Catherine Donnelly (BSc Hons, PG Dip, MBACP Reg.)
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.
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
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.
Weekday and evening sessions available. In special circumstances, children under 18 months are allowed in sessions with you.