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Hello I'm Catherine. I provide a safe confidential space with compassionate and empathetic support: I am here to listen. 

I know it can be scary to reach out for support particularly if its the first time! Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions about therapy, myself, your goals or concerns. I'll be happy to answer any questions before arranging a session. Contact me to arrange a free consultation.

Face-to-face sessions and online sessions via zoom available.

​I am an experienced and highly qualified Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy and Art Psychotherapy. 

The core of my work is safety, empathy and establishing trust.

To do this, I will always work at your pace, to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and able to share your thoughts. We will work with whatever it is that you feel you want or need to bring to the therapy room. And everything you do bring will always be met with a non judgemental ear. 

Additional information on Art Therapy and EMDR :

I have a specialism in Art Therapy which is a form of Psychotherapy. It is not essential to use art in therapy; The use of art in the therapy room is used as a tool, aid to or form of communication and or expression in the therapy room. It can be used to help us to untie tricky emotions. It can help us process and understand ourselves, our thoughts or feelings about our past, present or future experiences/anxieties.

Art Therapy is unique in its ability to work within your window of tolerance. There is no pressure to talk or to make art in Art Therapy. It can be incredibly difficult for us to talk about our feelings or experiences sometimes. Making art can feel safer and easier than just talking. Using art helps to access parts of our brains that shut down when things become overwhelming and or traumatic. This in turn can help access, process, understand and move forward form such difficult experiences or feelings.

Art Therapy can be used to help adults, children and young people. Art therapy originally was inspired by psychoanalysis but today Art Therapy draws from many psychological theories and approaches for instance; attachment based theories, neuroscience, metallisation, mindfulness and compassion-focused. Each person is unique and Art Therapy tailors its approach to suit the needs of the individual. The therapeutic relationship and what is Brought to the therapy room is what is most important.


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy. ​EMDR is an evidence based Psychotherapy treatment that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress a person feels as a result of trauma. 

The eye movements used in this treatment are said to create a similar effect to that produced during the REM stage of sleep. The brain re-processes the information, from the very root which created the problem. While it may seem daunting to have to go through memories, EMDR is a structured, safe, effective, evidenced-based therapy. EMDR allows for one to remain fully grounded in the present moment, ensuring the avoidance of additional trauma. And, you don’t have to go into any detail, as the details are not as important as the overall feelings, thoughts, and sensations.

EMDR is especially effective in people who have PTSD and can also be useful for people who have Anxiety, Phobias, Mood Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Grief, Addiction, Low Self Esteem, and Depression. 

This is very good evidence that EMDR is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for PTSD. The evidence for using EMDR to treat other disorders is less clear. EMDR may be an effective treatment for other conditions, particularly if they involve trauma memories or other distressing memories, but more research is needed.

For more information please contact me. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced Psychotherapist with a wealth of experience working with adults, young people, teens and children. I have experience in a variety of settings including; private practice, mental health hospitals and in both primary and secondary mainstream and SEN schools. 

I have a Masters with distinction in Art Psychotherapy from the University of Derby.
I am Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

I am currently working in private practice as well as contracted to working in schools in Derbyshire and work with Adoption Support East Midlands.

I have and do work with people who come to me with a vast array of experiences and or diagnosis including for example; Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, Autism, Complex Trauma, Stress, Difficulties with Anger, Bereavement, Abuse and Low Self Esteem.

  • I have an ICO Registration - Information Commissioners Office.
  • I have a full DBS Certificate - Disclosure and Baring service.
  • I have Professional Indemnity Insurance in use (Howden Insurance).
  • I ​attend monthly clinical supervision.

EMDR Trainee Part 1 complete meaning I am able to begin EMDR treatment (Eye Movement, Desensitisation and reprocessing training October 2021).

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Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Free initial consultation

£55 per session (50 minutes)

I reserve a few spaces with reduced rates for low income clients that are available on request. 


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Contact me for further details

Further information

The core of my work is safety, empathy and establishing trust.

To do this, I will always work at your pace, to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and able to share your thoughts. We will work with whatever it is that you feel you want or need to bring to the therapy room. And everything you do bring will always be met with a non judgemental ear. 

7 Bosworth House
South Street
LE65 1BF

Ashby Holistic centre
2 Huntingdon court
Ashby De La Zouch
LE65 1HX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

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 accessible room available to use.

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Catherine Kniveton

Catherine Kniveton