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
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling fees are £50 per hour for individual and £65 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.