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About me

Hello and welcome, thank you for taking the time to consider my profile. I am a qualified counselling therapist experienced in working with people dealing with change, transition and obstacles in their professional and personal lives, including cross-cultural situations and challenges. 

I offer a professional, non-judgmental space for you to be listened to with respect and empathy. I support you to explore your issues at your own pace and in a way that feels right for you. When I work with someone, I think of what we might do together as ‘putting the big light on’: helping you to consider issues not as individual spot-lit problems but as a part of everything that you and your experiences comprise.

I have an extensive background in education and worked for many years across six countries, including the Middle East and Asia. My work ranged from primary school teaching through working with asylum seekers and refugees on issues of cross-cultural communication, change and transition to cyber security training. I also have experience of diplomatic and services family life and the challenges that type of lifestyle present, including challenges around boarding school.

Alongside my private practice, I currently work with people accessing the NHS IAPT service in South London and with clients at a private practice based in Hove. I work in person, online and on the telephone to enable maximum flexibility for those who might need to work more fluidly week to week. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am thereby bound by their ethical and professional standards. 

Please don't hesitate to pick up the phone or email me if you would like to chat through how therapy with me might work, it could be the first step you take towards helping yourself move forward.  

Training, qualifications & experience

PG Diploma Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling 

Masters, Conflict Security and Development (Int. Relations)

PGCE in Primary Education

BA Hons German and History


Care to Listen, low cost counselling, NHS IAPT service

Psychology Sussex, short and long-term therapy 

Brighton Women's Centre, low-cost trauma informed therapy 

Member organisations


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).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School syndrome

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Additional information

£50 per session

Free initial introductory telephone session

Commercial House
52 Perrymount Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 3DT


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

I speak conversational German, Japanese and some Arabic.


Catriona Watson MBACP, PG Dip.

Catriona Watson MBACP, PG Dip.