Hi I’m Cathy. I'm based in Poole and Bournemouth working as a qualified counsellor and a specialist in grief and loss. I work both privately and via a local charity in an NHS setting providing mental health support.
How can counselling help?
Counselling sessions provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to talk and reflect on how you are feeling. By doing this and through exploration with a counsellor, it can help you to reflect on how you feel, may offer you the chance to come up with a solution to a problem, or simply give you a place to offload difficult thoughts or feelings. It will be different for everyone and we can tailor this to your goals and aims.
Accessing Counselling & Availability:
I offer sessions on Monday to Thursday between 8am -7pm. Sessions can be face to face, by phone or Zoom. I also offer walk and talk sessions which mean we meet at Poole Park or Branksome beach and take a gentle walk whilst talking something through.
What can I help with?
Areas that I specialise in include; grief and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, body image, self esteem, binge eating disorder, stress, anger, poor sleep and more. If I feel unable to help you, I will signpost you to other counsellors or suitable services.
Why not take the first step and email or call to organise an initial free no obligation 30 minute conversation. This will provide an opportunity for you to say a bit more about what you might like to work through in counselling sessions and see if the two of us might connect. From there if you wish to move forward, we can organise a time for sessions that is convenient for you.
Alternatively if you have had therapy previously and are ready to move ahead with sessions, email or call to find out appointment availability.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons Degree
- Diploma in Counselling Skills (Level 4)
- Bereavement Support Training via the charity Cruse Bereavement
- Mental Health Awareness Training via the charity Dorset Mind
- Mental Health Children & Young People (Level 2)
- Suicide Prevention Training
- CBT - E Binge Eating Disorders
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- £55 per 50 minute Session (Face to Face, Zoom or Phone)
- £65 per 50 minute Session (Walk and Talk Poole Park or Branksome Beach)
- All rates are discounted by £5 per session for trainee counsellors undertaking personal therapy requirement or for students in full time education
When I work
Bereavement Support Group offered from mid July onwards - an opportunity to meet in a group setting and meet other bereaved people to share impacts and learn some effective coping strategies.