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About me

I believe that it is possible to make lasting 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. Often this involves looking at your past and how this may influence your current thoughts, feelings and actions.

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 at its core. Humanistic Counselling encompasses Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt modalities.  Overarchingly, my approach is person-centred which means that I believe that you can discover what you need to heal if you are given the right conditions.

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. I am also able to work in a CBT and Solution-focused way.

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.

Areas I can work with:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Loss
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Self esteem issues
  • Addiction

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons)
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 have also worked as a Counsellor and Bereavement Co-ordinator for a local charity.

I am committed to professional development through regular training courses, workshops and supervision.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

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.

Online sessions are £40 for individuals and £50 for couples.

My student rate is £30.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Availability

Evening and weekend appointments are available on request.

Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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 user access

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Catherine Norris, Registered MBACP

Catherine Norris, Registered MBACP