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About me

If times are tough, you might need a calm and steady space in which to explore the situation you're in. I understand, and I am here to help. Working online or outdoors in a beautiful woodland setting, I offer a warm and supportive relationship as you work your way towards answers.

Drawing on my Humanistic training and influenced by mindfulness and compassion practices, together we will find ways of working which support you in growth and healing.

My practice is trauma-informed and guided by the primary need to establish a sense of greater safety in the body before engaging with challenging emotional work. We will work at a pace that feels right for you as you explore your experiences, deepen your self-understanding, and develop tools to support yourself moving forwards.

If this sounds like what you are looking for, please do get in touch. Call or email to arrange an initial 10 minute phone call to discuss suitability. We can then arrange an inital session, free of charge, which is a chance to get to know me a little and decide if you'd feel comfortable working with me. From there, I generally suggest an initial block of six sessions. This may be all you need, or you might find you'd like to work together for a longer period. I offer both short- and longer-term counselling and we can decide together what will be best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of BACP. My training is in Humanistic and Integrative counselling. This means that I believe that each individual has an innate capacity for growth and healing, given the right circumstances and support. I also draw on over 15 years of yoga and mindfulness practice and teaching, bringing an understanding of the intimate connections between body and mind.  I have experience working with clients of all ages and genders, and a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues and grief.

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

50 minute sessions cost £50, online or face-to-face outdoors. I have a limited number of concessionary spaces available at £35, please enquire if cost is a barrier.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Stroud
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Face to face sessions take place in a woodland setting with some uneven paths.

Additional languages

None

Catherine Forrester

Catherine Forrester