Cathy Austin Counsellor and Psychotherapist Reg.MBACP (Accred)
With over 30 years experience of working as a counsellor and psychotherapist with adolescents and adults, I have never lost sight of how difficult it can be to come for counselling. It can make sense for people to begin with an initial session to see if we can work together - I work both in the short-term and the long-term, and anything in between. I am very passionate about the value of counselling and look forward to meeting you.
I have worked both in a college setting and as a Clinical Director of a counselling centre in Norwich. Now I am concentrating on my private practice, supervising other counsellors and offering short and long term therapy. I see clients in my home in South Norfolk and in Norwich.
Counselling sessions provide a safe place which enable people to explore uncomfortable and self-limiting feelings. Being listened to, understood and accepted is a powerful way to turn negative experiences into positive insights. Through a process of actively working together, psychotherapy can look at the options available to help you make changes in your current life and also to make sense of past influences.
As a parent, grandparent and artist I never tire of working alongside people as they bring their rich tapestry of life, their trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows and their unique attachment patterns.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was in Transactional Analysis in 1985 followed by the Diploma in Person-Centred counselling in 1994. Before this I was a social worker with families, children and young offenders.
Since becoming a qualified and BACP accredited counsellor I have had training in a number of specialist areas in particular Dissociative Disorders and childhood trauma.
I have lived and worked in Holland and Norway and have travelled and volunteered in India.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member 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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Tuesdays in Norwich, Wednesday afternoon, Thursdays and Fridays in South Norfolk