Cathie O'Brien MA UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Approved Supervisor BACP Snr Accred

Cathie O'Brien MA UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Approved Supervisor BACP Snr Accred

Home&Away Psychological Therapies Service
1st Floor, Tree View Office, The Old Bakery
Portsmouth Road
Bursledon, Southampton
SO31 8EQ


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Home&Away Psychological Therapies Service
1st Floor, Tree View Office, The Old Bakery
Portsmouth Road
Bursledon, Southampton
SO31 8EQ


About me

I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and Supervisor, with over 30 years’ experience working within the NHS, Education, Social Care and Private Care sectors. I have been practising as a therapist since 2001 working with Adults, Children and Young People and I also work in a consultancy capacity with organisations and multi-agency professionals delivering organisational development, coaching, supervision, reflective space, multi - agency therapeutic meetings and training - please see my website for further details.

My experience leading a mental health team within the NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), as well as working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings, such as social care, education, the private sector and higher education settings, has given me a breadth of knowledge, experience and understanding that enables me to work effectively with primary issues such as bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship problems, bullying, depression and anxiety as well as more complex issues such as developmental trauma, attachment issues, abuse and complex/worrying behaviours in children and young people. (please see a breakdown of my work experience under the supervision section ).

My Psychotherapy practice is less than 1 mile from junction 8 of the M27, Just off the A27, and has free parking on the main road outside or further down the road, just past the shops, there is a short stay car park which is also free.

My practice is above a shop called Complexions and there is a side entrance for you to use. Here there is an intercom system installed, which has Tree View written on it, please ring this on arrival. The practice is in the back of the building, overlooking the garden and has a tree view. Please see the picture above showing the room layout.

Training, qualifications & experience


MA Gestalt Psychotherapy - qualified to work with individuals and groups.

Post Grad Dip Gestalt Therapy

Post Grad Dip Supervision

Post Grad Dip Relational Organisational Gestalt

Registrations and Accreditations:

UKCP Registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Approved Supervisor 
UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapist (Adults)
BACP Reg and Senior Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist (Children and Young Persons
(Search the registers under Catherine O’Brien)

Other Qualifications:
ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education)
NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing)

Foundation year, consisting of 60 hrs, with the inner yoga trust. Scaravelli Inspired teacher training; bringing awareness to the spine and its connection to the limbs, empowering individuals to be aware of their own bodies, exploring rather than forcing postures.

My Publications:

  • Speaker BACP Event Belfast Sept 2017 - Whole service/systems approach to emotion regulation.
  • BACP CYP JOURNAL, MARCH 2017, Article - Self, Other and The We.
  • ATTACHMENT JOURNAL - New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol 7 No 1 March 2013, The Bowlby Centre, Karnac, Article - Disorganised and in Care - first published in the BACP 2011.
  • BACP CYP Journal, March 2012, Book Review Disorganised Attachment & Care Giving.
  • BACP CYP Journal, Dec 2011, Article - Disorganised and in Care.
    BAAF have requested permission to use the above article in their training settings

DBS: I hold an up to date Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.

People searching for a therapist on line have told me that when they search for a therapist they are confused by what all the different qualifications, accreditations and registrations mean, so I have tried to break this down for you:

Therapists gain their qualifications at a Diploma, BA or MA level at a counselling and psychotherapy institute attached to a college or university. They then apply for accreditation either through their institute, leading to registration with a governing body such as the UKCP, or directly to a governing body such as the BACP.

The governing bodies, such as UKCP and BACP, set the minimum standards required for the counselling and psychotherapy courses.

What does accreditation mean?
The term accreditation means an individual therapist, after gaining qualification at either Diploma, BA or MA level, has undergone a rigorous assessment process of their work and ability to put theory into practice via case studies, evidence, a sound understanding of their governing bodies ethical framework and a substantial amount of client contact hours. This process can take over two years to complete.

What does senior accreditation mean?
This means that the therapist, after a period of accreditation as outlined above, has undergone a further rigorous assessment process and is considered an experienced practitioner due to the amount of years in practice and substantial amount of client contact hours.This is evidenced by their supervised practice hours, case study, understanding of their governing bodies ethical framework and ability to put theory in to practice.

What does registration mean?
This means an individual has been granted registration after a process of accreditation or qualification with a governing body such as the UKCP or BACP.

The BACP also grant registration to individuals who have not completed an accreditation process but have completed a proficiency test showing that they work within the organisations ethical framework - This is separate to and different from accreditation.

Please click on the below logos to find out more about what registration and accreditation mean.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment and Trauma issues / Children in Care / BESD Schools / Supervision / Consultancy / Training


Therapy session, 50 minutes, £50

Supervision £50 an hour.

NB There is a separate price list for work commissioned by organisations from the public or private sectors and this is due to the higher level of administration and  multi- systemic aspects of the work referred creating higher levels of intensity and complexity.

Maps & Directions

Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8EQ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I hold a Diploma in Supervision and UKCP Registration as an Approved Supervisor.

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