Catherine Harding

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BA, DipTC, DipCA, MBACP, neuro-affirmative ADHD Counsellor
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Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7PG
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified BACP registered therapeutic counsellor who works with adults of all ages and young people over 15 years old. 

I work with clients dealing with all kinds of issues including anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, relationship difficulties or low self esteem. 

Maybe you are re-evaluating your life or relationships, or coping with change or a difficult family situation. Or it may be that you are feeling distressed, anxious or unhappy and not sure how to deal with those feelings. 

I can provide a confidential safe place for you to explore what you are feeling, a place to deal with what went on in the past and a place to think about what you want to have in your life going forward. 

One of the areas I specialise in is working therapeutically with clients who have ADHD, Autism Spectrum Condition or other neurodiverse conditions. My own experience of having ADHD has shaped my approach and professional interest in this area.  I work in a neuro affirmative way, which means I accept the differences in all of us and I start from a place of trying to understand what your life is like for you. We look at what you want to work on and recognise and appreciate the strengths and qualities that make you who you are.  

Often people come to see me because they are adjusting to their own or a family members’ diagnosis. Sometimes we may be grieving or angry about what we haven’t had so far. It may be that you want to understand yourself or others better, or to accept who you are so you can be more at peace with yourself. It may be that you are having to navigate changes in your life like a new relationship or a new work or social environment. 

I can help you think about whatever it is within a professional, supportive therapeutic relationship. 

I offer an open and non judgmental approach, either as short or medium-term work or as ongoing sessions.

Standard sessions are 50 minutes long and we can work together either face to face in rooms in Basingstoke town centre on the phone or online.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Bachelor of Arts, where I majored in Psychology, from the University of Sydney, Australia. I also hold a Diploma of Therapeutic Counselling from Farnborough College of Technology here in the UK and have Advanced Diploma training in Counselling Adolescents. 

I have seen older adults and adult clients of all ages through independent counselling agencies and I have worked with adolescents in a sixth form college environment.

I have completed additional professional development and have experience working with family and relationship issues, neurodivergence including ADHD in all populations, as well as specifically in women (both diagnosed and not yet diagnosed), LGBT+ issues, bereavement, anxiety, chronic illness, trauma and shame.

I also have experience dealing with fatigue conditions like Chronic Fatigue/ME and Long Covid and executive burnout.  If you are dealing with a chronic health condition, I can offer online or phone counselling which can be tailored to your needs and in consideration of your health and energy levels.  

I work in an integrative way, which means I have studied and thought about different theories of why we are the way we are and how we can address any difficulties we are experiencing.  Every client is an individual to me, so I use different aspects of these theories in our work together.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£65.00 per session

Additional information

I believe it is important that the 'chemistry' is right between you and any counsellor you choose to work with. To try and help with this, I offer a 15-20 minute initial phone call free of charge to begin to talk about why you want to have counselling and give you a chance to ask any immediate questions you may have about me and how I work.

The next step is an initial assessment session, which is longer than a standard session (usually 1 hour and 10 mins) and this is chargeable at £75. There is some information gathering in this session as well as some time for us to consider what your needs are, establish an initial time period to work together and identify any therapeutic goals. It’s ok if you don’t know exactly what you want to achieve when you start, we can talk about it together and these goals can be reviewed as we go along.

Please contact me if you have any further questions or would like to explore the possibility of us working together. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Current availability for face to face appointments is limited to mid morning/middays on Weds/Thurs/Fridays. On Tuesdays I have 1-2 online sessions available, between 10.45am-2.00pm. 

Further information

Private work is done through my agency, Bowbrook Counselling. 

I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, maintaining strict client confidentiality within UK legal requirements. I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and all client data is treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). 

The Treatment Hub, 27 London Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7PG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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