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Catherine Donnelly (BSc Hons, PG Dip, MBACP Reg.)

About me

COVID-19 UPDATE:

During these uncertain times, as we all try to make sense of the current challenges faced due to COVID-19, I am offering all sessions remotely via phone, Zoom or Skype. We can continue with face-to-face appointments once it is possible to do so, if preferred. This is a unique period of instability, forcing many people into difficult circumstances, particularly as the impact of coronavirus is felt on our mental health as well as our physical wellbeing. It can be overwhelming to suddenly have to alter routines and being forced to isolate ourselves can leave us anxious and fearful as well as less connected. Please get in touch and we can organise a suitable time for an initial appointment.

I am a BACP-registered, integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. I believe that a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting, and a uniquely supportive, yet challenging relationship between therapist and client is essential in order for the therapeutic process to be effective.

My approach incorporates insight, empathy and compassion, offering you the space and time to explore your thoughts and feelings. My aim is to collaborate with you in finding solutions to any issues that are preventing you from living your life in the way you would like and to help you work towards your personal goals.

As an integrative therapist, I draw upon a number of different psychotherapeutic approaches and tailor this to your individual needs. I work mainly from a humanistic/client-centred model and also use techniques from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), gestalt, solution-focused therapy, and rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT). I practice mindfulness teachings throughout my work.

I offer individual counselling to adults and young people, covering a range of issues, including relationship issues, domestic abuse, divorce and separation, sexual abuse, college and workplace bullying, redundancy, stress, panic attacks, phobias, obsessions and OCD, anxiety, depression, self-confidence issues, low self-esteem, anger issues, addictions, bereavement, pregnancy and fertility issues, abortion, sexuality, family conflict, recovery from life-threatening illness, PTSD, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder and many more.

My background is in healthcare publishing; I also spent a number of years working for the mental health charity SANE and as a psychotherapist at a mental health day centre and at a community centre, as well as my years in private practice. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethics.

I offer both time-limited and open-ended long-term therapy. We will usually have a review of therapeutic progress after 6 sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Registered member of the BACP.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Individuals: £50 per session.

Some low-cost concession appointments are occasionally available - please enquire.

I operate a waiting list at busier times and can update you when a space becomes available.

Further information

Weekday and evening sessions available. In special circumstances, children under 18 months are allowed in sessions with you.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Available for online and phone sessions. Both daytime and evening appointments. Please call or email me to discuss an initial appointment. In busier periods, I operate a waiting list.

Catherine Donnelly (BSc Hons, PG Dip, MBACP Reg.)

Catherine Donnelly (BSc Hons, PG Dip, MBACP Reg.)