About me

My name is Catriona and I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

I am passionate about empowering others to recognise their own uniqueness by providing an open environment for whatever they need to explore.

After my own experience of healing through therapy I strive to provide a similarly positive and healing experience for others.

I believe we evolve within relationships, but unfortunately, sometimes a relationship or life experience can have a negative impact. Being the adaptive species that we are, we create ways to tolerate these difficult times. These adaptations do a wonderful job in helping us survive, but unfortunately as time passes, we can grow out of these suits of armour and eventually instead of helping, they can restrictive.

However, it’s not all bad. 

If relationships and experiences can cause difficulties, then they can also do the opposite and be a source of healing. This is where I can help you.

Sometimes talking to loved ones can be hard. Sometimes they just don't get it. We worry that we're overreacting, being too sensitive, that we're thinking too much, or worse yet that they will use what we tell them against us.

A therapeutic relationship isn't like any other.

We will explore what makes you, you. The positive, the negative and those that you’re not too sure about. We’ll look at the different parts of your armour and see what works well and which parts need upgrading or even getting rid of.

I provide peace and gentle curiosity. I hope to help you shine a light within your shadow so that you get to know and appreciate all aspects of yourself, even the parts of you that are currently making you feel uncomfortable. All of you is welcome, even those feelings and thoughts you may feel uneasy about.

It’s time to find your voice, your calm, and your resilience.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychology from SPTI (The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute)
  • Diploma Holistic Therapies from West Nottinghamshire Collage

Training

  • Anger, Rage & Relationship - Sue Parker Hall.
  • Rage & Shame - Sue Parker Hall
  • Two Minds Are Better Than One: Relational Mindfulness – Sue Parker Hall
  • M.A.N.: Men As Nurturers (Gathering) – James Hawes.
  • The Secret Lives of Men: Ten Keys to Unlock the Mystery – James Hawes
  •  The Spirituality of Presence – Jeff Leonardi
  • Normalising Shame – Alison Ayres

Experience

  • Volunteer counsellor with MIND.
  • Rehabilitation Assistant working with WAD (working age dementia) and challenging behaviour.
  • Support worker with men with learning difficulties and dementia.
  • NHS volunteer within psychiatric out patient art and pottery groups.
  • NHS volunteer with psychiatric in patients art group.

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

Additional information

£50 per session

£40 per session (students/benefits)

Further information

Currently I am only offering online and telephone sessions.

I aim to be back in my office by early 2022

Huthwaite
Sutton-in-Ashfield
NG17

Sutton-in-Ashfield
NG17

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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.

Online platforms

Zoom

Social

Catriona Palin

Catriona Palin