Dr Cathy Kitson, specialising in family problems and Eating Disorders
I have over 25 years clinical experience across the NHS as a Consultant Clint Psychologist (mainly working in GP practices) and now in private practice. I am particularly skilled at providing time-limited therapy and also working with clients who have never seen someone to talk to about psychological issues before; I understand how difficult it is for someone to see a psychological therapist for the first time.
During my work I draw from many different psychological approaches and as an experienced therapist I bring many therapy skills and practical strategies to enable me to provide evidence based practice. I am particularly interested in the systems people are part of, the positions they hold in these systems and the impact of being in these positions has on them.
Each person and situation is unique and as a Clinical Psychologist I have been trained to offer a holistic, effective approach which is tailored to the needs of each person I see. Some people find that being able to talk to someone who is not involved in a situation and understand more about how a problem has come about and is maintained is helpful in itself. I aim to help support whoever I am seeing in the way that we both agree would be most beneficial, working collaboratively towards the goals you set for the work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-qualification Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Salomons: Canterbury Christ Church University College
- MSc Clinical Psychology University of East London
- BSc (Hons) Psychology Bedford College, University of London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory Tavistock Clinic: University of East London
- Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies Institute of Family Therapy: Birkbeck, University of London
- Master Practitioner Diploma for Eating Disorders and Obesity National Centre for Eating Disorders (British Psychological Society Approved training)
I am trained and experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and psychological issues and I have a particular interest in eating and weight disorders; anorexia; bulimia; binge eating disorder; obesity and have a trained understanding of the specific issues that such clients bring to therapy (both from a nutritional and psychological perspective). I am also able to work and provide support to partners and parents of people with eating and weight disorders.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
· Face-to-face appointment of 50 minutes - £120
· Phone appointment of 50 minutes - £90
I am a Registered provider with Bupa (fee assured) and also with: Bupa Global, Aviva, Axa, Helix, Vitality Health
Please feel free to contact me for more information or for a free 15 minute phone conversation to discuss what might be most helpful for you.