Catherine Sly - I help couples to reconnect after having kids and stay close

Catherine Sly - I help couples to reconnect after having kids and stay close

East Sussex

07428 396671

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About me

Has parenthood taken a hit on your relationship?

Are you talking less, and finding the conversations you do have more stressful?

Are you uncomfortable with the roles you’ve slipped into?

Have you been having more arguments, and less sex?

Perhaps feeling disconnected from your partner is making you worry about the future.

You might be feeling lonely, missing your partner and the closeness you used to share.

Work With a Specialist

As a married mother of two, I get it. Relationships after kids are hard.

I am also a qualified and experienced therapist who specialises in the transition to parenthood.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I live and breathe relationships after kids.

I work with individuals and couples who have been feeling unsatisfied in their relationships and are ready to make some changes.

With expertise in on what parenthood means for couples, and what you need to do to keep your relationship on track, I can help you to get back to feeling like equal partners who respect and adore one another.

Get Some Help and Feel Better

With all the pressures of family life, it can be difficult to turn things around on your own.

Too often I see couples in my consulting room who are miles apart, considering separation, telling me how they wish they had got help sooner.

Don’t look back and regret not investing in your relationship while you had the chance.

We can work together to improve your communication so you can get on better, and ultimately feel closer.

What’s therapy like?

I have had counselling myself, both on my own and as part of couple, so I know how scary and overwhelming it can feel to get started. You might be concerned about what will be expected of you, or wondering if there are things that you shouldn’t talk or ask about.

Therapy works best when you feel free to talk about everything, including the experience itself, what it’s like for you and what you want from it. I am a person too and you can trust me to be real with you, and to keep our discussions confidential.

On the other hand you might be worried that going for counselling is, or will make you, self-indulgent. Actually what tends to happen is that we talk a lot about your relationships, how you feel about them, what you want and need from them, and what you can do to change them so they work better for you and the people you care about.

There’s nothing self-indulgent about spending time working out how you can get on with people better!

The practicalities

My Hove office is close to Hove Polyclinic at BN3 7NF. It is on the 5A bus route, near stops for the 5 or 5B buses, or a fifteen-minute walk from Aldrington railway station. There is plenty of free, unrestricted parking on the street nearby.

My counselling hours are Monday to Thursday 9:30am till 3pm. I do not offer counselling on evenings or weekends.

What next?

If you’re interested in finding out how I might be able to help with the difficulties you’re having in your relationship(s), you have a few options:

  • Make an appointment - you can call or text me on 07428 396671 or email using the button above
  • Give me a call just to have a chat, ask any questions you have, and see whether you feel like I might be someone you’d find it helpful to talk to
  • Have a look at my website and blog to find out a bit more about my style, and/or join my mailing list/follow me on Instagram and Facebook just to keep me on your radar for if you want help in future

There’s no point trying to do therapy with someone you don’t like or feel any connection with. The best way to get started is to have a chat on the phone, then if we feel like I will be able to help, you can come and meet me and see whether you feel like I am good fit for you.

Relationships can be hard work. They are also vital for our survival and provide us with some of the best moments of our lives. I would love to have the opportunity to see what I can do to help you make the best of yours.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Registrations:

2019: Certificate in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, EFT International School.

2018: Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

2017-2018: Supervision Training, The Rock Clinic.

2017: Certificate in Working with Couples, The Link Centre.

2016: Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

2014: Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate, Northbrook College.

2012-2014: Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Therapy, Northbrook College.

2011: NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills, City College Brighton & Hove.

2011: CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills, Varndean College.

2003-2006: BA Hons Linguistics, University of Sussex.

Counselling Experience:

2016-present: Counsellor in private practice, Insight & Connection (formerly Hove Counselling & Therapy).

2013-present: Counsellor, Rock Clinic Association, Brighton.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Phone Consultation: Free

50-Minute Sessions: £56

90-Minute Sessions: £100


Phone Consultation: Free

50-Minute Sessions: £68

90-Minute Sessions: £122

Further information

I have a special interest in the transition to parenthood and run a regular event for parents called Relationship Goals 2.0. Please see my website for more information.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

Office is on the ground floor with 3 steps at entrance.


I offer counselling to individuals and couples between 9:30am and 3pm, Monday to Thursday. Please get in touch for current availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am available for clinical supervision for trainee and qualified supervisors and couples therapists.

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