Catherine Souter BA, PGDip, CMCOSCA, MBACP
**Covid-19 Update** - Telephone, Online or Face to Face available to suit your needs. Life can be challenging for us all at some point and can push us to our limits. We all can struggle to cope and feel weighed down by life issues. Whether you feel alone, lost, stressed, anxious, depressed or just need someone to really listen, I hope to be there for you and together we can find a way forward. Many people have at some point in their lives experience problems with mental health and I believe that it takes more strength and courage to reach out for help than to bury the problem.
Using a Person centred approach, I aim to be there to help you better face and cope with your problems, explore these issues together, and empower and motivate you in whatever situations you may be facing. However, I strongly believe in being flexible to your needs and often use other therapeutic approaches and techniques so that you can obtain the maximum benefit from our sessions.
I will be there to support you in a non-judgemental, safe and compassionate way that suits you best, and plan to work together towards your goals – whether that may be to make a change in your life, looking for validation, contentment, peace, happiness or simply to regain your self-worth and confidence again. Or it may just be you are looking to share your story…
I can help with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, work related stress, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, different forms of abuse, childhood emotional neglect, gender identity, bereavement, eating disorders, bullying, relationship difficulties, family issues, sleep issues and Covid-19 related issues. I am fortunate to have worked in a generalist counselling capacity and have experienced a wide range of client issues. I have always felt it a privilege that clients share their lives and experiences with me and therefore fully understand the need and importance of confidentiality to each and every client.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (with commendation) - Aberdeen University
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Modules 1-4 - Rowan Consultancy
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), NHS Grampian, Aberdeen
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of Scotland’s professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA).
- Member of Aberdeen Counselling Forum (ACF).
- I also volunteer as a counsellor with Aberdeen Foyer.
- I am committed to ongoing professional development and recognise the importance of attending training regularly.
Some examples of recent training in 2020:
- Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Bereavement, Loss and TA Workshop
- Understanding post-traumatic Stress
- Working with Dissociated States of Self in the Therapeutic Relationship
- Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions
- Trauma informed care and responding to sexual abuse disclosure
- Working with Shame in the therapy room
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Building Self-confidence
- Eating Disorders - shapes, sizes and stereotypes
Some examples of recent training in 2021:
- Talk Safe, Plan Safe – A Suicide Prevention Training
- Working with and supporting autistic and neurodiverse clients
- Personalising psychotherapy - Mick Cooper and John Norcross
- Understanding Depression
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial and ongoing sessions £45 for 50 minutes
If buy 6 sessions upfront you will receive a 10% discount
Students (full time only) £35 for 50 minutes. Cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.
Sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice or not attended - full charge applies.
Concessions offered for
I am available all day Tuesday morning, Wednesday all day, Thursday afternoons and early evening. Other evenings are available upon request.
Testimonials from previous clients:
"I’ve had experiences of counselling in the past and never really thought this was for me. However, the difference was finding a counsellor that I really connected with from the start, understood my issues, listened well and challenged my thinking. I found the sessions relaxing and comfortable and were all about me and whatever I wanted to speak about. As an introverted person I find it difficult to open up and speak, Catherine was patient and asked the key questions to get me speaking and understanding myself and my thinking better. Thank you!"
"Catherine makes you feel very welcome, comfortable, and calm. Previously, I would have been scared to admit or discuss my feelings, but she taught me how to deal with them and manage my thoughts. Catherine also provided me with useful tools, techniques and podcasts that helped me throughout my process. Time is a healer but talking is too and I would fully recommend anyone to reach out to Catherine. She is kind and will never judge you, no matter what your circumstances are. She will be there to help."
“It’s made me feel good about myself, helped me a lot to figure things out and what is and isn’t good for me. It helped me understand everything that’s gone on in my head”
“Speaking to yourself has been a great help. I realise speaking to you has helped without a doubt. Speaking to anyone outwith your family without bias is good. I don’t know where I would be without this last 12 weeks”
“Really helped me to get on top of things and get back in charge of my life and not constantly just to the dark places”
“I was surprised how I feel about the sessions but I don’t dread them as much as I thought I would. It’s not been as painful as I thought. It helps me to get out of that mindset, helped me to process things I’d not thought of before. It was someone to listen to me, and realise it wasn’t my fault and get validation from my fear and anxiety"
"I’m worth something. I’m better at self-care - mentally. I’m more resilient than I realised and given myself credit for. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster but I’ve come out better for it and 12 weeks ago i was ready to give up on everything but now I can see the positives and see options and can face the future head on"
“Thank you very much and thank you for all your help and making me start to feel good about myself again”
“Good to talk things through and have reassurance and perspective on things”
“I’m grateful for your help so far and I’ve found some comfort and validation of my feelings/emotions from the sessions…………thank you very much for your time and support so far though, I appreciate everything you’ve listened to and the tools you’ve made me aware of for accessing online”