About me

Finding the right counsellor for you

Making a decision to seek help is not a sign of weakness but a strength, by acknowledging that you have reached the point of needing additional support. The first step is always the most difficult but I can support you as you embark on your journey to strive for change. Finding the right counsellor is really important as you need to feel comfortable enough to share your vulnerability and know that you will be accepted and not judged.

How I Work

I am a person-centred counsellor which means that the work is client led. I offer counselling to meet your individual needs. You decide how you want to use sessions, what you would like to discuss in each session and how many sessions you would like. I work with you to understand your unique experiences and help you process and make sense of your responses. I do not tell you what to do but encourage you to gain autonomy, recognise choice and identify possible changes you may feel able to make.

When working with couples, I acknowledge each of your individual experiences as well as helping you develop awareness of each other's experiences. Communication can be difficult in relationships. I do not judge or take sides but offer a safe environment to enable you each to speak and be heard and explore where misunderstandings, defensiveness or patterns of behaviour can negatively impact on communication.

Experience

I am a qualified Professional Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor and am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have worked as a Counsellor in the Northamptonshire area for over eight years: in Further Education settings, the public/charitable sector and now in Private Practice. I believe that everyone deserves to have a safe place where they are not judged and can feel respected and heard.

Type of Counselling offered

  • Individual Counselling. For individuals, I offer counselling face to face (subject to following my COVID-19 safety procedures), by telephone, Zoom video or a blended mix.
  • Couples/Relationship Counselling. This can be any type of relationships e.g. marriage, partners, siblings, parental (as long as both clients are over 18), friendships, step-families or work colleagues. This is most effective face to face but can also be undertaken by Zoom video.
  • Groups. I also offer group therapy/facilitation (for up to 4 people aged over 18.)

Flexibility of sessions

I offer flexible daytime and evening sessions

  • 8am-8pm Tuesday to Thursday
  • 8am-1pm on Friday

Supervision

I am a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and offer Clinical Supervision for Professional Qualified and Trainee Counsellors on a 1:1 basis or group supervision (maximum of 4). See my Supervision Profile for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • OU Starting with Psychology (2010)
  • OU (Distinction) Introduction to Counselling (2010)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (2011)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (2012)
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2014)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency (2014)
  • Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling (2017)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling supervision (2019)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (2020)

Additional Training:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Trauma
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Working with obesity, food addiction and binge eating
  • Working with Autistic clients
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Foundation Training in Safeguarding children, young people & vulnerable adults

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.

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00

Additional information

  • Individual Counselling Sessions (50 mins): £45
  • Couples Counselling Sessions (60 mins): £50
  • Group Therapy; (length of sessions and fees dependent on individual case)

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

My Therapy Studio is based in a residential area in Kettering just off Junction 10 of the A14. It is a private secure setting with ample free parking. The studio is on the first floor but an alternative ground floor wheelchair accessible room with a level threshold is available if required.

Barton Road
Barton Seagrave
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 6RT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

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.

There is ample secure level parking on site and a ground floor wheelchair accessible room with a level threshold.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a Qualified Clinical Supervisor offering 1:1 and group supervision to Qualified and Trainee Counsellors in person, by phone, Zoom or blended mix.

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Cathy Telford

Cathy Telford