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About me

My name is Catherine Taylor.  I am based in Southchurch but also offer online counselling.  I am an accredited counsellor.

I work with adults and young people.  I work with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and much more.  Please contact me for more information 07305357566.

I am the founder of Sensera Counselling and the SensERA 3 step Approach:

STEP 1: Through talking therapy I will help you to explore issues concerning your well being and perspectives on life.

During our counselling sessions we will explore your presenting issues which may involve exploring the past.

Once you have an understanding of how things are, you can use this as a starting point to then determine the direction you now wish to travel. I believe we do not need to be prisoners to our past. We all have the resources we need inside to start a new day with a new outlook. I can help you to engage with these resources so that your life can begin to change.

STEP 2:  I provide every client with a journal. (It is up to you if you wish to use it.) You do not need to have any experience of keeping a journal and be assured that there is no right or wrong way to fill it in. I just ask that you keep it safe due to the temptation that other people you live with may have to read it. Perhaps even use code names if you think this would be beneficial to you.

I will ask you to complete journalling homework activities based around our sessions. The homework activities will enable you to explore certain aspects of your thinking experience at a deeper level.

The process of journalling is also empowering as it is something that you are engaging in alone. This process will therefore allow you to realise your own personal power to reflect on and understand yourself. This is a very valuable tool for moving forward in your life.

STEP 3:  To change requires a conscious decision to do things differently. This is important so that we can start to achieve our goals. These goals may be big or small, they may be to do with achievement externally or internally.

Being mindful is the final outcome of our counselling sessions. It involves embracing techniques which will fundamentally change your life. This will require commitment by you but the results will be worth it.

Being mindful involves awakening to the power of your imagination so you can create a new approach to your life.

I studied Literature, Life and Thought at University, graduating in 1998. My study introduced me to concepts from psychology and philosophy which continue to influence my outlook.

I developed the sensERA Approach as a complete package to compliment the journey from the beginning to the end of counselling.

I consider myself to be a compassionate, understanding and friendly counsellor. I attend regular supervision and I am committed to my ongoing training and personal development.

Training, qualifications & experience

1995 -1998. Liverpool John Moores University. 2.1 BA Hons Literature, Life and Thought
2002 AQA: Counselling Theory Certificate
2002 AQA: Counselling Skills Certificate
2002 -2005 Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
2004 NVQ in Youth Work Level 2
2005 Relate Counselling Young People                                                                      2006 PTUK, Sussex. Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.                    2008 Anglia Ruskin University: Undergraduate Credit in Clinical Supervision
2008 AQA Counselling Unit: Working with Couples
2012-2013 PTTLS teaching qualification

I qualified as a Counsellor in 2005, securing professional counselling work and progressing to a position as Counselling Project Leader for Relate and The Family and Relationship Centre. After the birth of my first child I worked as an Adult Education Tutor of Counselling. I had time out to bring up my children and now run Sensera Counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies

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Face to face counselling.  In-person appointments are held at Lifehouse Therapy 745b Southchurch Road Southend SS1 2PP. Providing a clean, calm neutral space for face to face counselling. Initial assessment is £25. Each session thereafter is £40.

Online counselling. This involves counselling via video call, in this case, using the platform ‘Zoom’. Online initial assessment is £15. Each session online thereafter is £30.

Walk and talk counselling.  Walk and talk counselling brings counselling into open spaces. Combing counselling with non strenuous exercise. £30 per session.

Youth counselling.  Counselling for young people aged 13 - 17 years old. Enhanced DBS checked. Face to face or online prices as stated above.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Lifehouse Therapy Centre
745b Southchurch Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

There are a few steps from the pavement to my room on Southchurch Road. Unfortunately these steps are slightly too high for a wheelchair ramp.


Please contact me to arrange a convenient appointment time.  I have appointments in the morning, afternoon, evening and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Catherine Taylor. NCS (Accred) BA Hons Lit, Life and Thought. Dip Counselling.

Catherine Taylor. NCS (Accred) BA Hons Lit, Life and Thought. Dip Counselling.