Catherine Clay Psychotherapy
Choosing a therapist can be a tricky task. Not least because we often look for therapeutic support when we are going through something difficult in our lives. So that you have an opportunity to meet me and decide if you think I am the right counsellor for you I offer a free 30 minute initial meeting.
Many of my clients are looking for help to cope with a loss or bereavement, but I also work with a wide range of general therapeutic needs such as anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown and stress. I have additional training for supporting people dealing with complex grief, such as for example bereavement through suicide.
If you are struggling with problems in your relationship, seeing a therapist as a couple can provide you with a space to make yourselves heard and understood. Taking conflicts into a neutral and supportive space has helped many couples find a way forward that works for both parties.
I am trained as a person centred psychotherapist, which means that my methods are inherently client led. I will work with you without agenda and without judgment, on whatever issues are important to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified and a 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 completed the practical part of my training with the counselling service operated by St Michael's Hospice in Harrogate.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
A limited number of Saturday and Sunday appointments are available.
My counselling room is located centrally in Harrogate, only a few minutes walk from the train and bus stations. There is ample parking nearby, at town centre rates.