Catherine Risman - MBACP

Catherine Risman - MBACP

About me

There are many reasons you may be looking at this website and feeling in need of some counselling:

  • Anxiety or depression.
  • Family difficulties.
  • Health problems.
  • Transition periods, for example starting a family or retirement.
  • Difficulty in forming or maintaining relationships.
  • Communication breakdown and disagreements.
  • Affairs or betrayal.
  • Divorce or Separation.
  • Difficult diagnoses.
  • Bereavement.

I can help you make sense of your difficulties and offer time and space to explore any changes you would like to make in your life. Relationships and the need for connection are fundamental to our well being; I specialise in relationship difficulties and can empower you to make any necessary changes in order to repair and rebuild relationships of every kind.

In order to help you identify if counselling is right for you, I offer an initial 30 minute telephone consultation free of charge to explore this. We discuss the circumstances that bring you to counselling and how we can work together, eg confidentiality, number and frequency of sessions, fees and any other questions or concerns you may have.

At this point there is no commitment and you can think about whether you wish to continue with counselling.

I welcome you to give me a call on: 07973841743 or click here to send me an email.

These are some of the comments previous clients have made about me:

"Thank you for being there and for listening and caring. It has given me the strength to start moving forward again."

"Your support has been invaluable to me and if I hadn't come to see you, there would have been so much I wouldn't have known or understood."

"Thank you for your empathy and compassion during my recent heartbreak. It was so painful, and our counselling sessions were an absolute lifeline for me."

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters in Relationship Therapy (couples, families and individuals) from Relate Institute (validated by University of Hull, accredited by BACP).
  • Registered Member, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
  • I have undergone extensive further training, including Couples Therapy for Depression (Tavistock Relationships), Emotionally-Focussed Family Therapy and Asperger Syndrome (trained by Maxine Aston).
  • Ongoing training and continuous professional development are fundamental to my practice.
  • Five years working for Relate with couples, families and individuals. Expertise in working with couples where one partner has Asperger traits, and also couples where one partner has depression.
  • Five years working with parents for Family Lives.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

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  • Private counselling room


£50 Individual counselling.

£65 Couple/Family counselling.

Further information

I aim to offer an environment in which you will feel at ease and able to collaborate in the counselling journey; I have expertise in relationship counselling, but you are the acknowledged expert on your own relationships.

I ensure you are informed at every stage about the counselling process and given opportunities to feed back what is most helpful to you.

Working ethically is important to me; I adhere to the BACP code of ethics.

My work is supervised regularly, maintaining client confidentiality. I comply with current data protection legislation and the security of client information is imperative.

My professional development is continual; I attend training courses and workshops on a regular basis.

I am a member of the BACP and also work as a Relate registered practitioner.

Maps & Directions

Nottingham, NG2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French, German


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I am available for daytime and evening appointments by arrangement in my private and discreet counselling room.

Types of client

Older adults