Catherine Petersen Msc.Bsc.(Psych). Dip Couns. MBACP, FRSA.
Life can seem overwhelming at times...stress, anxiety, loss or depression can affect us all at any time and at any age. We are still living in particularly uncertain times which could bring up feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear or depression. Will I be able to continue to keep my family, friends and myself safe? What does my/our future look like? How can I process loss of family, friends or maybe my job? How does the easing of restrictions feel for me? All very valid questions and concerns that may lead to uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Sharing them with a trained professional on a one to one basis helps.
Perhaps you are experiencing relationship issues or work/study pressures are building. You might be coping with on going or new health issues that are causing you challenges. Maybe your life has changed in some other way and you are finding it difficult to adapt? Also modern family life isn't always easy, difficulties may arise from separation, divorce and/or blended or extended family setups.
Or it might be that you feel that things are simply getting on top of you more than usual and you need some clarity. The events of the last year or so have left many of us feeling sad or lacking energy. I can help you with all of these areas.
I understand that taking the decision to contact a counsellor might feel difficult, but it represents a really important first step towards gaining a better understanding of your feelings and relationships. If making that first call seems too daunting, why not drop me a short email with your areas of concern?
I offer an opportunity to explore your concerns using a 'person centred' and 'integrative' counselling approach -this means working at a pace you are comfortable with and employing counselling methods that will be carefully tailored to suit your individual needs. You may feel that you are caught up in a cycle of anxiety or worry and need some assistance breaking these thought cycles and seeing past these issues? Understanding these feelings and then managing and letting them go is what we can work towards.
It really can help to share your thoughts and feelings in a non judgemental and confidential environment.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
*In light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation I am currently offering on line and telephone counselling but not face to face counselling at the moment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced person centered counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists BACP Accredited) and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) I also have a first degree in Psychology (Hons) and a Msc.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
I also have 25 years experience of training and development in various public sector and corporate environments. I offer career coaching, interview preparation support plus redundancy and retirement counselling.
In addition to my established private counselling practice, I have provided voluntary counselling at a local charitable organisation for individuals who may be experiencing difficulties relating to unemployment, bereavement, anxiety, loss, self harm, sexual abuse and low self esteem.
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
Young adult counselling
Adult orphan counselling
Concessions offered for
I offer the following fee structure:
Free initial short assessment and thereafter per 50 minute session:
£50 Individuals £65 couples
I am offering online (Zoom) and telephone counselling at the moment.
Initially some people are unsure if counselling is for them, so I offer a free short initial assessment. This short assessment outlines the counselling process and answers any queries that you may have. Please ensure when booking that you let me know if you would like the free initial short assessment.
If client timings allow, the free initial short assessment can be followed immediately by a full 50 minute counselling session. (The normal counselling fee will be payable at the end of these sessions).
- Free on street parking is available
- Near to A2 and Bexley Village
- Bus routes: 269,229 and 132
- Nearest train stations: Bexley and Albany Park