Catherine Winchester MBACP (Accredited) Therapist and Supervisor

Catherine Winchester MBACP (Accredited)  Therapist and Supervisor


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About me

Life is difficult for all of us at some stage or other, sometimes it feels overwhelming and unbearable.  You may be struggling but finding it hard to identify what the trouble is.  Maybe you do know but don't see a way out.  Such feelings often start early in life, leading to confusion, anger, sadness, relationship problems and difficult or dangerous behaviour.  This is why I work with children and teenagers, as well as adults.

When you feel low it can be hard to talk to those close to you, for all sorts of reasons.  Exploring your feelings and their origins can really help, when it is in confidence with someone who is not only independent but also well-qualified, experienced and caring.  It is an opportunity for you to understand your inner world and the meaning behind troubling feelings, problematic behaviour patterns or depression and anxiety, to help you regain control.

I provide a calm, non-judgemental and insightful perspective.  My aim is to build a trusting relationship, within strict professional and ethical guidelines. This means working sensitively and appropriately with all my clients, whatever their age or background, towards their individual goals.

Originally trained and qualified in psychodynamic theory and practice to work with adults, I have had over seven years' further training and experience in counselling children and adolescents.

I am recognised by BUPA and several other insurance providers as a therapist for adults and children.

At Henley Counselling I offer

  • one-to-one psychodynamic counselling/ psychotherapy for adults of all ages
  • one-to-one therapy for teenagers and children, tailored to their understanding and needs
  • clinical supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals who work in confidential settings with adults, adolescents and children

The list below covers some of the reasons people may want help but I see everyone as an individual, rather than a diagnosis.

Training, qualifications & experience

Reg MBACP (Accred) - Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Therapy.

BSc (Hons) University of St Andrews, Physiology

Postgraduate certificate (Level 7 with distinction) in Psychodynamic Theory and Counselling Skills, University of Reading

Postgraduate diploma (Level 7 with distinction) in Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Reading

Postgraduate diploma (Level 7) in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision, Terapia (University of Middlesex)

Certificate in counselling young people, endorsed by BACP


  • Counsellor/psychotherapist for adults in private practice, Henley Counselling
  • Counsellor/psychotherapist for children and young people in private practice, Henley Counselling
  • Counsellor in a primary school, a secondary school, a further education college and a university
  • Counsellor working with adults, children and young people for charities in Reading and High Wycombe
  • Clinical Manager and Supervisor at No5 Young People in Reading
  • Clinical Supervisor of individuals and groups, including trainees and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists, play therapists and social workers
  • Committee Member of Reading Therapies Group

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        Cutting and other forms of self-harm

        Autistic spectrum condition (including Asperger syndrome)

        School refusal

        Child sexual exploitation and grooming

        Coercive control

        Cultural issues

        Identity and gender issues

        Bereavement by suicide

        Difficulties arising from boarding school

        Military personnel


        £50 for the initial meeting and for each regular session.  £60 per session for EAP or private insurance work.  Concessions are available for student counsellors taking daytime slots. Sessions are weekly, at the same time, for 50 minutes.

        My dedicated consulting room is in a safe, peaceful and discreet location in Henley-on-Thames.  It is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible (three broad steps outside) but there is no waiting room.  There is free parking in the street.

        Further information

        I attend regular top-up training and seminars in topics related to my work.  Recently these have included Mindfulness, Autism, Mentalisation Based Therapy,  Transgender, Personality Disorders, Social Anxiety in Adolescents, PREVENT, Safeguarding, Working with People with Chronic Illness or Disability, Attachment in the Digital Age, among others.

        For further details of how I work, please visit my website: or contact me by email to arrange an initial meeting.

        Maps & Directions

        Henley-on-Thames, RG9

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: No
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes

        Counselling room and cloakroom are on the ground floor. There are two widely-spaced steps up to the front door, then another at the threshold. A ramp can be placed there on request. There is free parking in the street outside.


        10am to 7pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme

        Supervision & training

        I offer clinical supervision to individuals and small groups in Henley-on-Thames.  My experience includes supervising trainee counsellors on diploma, undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes, as well as qualified, experienced counsellors and psychotherapists.

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