Catherine Norris, Registered MBACP
I believe that it is possible to make swift changes within a confidential, focused and compassionate working relationship. Together, we can determine what is truly important to you and move towards a meaningful life with your values at the core.
Counselling is often about embracing authenticity, becoming the person you were before social and familial conditioning. I will work alongside you, helping you to make sense of your current difficulties, to find clarity, coping skills and ways to move forward.
I use a pluralistic approach which means that I can draw from a range of therapies and tailor sessions towards a way of working that feels right for you.
My original training was Humanistic which has free will and ethical decision making, based on reason and empathy, at its core. Humanistic Counselling encompasses Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt modalities. Over the years I have also incorporated more structured ways of working such as CBT and Solution Focused therapy.
More recently, I have become interested in 'third wave therapies', most notably Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused therapy (CFT) and have integrated facets of these into my practice.
However, ultimately, life and change are always relational and it is the relationship between individuals that is at the core of any therapeutic intervention. I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you on this part of your journey.
I have special interests in the areas of Anxiety, Couples Counselling and Bereavement, but here are some of the areas I can work with:
- Relationship difficulties
- Self esteem issues
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2007)
I completed a BACP accredited course in 2007 which included extensive practical training and my own personal therapy.
Since then I have worked within the NHS and Social Services in a therapeutic capacity, as well as running my own private practice.
I am also employed as a Therapist and Bereavement Co-ordinator for a charity that supports the families of life limited children.
I am committed to professional development through regular training courses, workshops and supervision.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial session of up to 90 minutes for £40 and thereafter I offer 60 minute sessions at a cost of £45 for individuals, and £60 for couples.