Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic I am working from home and offering telephone counselling, with a view to returning to face to face work as and when it is safe to do so. Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have and then you can decide if you feel that I am someone who may be able to help you with whatever is distressing you
Hi. My name is Catherine and I am a qualified counsellor. I work from my counselling room in Saltaire with both young people 14+ and adults. My aim is to build a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship with you so we can work together to improve your well being and mental health and to help you to change negative thought processes, beliefs, compulsions and emotions.
As individuals our life experiences shape us into who we are; often we are left feeling unsure, confused, depressed, anxious, with low self esteem and negative beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Talking to someone in confidence; having someone listen without judgement can be so empowering and helpful for you to move forward with a more positive approach to life and those around you
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.
I spent over a year counselling at Mosaic II in Bradford working with survivors and familieseffected 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.
I also work for the Women Centre in Bradford with victims/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. I find the work extremely challenging but so rewarding and humbling at the same time. If I can change just one person's life through my work then I hope that I have made a tiny difference.
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.