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Whatever your reason for looking for a therapist, choosing one can be a daunting task. It is common to seek support when we are going through something difficult in our lives, but many people also come to therapy when their lives are going well; sometimes because they are feeling low but don't know why, sometimes because they are thinking about issues around meaning and purpose.

Regardless of why you are reading this, making a decision about which therapist to choose can feel burdensome and confusing. To remove some of the uncertainty I am always happy to have a free initial conversation on the telephone or via Zoom, so that you can get a feel for who I am and how I work.

I work with clients who have a wide range of general therapeutic needs, such as anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, stress and bereavement. I also have additional training for supporting people who are dealing with complex grief, such as for example bereavement through suicide.

As a couples counsellor I know that it can be lonely and frightening when things are not right between you and your partner. Perhaps it feels like the very ground beneath your feet is shifting. I can help by being neutral and supportive, without an agenda or a bias. By focussing on communication, sometimes using simple exercises or structured dialogue, couples often feel that they can begin to make some headway though a conflict or rapture.

I am a person centred psychotherapist, which means that my methods are inherently client led. I will work with you without agenda or judgement, on whatever issues are important to you. I integrate relational theory into my work, which may involve reflecting on behavioural patterns in your relationships with family, friends and partners. I engage actively in the work, meaning that I will offer suggestions or reflections on what you share with me, to the extent that you want me to.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and registered member of the BACP. That means you can feel assured that you will be seeing a therapist who studied and trained for several years at postgraduate level. I utilise theory and practices from humanistic, relational and existential therapeutic models. I believe that we can gain valuable insights about ourselves by exploring how we manage relationships with others; the good and the bad and all the ones in between.

I am currently researching my MA dissertation on the topic of therapeutic support for co-parenting post a separation or divorce.

I work with several mental health organisations in North Yorkshire, including Just B and Talking Spaces (St Michael's Hospice) in Harrogate.

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have additional training and experience of working with clients who are coping with complex grief, such as for example bereavement through suicide.

I am a member of Resolution; a community of family justice professionals committed to supporting families going through separation and divorce by working constructively, collaboratively and in a non-confrontational way.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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I offer individual and couples therapy, either face to face or via Zoom or the telephone. Individual sessions are generally 50 mins long and couples sessions 60 mins, but longer or shorter sessions can be arranged depending on your needs and my availability.

Individual sessions are £50 and client sessions £65.

I offer appointments Tuesday-Thursday between 10am and 7pm, and I also have a limited number of Saturday appointments available.

Further information

My counselling room is located in Princes Square in Harrogate, only a few minutes walk from the train and bus stations. There is typically ample parking nearby, at town centre rates.

Princes Square

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Swedish


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I offer appointments on weekdays between 10am and 7pm. I also have a limited number of Saturday appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Catherine Clay Psychotherapy

Catherine Clay Psychotherapy