Making the initial step and asking for support or guidance via therapy is often the hardest step and the process of visiting a therapist for the first time can cause much anxiety and fear.
This is a perfectly normal way to feel when entering the unknown. You may feel uncertain about what actually happens in a therapy session.
My name is Cathie and I hope that I can help alleviate some of your anxiety.
If you would like to come and see me the first session is a chance for us to meet and explore you and your life experiences. The session will last 1 hour and also gives us a chance to see if we can make a connection. The sessions are your space and so it is important that you feel comfortable and that trust can be developed with me.
As your therapist it is not my role to tell you what to do but I can help you explore yourself, your life experiences and any patterns that occur. This will aid you in gaining a deeper self awareness and understanding of yourself, which we all need to live happier and more fulfilled lives.
I work to an integrative model, which incorporates many different techniques and theories. Using this model allows me the freedom to tailor the therapy to each individuals needs. It is my belief that it is the relationships and experiences within them, from our childhood to the present, that hold the key to happiness and understanding. These relationships form who we are and with exploration into oneself we can discover how these experiences translate themselves into our lives today.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree (Commendation) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Greenwich, 2010; CPCAB Level 1 in Counselling Skills , 2007; CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills, 2007; CPCAB Level 3 in Couselling Studies , 2008
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Counselling fees are £40 per hour for individual and £60 per hour for couple.
It is usually best to start off with a minimum of six sessions to give counselling a fair trial. We will then discuss together if there is a requirement to extend your number of sessions to meet your needs.
The initial meeting is to discuss issues you feel are causing you difficulty in your life at present and explore what you hope to achieve from counselling.
At this point you decide whether counselling is for you and also if we can work together.
Long and short term counselling contracts are offered depending on your needs and your emotional issues.
I specialise in working with people who suffer with depression and related issues. I have also have experience of working with trauma and sexual abuse.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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