Catherine Lawrence

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MBACP Accredited Counsellor; Person-Centred Experiential
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Bristol BS5 & Cardiff CF11
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you need someone to talk to? You're welcome here. I'm Catherine, as a person-centred counsellor, I can help you understand your experience from your own point of view and create a relationship where you feel seen and learn to be more in touch with yourself and others.

Feeling stuck in life, ruminating, or reliving difficult moments? I know how painful it can be. Whether it’s your mental health, relationships, or life changes that you need help with, I believe that somewhere inside, you know best how to right yourself. You can decide what we talk about and we will go at your pace.

How I Can Help

When you face difficult life experiences, you may want to learn skills to better manage your emotional pain and shape the life you want going forward. That’s why I incorporate powerful body-based practices such as Mindfulness, Focusing, and Non-Violent Communication, into my counselling. I use an embodied approach, which includes ‘Parts Work’. This brings together Person-centred and Experiential practice, so you can feel your experience change, as you get in touch with the different parts of you which may be in conflict. 

Areas I Can Help With

I have a particular interest in helping people connect with themselves, as this can be an anchor to hold you steady, and a compass to help you move. I work with clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, identity, family issues, singleness, stress, work-related issues, and climate and eco-anxiety. I have specialist training in bereavement and have supported women who self-harm.

In a client's words: “I highly recommend Catherine to anyone considering a counsellor to support them through difficulties – she is accepting, understanding, and knowledgeable, and offers a warm and safe counselling experience” - J.M.

Get in Touch

If you feel daunted by starting counselling, I will try and help you feel as relaxed as possible. We’ve got as long as you need. I’m ready to meet you as you are, and listen to you in a way that helps you feel more yourself again. When you email, if you don’t hear back within 48 hours, please check your spam folder.  It’s a good idea to leave a number for me to text you on as a second point of contact.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accreditation and Initial Training

I’m a BACP Accredited Counsellor. I trained in Person-Centred Integrative Counselling and achieved a Distinction for my Foundation Degree in Science in Counselling with the University of Gloucester in 2019.

I’m an experienced Counsellor and I’m accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work to their professional standards.

Further Training and Interests

I have a Certificate in Focusing, which is an experiential method which I combine with my Person-Centred approach. I am a trainee Focusing Oriented Therapist, and trainee member of The International Focusing Institute (TIFI).

I trained in Non-Violent Communication and Restorative Circles with Seeds of Peace, bereavement with Cruse Bereavement Support, and self-harm with Self Injury Support Helpline.

My Background and Life Experience

Person-Centred counselling is all about coming alongside you in solidarity. With a background in Social Anthropology, I spent years in UK, Europe, Africa, and Asia, seeking to understand the human condition and to be in solidarity with people’s suffering. I value a person-centred approach to learning from life, having home-educated my children. My life has been inspired by Faith Traditions, Mindfulness, Focusing, Enneagram of Personality, Non-Violent Communication, and Child-Led Education.

My life experience gives me particular insights into issues of identity, culture, and spirituality, as well as relationships, family and children.

Embodied Approach and Parts Work

I use an Embodied Approach because understanding what our body is telling us, can help make sure we are with the thing that really needs our attention. We might check in with your bodily ‘felt sense’ of situations in your life. This can bring us in touch with different parts of you which may have very different ideas about what you should do. Being present with them, really listening to and empathising with their concerns, can help resolve the ‘stuckness’ in your life. We can gently listen to your body’s wisdom, and let this guide your decisions.

I’ve seen my clients become more in touch with their own sense of a situation, more accepting of themselves and their experience, and more self-determined and empowered.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Therapies offered

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£58.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

If you’re worried about how you will afford counselling, ask about my introductory offer; I can offer the first 6 sessions at a reduced rate of £50. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Session times are Mon 3.30-8pm, and Tue to Thu 9am-1.30pm. In-person sessions are in Bristol BS5 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and you can work with me online on Zoom or by phone any day

Further information


I’m available for new clients. My availability at the moment is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings/lunchtime. I'm in-person in Bristol on Mondays and Tuesdays and online from Mondays to Thursdays.

Get in Touch

When you are ready, let's have an initial conversation about the possibility of starting counselling. You can book this on Zoom or a phone call at the menu tab 'Book Intro Call' above, or email me to arrange an in-person conversation or a different time. 

Online Counselling

You may get an appointment quicker by meeting online. Zoom or phone counselling gives you flexibility over where and how your counselling takes place, with the benefits of reduced travel time and the convenience of being in your own space.

What to Expect

You may want to decide in advance what to bring, or we can work with whatever is alive for you at the time. If you need a little help to get started, I can ask you some questions, or if needed, I can help you pause and take stock, so we can really hear what needs our attention.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bristol, City Of Bristol, BS5

Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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I work on the ground floor of a house in Easton, Bristol BS5. Parking is available on the street nearby. We are close to Stapleton Road train station, Bus Stops at Villiers Rd, Croydon St, or Kilburn Rd, and the Bristol to Bath Cycle-path.

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Catherine Lawrence
Catherine Lawrence