Catherine Burnard (BA Hons) Counselling/Psychotherapist. Registered MBACP
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 and couples counselling.
I offer home visits for people with a long term illness or mobility issues or who suffer with anxiety which prevents them from leaving the house.
More recently I have included Ecotherapy to my services, sometimes referred to as walk and talk therapy. These sessions are outdoor therapy sessions in various scenic locations.
My practices are located in Central Chichester and West Stoke (Oldwick Farm).
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.
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 main 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. 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 (13-25). I'm a trained drug and alcohol counsellor and have worked as a counsellor, counselling carers.
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 up until recently facilitated 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 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
- Working with clients dreams
- Polyvagual theory
- Rewind technique for people suffering with PTSD
- Expressive arts
- Psychosexual therapy
- Trauma and PTSD
- Drug and alcohol addiction
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer rewind therapy for the treatment of PTSD
I charge £45 for an individual session and £65 for couples counselling. I also have some concessional therapy sessions for people who are in the receipt of benefits, such as ESA and PIP and veterans suffering with PTSD. Please ask, I am aware that each individual case is unique.
I offer an initial free 30 minute telephone consultation.
How long is a therapy session and how many will I need?
A Therapeutic session is 50 minutes in duration, Ecotherapy 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.
Fees - How much will it cost Please see information on costs in fees section above
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 practice locations are West Stoke and central Chichester.
I would like counselling from home, how far will you travel?
This is negotiable and dependant on your circumstances, please ask.
Where will Ecotherapy 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 ecotherapy. 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.