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About me

Welcome. I am an experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor offering online, phone and in-person counselling to adults and young people.

Life is not always easy. It is a truth that none of us can avoid. The fact that you are looking at this page suggests that there is something in your life that feels stuck, painful, maybe hopeless or unreachable and that you want something different for yourself – that you want to find a path to change.

Perhaps you want to free yourself from repetitive patterns of behaviour, self-limiting beliefs or the impact of trauma – to deepen your connection to yourself so that life feels richer, more rewarding and that you feel more authentically you.

I understand that asking for help is not easy, in fact, it may be one of the hardest things you ever do. Self-discovery may feel daunting and takes courage, but I invite you to begin.

The cornerstone of my counselling is to offer you a safe, empathetic and thoughtful space in which you feel both seen and heard. Here, we will work at your pace to explore together the many parts of you that have brought you to this moment. This may include current situations, as well as parts of your past, life events and ways of being that you may feel define you, but perhaps no longer serve you.

I draw on several key therapeutic modalities in my sessions, all built upon my core psychodynamic training. These include a deep respect for our embodied experience, for the 'felt sense' of ourselves - and all the truths that our bodies hold; an understanding of our many 'parts' those that we know and love, and others that are more uncomfortable and challenging, or perhaps unknown; the power of movement to process feelings and give meaning to experience, and the development of mindfulness to create awareness and focus.

If this sounds like what you are looking for then please call or email me to arrange a free 20-minute phone consultation during which we can decide together how to proceed.

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here."  Max Ehrmann

Training, qualifications & experience

In-Depth Training

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
  • BA Hons Sociology (Psychology)
  • Certificate in Embodied Psychotherapy (ongoing)
  • Certificate in Time-limited Therapy
  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher to Young People
  • Certified Yoga Teacher

Short Courses and Workshops

Adolescence / Working with Young People / Self-harm / Suicide / Working with the Body / Attachment Theory / Focusing / Young People and Sexuality / Jungian Theory

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

I charge £45 per 50-minute session. I currently work online, on the phone or face-to-face outdoors if this is preferable. I also offer a limited number of concessionary spaces.

Availability

Sessions can be arranged during normal working hours, Tuesday to Friday. I have a limited number of evening sessions.

Further information

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to its Code of Ethics. I store data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5

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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.

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Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Catherine Macer

Catherine Macer