My practice is in Southbourne (in-between Havant and Chichester). Just a 2 minute walk from Southbourne station.

Working with children and young people

Working with children and young people is a specialism, and the sessions are structured very differently to those of adults. Children can find talking therapy a very daunting prospect and may not be able to engage at a level where narrative therapy would be helpful or at all appropriate. When working with children and young people in a therapeutic setting, it’s vital a rapport is built up, this is done using play and creativity.

Walk & talk therapy

Walk and talk therapy is exaclty what it says on the tin! We walk and talk in various scenic locations. Kingley Vale in the South Downs national park is a particular favourite, with its historic value and ancient yew trees being of interest to many, it makes for a great walk & talk location

How I Work

I work from a Humanistic, creative prospective, which puts the client at the centre of the counselling relationship. The personal qualities I bring are warmth, compassion and a respect for individual values and beliefs. I work at the client's pace in a safe, confidential, non- judgemental environment and trust over time the client will feel able to share and explore what really troubles them.

Expressive Art

I realised very early on in my training some people find talking about their inner most struggles difficult, and I believe communication doesn't have to be verbal, there are endless ways to express yourself. One such way is engaging in expressive arts. Expressive art emphasises the process of creation, unlike traditional art, where the focus is the final product. Expressive art isn't just about painting or drawing, it's about expression of self, this can be done through music, movement or by using tangible objects such as clay, sand, objects of reference and items found in nature.


Quite often we dream about what is most troubling us in our waking hours. By looking at our dreams we open up another form of communication and by using expressive arts, we can tap into our subconscious, allowing us to express ourselves fully and uncover new possibilities

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed a Post graduate Diploma in Counselling followed by a BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling and then a Diploma working with children. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work in accordance with the BACP’s ethical framework for counselling professionals. I meet or exceed, the professional requirements for my on going professional development and I attend training events to widen and deepen my skill base.

Relevant counselling experience

I have worked as a counsellor for a charitable organisation supporting young people (11-25). I'm a trained drug and alcohol counsellor and have worked as a counsellor, counselling carers. I work with clients from diverse back grounds, those exploring their sexuality and preferred gender. I worked with people who have suffered domestic abuse of all genders and ages.


As well as having my own private practice I'm the CEO of a local charity supporting children and young people from 11-25 years of age.

Up until recently I lecturerd at Chichester university.

Whilst living in London I was involved with a HIV and Aids trust, where I supported people living with HIV and their families. I have worked closely with people who have learning disabilities and autism in a residential and day centre setting as part of the management team. I hold a YMCA fitness qualification, and used to  facilitate fitness classes for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. I offer counselling sessions to people with learning disabilities, I make reasonable adjustments by arranging home visits and the offer of expressive arts as a means of communication.


  • BA (Hons) in humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma working with children and young people
  • Diploma in humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Counsellor for a charity supporting carers
  • Counsellor for a charity supporting Young people
  • Counsellor for a charity supporting people who are drug and alcohol dependant
  • Couples Counselling
  • Counselling neurodivergent clients
  • Sex in couples counselling
  • Working with clients dreams
  • Polyvagual theory
  • Rewind technique for people suffering with PTSD
  • Expressive arts
  • LGBTQ+
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional unstable personality disorder

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

I offer rewind therapy for the treatment of PTSD

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person or telephone session

Additional information

£50 for an individual session (50 minutes)

£70 for couples counselling (70 minutes)

£55 for Supervision (60 minutes)

£75 for Supervision (1 hour and a half)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Some evening, morning and weekend appointments avaliable

Further information


How long is a therapy session and how many will I need?

A Therapeutic session is 50 minutes in duration, walk & talk therapy sessions may be slightly longer. The amount of sessions required is lead by you. However I work with clients ranging from 4-8 weeks to long term open ended sessions depending on your need.

How do I pay for therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are paid by a bank transfer before the session commences, or can be paid for in cash on the day before the session.

Where is the counselling room?

My practices are located in Southbourne, West Sussex.

Where will Walk & talk therapy take place and what type of clothing will I need?

This is dependent on where you live, but I currently work in rural areas such as Rowlands Castle and Funtington. What you wear is dependent on the weather, however I do advise wearing walking boots or trainers and appropriate clothing, but don't worry we will have 3-4 indoor therapy sessions before we partake in walk & talk therapy. I will ask you to fill out a medical form and I will complete a risk assessment before we start, this helps us to assess the most suitable location.

I am fully insured.

Emsworth, West Sussex, PO10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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In person

I provide specialised supervision for professionals working with adults and children from the age of eight years.

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Catherine Burnard
Catherine Burnard