Dr. Catriona Jack, DPsych, MSc, MA, HCPC Chartered Psychologist
Seeking help and finding the right therapist is not an easy thing to do. A strong therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is key and therefore it is important that you feel you have found the right therapist for you or your child. As such, we will use the first session to assess whether we are able to work together and you are under no obligation to continue should you decide not to.
I work in a collaborative and client-led way where I integrate my training and experience with your agenda, goals for therapy and most importantly your own understanding of what will work for you. After all you are the expert on yourself! You may not know what this is to begin with but together we can create a psychological understanding of your difficulties and a plan of management to help.
I work as an integrative psychologist meaning that I integrate various therapies depending on what is right for each unique client at that time and stage for their particular difficulties. Therapy is by no means a "one size fits all" approach.
As a psychologist, I have the advantage of being trained in a number of different therapies as well as having a scientific and research-based training ,meaning I can drawn upon scientific evidence, research and clinical literature to inform what is likely to be the most effective therapy for you or your child. I am primarily grounded in Person-Centred and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) but also integrate others such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Schema-informed therapy.
As a counselling psychologist I have humanistic underpinnings. This is just a fancy way of saying I value your own subjective experience and view any mental health difficulties as natural human suffering rather than a medical illness. Equally, if you feel strongly that a diagnosis is the best option for you then I can also consult with you on this and advise on pathways for diagnoses.
Children and Adolescents
I have specialist training and experience in working with children, adolescents and families. Children are a unique case for therapeutic intervention and it is important to have a therapist who understands these needs. Unlike adults, they do not exist in an independent construct as they are usually highly enmeshed with the family-system at this age. Therefore interventions for children should always take into account the wider family context. With specialist training in working with children, I understand these needs and aim to involve the family in intervention if needed. However, I will also provide a safe and confidential space for the child to explore their feelings with someone external to the family system which can be enormously helpful and therapeutic. Given the age of these children however, I endeavour to communicate any essential information parents need to know for their child's safety and wellbeing. Such boundaries and confidentiality exceptions can be discussed further at initial consultation.
Children learn and communicate through play and as such therapeutic intervention will be based around play and art or the child's own interests. If your child is reluctant to attend therapy, rest-assured I spend time building a safe and trusting relationship in a non-threatening way through play and if necessary or wanted, having the parents in the first few sessions. I am also happy to offer and adult-only consultation beforehand.
Adolescents have slightly more independence and autonomy, and place a higher focus on peer systems as they begin to form their own identities. This transitional developmental phase along with the hormonal and bodily changes can be highly stressful. As such, more autonomy is valued and respected in therapy and my approach is adjusted accordingly.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People
Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
I have nine years of accumulative training in psychology and working with adults. I currently work part-time in the NHS with adults in addition to my private work. I have had experience with almost all presenting difficulties with the majority of work being anxiety, depression and trauma or relational interpersonal work. My training involved working in an addictions service in the NHS as well as general adult services. If you are unsure if I can help, please contact me.
Children, Young People and Families
I have worked with children and young people in various roles. I have a wealth of experience working with children and young people spanning over the past ten years. I have had a range of child psychology roles including play therapy and over 2.5 years NHS experience within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with children and young people and trained via an NHS funded Masters. I am qualified in and have delivered a range of group parenting programmes such as Incredible Years, Mellow Parenting and Triple P as well as Dino School for children with ADHD. My experience involved working with both children, families and parents on a range of difficulties such as
- Behavioural difficulties
- Low mood
- Self-esteem issues
- Bullying and peer relationships
- Family separation, divorce and conflict
- Queries and preliminary assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Parental management strategies
- Selective mutism
- Encopresis and enuresis (Soiling and wetting)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £80.00 to £120.00
Free initial telephone session
standard fees are £90 per session. I also honour 11% discounts for students and low earners. Couples Therapy is £110 and Family Therapy £120.
Concessions offered for
Current availability on Tuesdays
Counselling Psychologist in a protected title under the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). As such only those with the necessary training can be approved and registered. Unfortunately other titles such as psychologist, child psychologist etc are not protected titles meaning anyone can call themselves this. You should seek to ensure that any therapist you chose has the necessary training and accreditation with a relevant professional regulatory body. Any qualified professional will welcome questions regarding this.
What is a Counselling Psychologist?
A Counselling Psychologist will generally have a four year undergraduate degree in a British Psychological Society approved undergraduate degree or a BPS conversion course as well a Professional Postgraduate Doctorate training which is three years full time. Anyone holding the title Chartered Psychologist reflects the highest level of Psychological training and is rigorously regulated. They are required to keep up with regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and adhere to Professional Standards of Ethics and Codes of Conduct.