Catherine Whittaker

Catherine Whittaker

154a Queens Court
Main Street
West Yorkshire
BD16 2HR

07986 676901

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About me

Hi. My name is Catherine and I am qualified counsellor. I work from my counselling room in Bingley with both young people 14+ and adults. I also offer telephone and online counselling for those clients who maybe feel it is too difficult to travel or those not ready to meet up face to face.

My aim is to try and improve your well being and mental health and to help you to change negative thought processes, beliefs, compulsions and emotions. I have spent over a year counselling at Mosaic II in Bradford working with survivors and families effected by childhood sexual abuse where I worked with some extremely traumatised, vulnerable and complex clients. I have also worked with teenagers in both educational and residential settings, presenting with many different mental health problems, phobias, disorders and other difficulties for many years which I found challenging but extremely rewarding.

My approach is person-centred, meaning that you are the focus of the session and my work involves trying to help you to explore and understand what you are feeling and why you are feeling the way that you do. However depending on my clients' individual needs and personal circumstances I may adapt my techniques in a more integrative way using a more directive approach, CBT, mindfulness and grounding techniques depending on what feels right.

I offer a friendly non-judgemental approach to counselling with total honesty and openness. I am a naturally strong and resilient individual who is not easily shocked, and I believe that my clients feel safe and accepted and this allows them to open up, maybe for the first time, about distressing issues which sometimes may feel embarrassing or shameful. I feel it is often easier to talk to someone impartial and in confidence rather than family and friends.

Regardless of what brings you to counselling, if you are reading this then you are probably reaching out for support and understanding. If you feel that I might be someone you could talk to please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss your individual needs and expectations. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

I have worked for many years in residential schools and children's homes with traumatised young people in a therapeutic role.

I carried out my counselling placement at a charity supporting survivors and families effected by childhood sexual abuse and continued to volunteer on completion of my qualification. I worked with men, women and young people during this time who presented with various issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, self harm, PTSD, suicidal ideation, eating disorders to name but a few.

I also worked as Mental Health Practitioner for the same organisation.

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My fee is £45 per session. Payment for counselling sessions should be given to me at the end of each session or by bank transfer within 24 hours. Failure to pay within these timescales mean I will unable to offer you sessions until you have paid any amount outstanding.

Maps & Directions

Bingley, BD16 2HR

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 access: No


Feel free to contact me to discuss my availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults