Catherine Counihan MSc Psych, Dip. Couns. UKCP, BACP
I am an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist and counsellor with a previous career in Financial Services. I offer you a warm, open and confidential space to work on issues in your life that may be stopping you reaching your potential or causing you pain.
You may find you are experiencing the same problem over and over again or that you are struggling in your relationships or at work. You may have limited capacity to deal with the stresses of everyday life. You may be self-harming or have developed an eating disorder or be shopping compulsively. Anxiety may be crippling you or perhaps you are facing redundancy. Whatever the issue I believe therapy can help.
Therapy involves having an opportunity to explore your world in a confidential setting. Seeking and accepting help is a brave step and I am aware you may feel vulnerable or uncomfortable, particularly in our first session.
By taking the time each week to focus on what is troubling you we will together begin to unpick the patterns in your life and by creating a safe space to view, discuss and ultimately begin to accept them, change becomes possible. At its best psychotherapy can be very effective in promoting change.
I work in a relational way and will attend carefully to the dynamics of our relationship in the room. Meta-studies looking at the efficacy of talking therapies consistently demonstrate that it is the relationship between therapist and client that has the greatest impact on positive outcomes, it is therefore vital for the success of your therapy that we develop a warm, trusting relationship. It is important that you feel fully heard and that you can be all of yourself in the therapy room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally trained psychotherapist and counsellor and have completed extensive training in this field. I studied at the Metanoia Institute and hold a Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Metanoia is currently one of the most highly regarded training institutes in the United Kingdom due to their intense, rigorous practitioner training programmes and focus on the therapist developing themselves and ability to be ‘in relationship’ with clients.
I trained as an integrative psychotherapist. This means my training covered many different therapy schools. As we work alongside each other we will explore what the most effective ways of working together are; I will draw on different tools and approaches as necessary. Generally, I draw on Attachment theory, neuroscience and neurobiology and the latest research into the most effective, evidence based ways of dealing with trauma to assist you in changing your story as you go forward in your life.
I have been seeing clients in various settings across London since 2012. These include private practice, time limited therapy in an NHS GP surgery (IAPT), low cost therapy centres, a Women’s centre and a bereavement service.
Retraining as a psychotherapist has been an important part of my own journey of discovery and it would be a privilege to be a part of your journey.
My academic qualifications are as follows:
- MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute (validated by Middlesex University)
- Integrative Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Metanoia Institute
- EFT for Couples, in training, have completed the first externship
- BA Hons (Economics) (1st), University of the Witwatersrand
- BA (Economics and Economic History) University of the Witwatersrand
In addition I complete CPD on an ongoing basis and regularly attend clinical supervision. I have the appropriate insurance and am a registered member of the BACP and UKCP.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mental health in the workplace and dealing with stress, anxiety and burnout
SIDS or cotdeath
Addiction and clients who are in 12 step programmes
Fess vary by location. I work in 2 locations in central London and there is a possibility I could see you in Surbiton (KT6) depending on your time and day requirements. Please get in touch with me for further information.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked in the city of London for many years. My original training was as an economist and I started my career in this in 1999 in South Africa.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Saturday morning and evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|