Catherine Davies, BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling, MBACP
Admitting you need support and getting in touch with a counsellor can take great courage. As someone who understands this, my aim is to offer you warmth, compassion, respect and openness when you need it most. I welcome working with people from all walks of life and offer a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental and confidential space for you to explore whatever issues are troubling you, nothing is considered too small or too big. I feel privileged to be a therapist, and consider it an honour to be trusted with the inner most feelings of my clients.
How will Counselling help?
Things generally start becoming a problem when issues are swept under the carpet, ignored or supressed, often resulting in symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic. Counselling offers you a unique opportunity to share your experiences in a confidential therapeutic space, where the relationship between therapist and client can be a source of great psychological healing.
What I can help with
I have experience in working with a wide range of issues such as isolation, anxiety, depression, bereavement, life-change, stress, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, self-doubt, problem childhoods, becoming a parent, relationship problems, affairs/betrayals, loneliness, trauma and emotional eating/alcohol consumption.
I will listen to you openly, without judgement offering my full support. The work we aim to do together is to increase your self-awareness by facilitating breathing space, slowing down the pace and above all, offering patience to the process. New awareness and the offering of new perspectives gives us choice back, we are able to recognise unhelpful patterns of behaviour that we might have been repeating. A renewed sense of hope, fulfilment and contentment is likely to follow.
As an experienced integrative therapist, I draw upon a variety of counselling skills (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)) to support you through life's challenges and help you regain agency over your life, be in more control and live happily.
I have worked at Solent Mind and Life Changes Counselling for several years counselling adults of all ages with a range of issues and challenges including anxiety, work-related stress, relationship challenges, depression, sexual abuse, child abuse and rape. I also run my own successful private practice from home. If you feel ready to explore how these, and any other issues, are affecting your day-to-day life, and wish to think about how you can move forward, I am a safe and sensitive counsellor to work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling
- Level 2 Counselling Skills
- Dip Psychology
- Domestic Abuse Training
- Creativity within the therapy room
- Mindfulness in the Counselling Room
- Creative Approaches to Autism
- Problem Gambling
- Depression: The Cause and Solution Training
I am trained integratively, which means I am able to draw on a number of different theories/approaches including Psychodynamic, Person Centred and CBT in order to tailor to your particular needs.
I am LGBTQI+ and autism aware.
I am committed to my continuous professional development, and attend regular further training courses.
I am a member of and work within the ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). A copy can be found on their web-site: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/. My BACP Membership Number is 781282.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Our initial session is £35, all subsequent sessions are £55 and are 50 minutes long.
A block of 6 sessions booked in advance is £300, saving £5 per session.
What to do next?
You can contact me by text, phone or email to arrange a convenient time for our first consultation. Payment for each session is payable by cash on the day or by bank transfer 24 hours in advance.
Cancellations: I understand there may be times when you have to cancel and or rearrange a session. I will try to be as flexible as possible but require a minimum of 24 hours notice otherwise the full session fee will be payable.
I offer short- term therapy (often 6-12 weeks) and long-term therapy from my peaceful, semi-rural home in Swanwick, Southampton-which is very near Whiteley, Locks Heath, Warsash, Hamble, Botley, Hedge-End and The Meon Valley. Short-term therapy often works well for specific problem areas of life, whereas long-term therapy is better suited to a person who wants to address recurrent patterns of distress, or is wishing to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Parking is available on the drive or road and there are WC facilities within the therapy room.