Catherine Cresswell, Clinical Psychologist
Therapy is an opportunity to find support and insight for the particular challenges facing you at present, and I offer a safe, non-judgemental space in which to explore these together.
However, choosing to contact a therapist can be daunting, and I understand the importance of finding a therapist that feels like a good ‘fit’ for you, so our first session would focus on determining whether you feel this is the right space for you and how we would work together should you choose to continue.
I work primarily psychodynamically in my practice, as I believe in the power of insight and understanding to offer resolution, healing and ultimately choice in how our lives move forward. However, I always adapt to the needs of the client and find Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and more directive approaches useful should the need arise.
I have expertise and experience with:
- Depression/Low Mood
- Exploring issues related to gender and/or sexuality
- Difficulties maintaining satisfying relationships or connections
- Attachment challenges
- Feelings of poor self-worth or emptiness
- Anyone who may have been labelled at some point with the terms “Borderline Personality” or “Emotionally Unstable Personality”
- Medically-unexplained physical pain or chronic pain conditions
- Exploring personal growth and potential
- Older adolescents and young adults
- Adults who are questioning whether they may have traits of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (or Asperger’s Syndrome) and are seeking support
- Coping with life changes/stressors
- Pregnancy and post-natal therapy
In my practice, I primarily see:
- Individual adults and young adults, including those who identify as LGBTQ+
- Parents who are pregnant or who have children under 2yrs
- Adults seeking support for Autistic Spectrum Conditions (whether you have a diagnosis already, or whether you have traits of the condition)
- Young adults and students
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Johannesburg, South Africa (MA Clinical Psychology, University of Witwatersrand), and while in South Africa I worked both in school settings and ran a Private Practice. While there I furthered my training to be able to offer parent-infant work for those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties while pregnant or with a child under 2yrs old.
I moved to the UK in 2018 and have worked in a variety of NHS settings, and am currently based in the Gender Identity National and Specialist Service as well as in private practice.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Individual sessions (50 minutes) – £80
- Some concessions available for students; those in psychotherapy/doctoral training or those working in the NHS - contact me directly to discuss.
- Payment by cash or online banking
- I am also registered with most major Private Health Insurance Providers and can claim sessions directly from them
I am registered with the following professional bodies and abide by their codes of Ethics and Standards of Professional conduct:
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; PYL 36536)
British Psychological Society (BPS; Chartered Psychologist 483878)
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA; PS 0132837)