Catherine Macer

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BACP Accredited, Psychodynamic and Somatic Counselling
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Life is not easy. The fact that you are looking at my 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 things to change.

Perhaps you want to free yourself from repetitive patterns of behaviour, self-limiting beliefs, depression, anxiety, or the impact of abuse. Or maybe you want 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. Maybe you are not sure if counselling is right for you. Whatever your concerns, I offer you a safe, empathetic and thoughtful space in which you can feel both seen and heard, to begin the journey of change.

My approach is psychodynamic and somatic, so talk-based and relational, with a focus on your embodied experience. This means that we will explore whatever you bring through talking together, and with a curiosity about the felt sensations in your body. If it feels right for you, we may also explore feelings and situations through movement, visualizations, art and other creative forms.  My work also draws on Internal Family Systems / Voice Dialogue, Attachment Theory, mindfulness, neuroscience, psycho-education, and dream work.  I work in a trauma-informed way to ensure that whatever arises is held in a safe and appropriate way. My wish for you is that you develop a deeper understanding of yourself, so that you can make different choices, live more fully and make the changes you seek.

If we decide to work together, we will do so at your pace, exploring together whatever it is that you want to bring. 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 offer a free 20-minute phone call during which you can ask any questions you like, and we can each get a sense of whether or not we want to work together.  Please email me to arrange that.

"The wound is the place where the light comes in." Rumi

Training, qualifications & experience

In-Depth Training

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

Short Courses and Workshops

Adolescence / Working with Young People / Self-harm / Suicide / Working with the Body / Attachment Theory / Grief and Loss / Focusing / Young People and Sexuality / Jungian Theory / IFS Parts Work / Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine.

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).

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

My sessions are 50-minutes long. I currently work face-to-face from my room in Stroud, or online if this is preferable.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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

Further information

I am an Accredited 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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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My room is on the ground floor and close to the front door of the building.

Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams