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Catherine Whittaker

Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LQ
07986 676901 07986 676901

About me

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to return to face to face sessions again in Saltaire from the week commencing 27 July 2020. Strict Covid 19 guidelines will be in place for the safety of everyone and a copy of our risk assessment and Covid measures are available on request.

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 beneficial, enabling 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 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 behavioural, social and emotional issues, Autism and Aspbergers, phobias, eating disorders, self harm and many other difficulties 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. 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.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

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.

Victoria Therapy Centre
22 Victoria Road
Saltaire
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Unfortunately the building does not meet the standards required for wheelchair access

Availability

Feel free to contact me to discuss my availability

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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Catherine Whittaker

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