Catherine Robertson MBACP (Accred)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor with 9 years experience. I work with both adults and children from my practice in Charing Cross. Trained in an integrative approach, I can adapt my skills to best match what you or your child needs from counselling.
Counselling for Adults
Most people come to counselling when feeling overwhelmed, upset or stuck in their lives. But asking for help can be difficult. You can trust that I will be sensitive to how nervous you might be feeling about doing this. I will be open to answering any questions you may have about how counselling works.
In our sessions, I will look to build a genuine connection with you so you can feel comfortable talking about any difficult feelings or experiences you've had.
Often people feel a great sense of relief when first opening up about problems in their lives. However, over time counselling can also help you feel more confident in yourself and more in control of your life again
Whilst many people will want to talk about their issues, this can be a very limited way of working for some. I can offer more structured or creative techniques where we both agree this is appropriate.
The counselling I offer will focus on your needs, wants and goals. Where these may feel unclear, you will be supported to discover what these may be.
Counselling for Children 4-13 years
Are you concerned about or struggling with your child’s behaviour? Perhaps they are withdrawn or difficult to manage. Even when the reasons why are clear, it can be difficult to know how to help. Many parents end up feeling stuck, frustrated or helpless.
You may not be sure if counselling is right. However, just like adults, children can benefit from having a private, confidential space to figure out their feelings. I am trained to use play, arts and talking therapy to support children to communicate difficulties in their lives in a way that works.
Being helped to understand confusing feelings and having these validated can be a powerful experience for a child. As a result, they are likely to feel more confident about themselves and be more able to manage challenging situations in the future.
Parents are supported and consulted with throughout their child's counselling. I will listen carefully to your concerns and I won’t make assumptions about your situation. I will support you to re-discover your strengths as a parent and learn new approaches.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a wealth of experience from providing counselling over the past nine years. Primarily working in schools and universities, I am skilled in working with a wide range of issues of varying severity and complexity.
My specific knowledge and interest is in the neurobiology of distress including attachment issues and trauma and how these manifest as mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
I am trained in the person-centred approach and in an integrative, holistic approach. This means I can adapt my way of working to suit each individual and take into account how their environment may affect their wellbeing.
- AdvDip Counselling Children and Young People Using Creative Arts (Play Therapy UK)
- PgDip Counselling
- MA (Hons) Psychology
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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Adults: £45 per session (50 minutes)
Children: £50 per session (45 minutes or less depending on your child's age and needs)
Costs are higher for children due to the variety of creative materials, toys and games provided.
Whether enquiring for yourself or your child, our first appointment together will be an initial consultation. This is an opportunity to discuss your issues more fully and where I can make an assessment whether the counselling I offer could be helpful for you.
Often people report that an initial consultation can feel therapeutic in itself and help them start to more clearly define what their issues may be. During this appointment, we can briefly discuss both past and present circumstances that may be affecting you now.
Initial consultations last 50 minutes and are charged at the usual session rate. You can expect to receive clear advice from me about what is most likely to suit you best at this time.
I run my private practice on a Monday afternoon and a Tuesday evening. I am based in an office near Charing Cross. It is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with mobility issues.
Making an Appointment
There are a number of ways in which you can contact me to set up an initial consultation. You can phone or message me using the options below. This can be helpful if you have any questions you would like answered before setting up a first appointment.
You can also make a booking securely and directly using my online diary. It has my most up-to-date availability for appointments and you can choose with ease what time suits you best. This can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/crcounselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings
Types of client