Catherine Fraser - Integrative Counsellor (MBACP Accredited)
Covid-19 - I am currently able to offer online and telephone counselling but am not seeing clients in person.
I hope I will be able to offer the help you need. I have been working as a counsellor for over ten years and have a wide range of experience to bring to the work I do with clients. I have worked in low cost agencies, drug and alcohol support charities, with university students and with private and employee assistance clients. I continue to work as an affiliate for employee assistance programmes and see private clients in Bristol and South Wales.
My approach to counselling is grounded in compassion and respect. Life can be difficult and talking to someone outside your immediate circle can help. I offer a safe and thoughtful space to explore what is happening in your life and will work with you to find a way through the difficulties.
As well as looking at the current situation it can be helpful to think about how past events have affected the present. Awareness of this can shed light on how you react to problems and why patterns of difficulties seem to repeat themselves. How much or little of your past history you choose to discuss is entirely in your hands; you are in charge of what you want to bring to counselling sessions.
What happens when you contact me
I will email or text you to arrange a time for a brief phone conversation. We can then organise an initial 50 minute meeting when we can talk about what you hope to gain from counselling and provide time for you to ask questions. All following sessions will be 50 minutes and will take place at the same time every week, unless you are working shifts in which case we can adjust the sessions accordingly.
I offer both long and short term counselling and this will be discussed at the initial meeting. Working long term means keeping the sessions open ended and working towards a mutually agreed ending when the time feels right. In short term work we choose a focus for the work and limit the number of sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling. University of Reading
Counsellor at Time to Talk Reading 2010 - 2011
Counsellor at Riverside Counselling, Henley-on-Thames 2011-2013
Counsellor and Intake Assessor at South Bucks Counselling 2013-2015
Telephone Counsellor/Assessor for Employee Assistance Organisation 2015 - 19
Private Practice formerly in Reading and now in Bristol and Caldicot S. Wales.
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
Covid-19 Please contact me to discuss fees for online and telephone sessions.
£45.00 for an initial session and all following 50 minute sessions.
Concessions may be available if you are unwaged or on a low income, this can be discussed in the initial session