Catherine Pearce PhD, PG Dip, MBACP (Accred)
I am a Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist trained with the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) and registered with the bpf and the British Psychoanalytic Council. I am also a Psychodynamic Counsellor registered and accredited with the BACP. I have a full-time private practice based in Wheatley, near Oxford.
I work with individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties, depression, anger, anxiety and stress, low self confidence and low self esteem, relationship issues, work related problems, loss and bereavement, or who feel their lives are empty or meaningless.
I also offer supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist trained with the British Association of Psychotherapy (BAP) which became the British Foundation of Psychotherapists (bpf), and with the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA). Member of the bpf and registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
Post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Reading). Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
BA (Hons), PhD.
Many years' experience of working with clients.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school trauma
People seek psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and counselling for many different reasons. Some people come because they have feelings they have difficulty coping with, or because they feel low or depressed or seem to have no feelings at all. Others suffer from anxiety or may feel compelled to do things which are restricting their lives. Some may have physical symptoms which do not respond to medical treatment. Others find it difficult to form long-term or meaningful relationships. Some are struggling with a life situation which has become intolerable, and want help in coping with it. Many people may just feel empty or ‘stuck’, or that their lives lack meaning or fulfillment.
People with any of these problems, symptoms or states of mind may benefit from psychoanalytic psychotherapy or counselling. Therapy may help people to cope with the problems they are suffering from and to leave them behind.
What are psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic counselling?
These terms refer to therapies which are underpinned by the psychoanalytic model. Typically psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy would be more intense (in terms of frequency of sessions) and counselling is typically a once a week therapy.
Theory suggests that our personalities are not purely determined by our genes, but are influenced by our early experiences and relationships. These experiences lead to the formation of behaviour patterns and feelings of which we are not consciously aware but which cause internal conflict, influence new relationships and cause us to act out familiar roles. These unconscious patterns may underlie the problems and symptoms we suffer from in later life. They are difficult to see for ourselves, without the help of another person.
Regular counselling sessions provide a setting within which the client and the therapist, working together, can bring these unconscious patterns and conflicts into the open with a view to change.
Therapy is a unique and often profound experience that can lead not only to the alleviation of symptoms and removal of difficulties; it can also lead to long-term change in the way we live our lives and feel about ourselves and others.
Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling are recommended by NICE for treating a range of mental health issues.
What will happen in the first meeting(s)?
I will tell you something about how therapy works and ask you some questions so that you can have an opportunity to tell me about yourself and what is troubling you. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. If we agree that we might be able to work together effectively, we will arrange to meet on a regular basis, at the same time(s) each week.
How long should I come for therapy?
That depends on why you are coming and what you want to achieve. Profound change cannot be achieved in short time, but can over a longer period. However, I do occasionally offer short-term help for particular difficulties.