Kate Green MSc, MBACP Reg
0114 2661158 / 07972550825
I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and specialist in addictions of 25 years experience as a front-line practitioner working within the public sector. I can assist with a broad-spectrum of issues in addition to my specialism in addiction. I provide one to one counselling, couple and family therapy and can support 'third party' family and friends of a loved one who is suffering from an addiction. I am experienced in working with adults of all ages and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and physical and mental ability.
It is my belief evidenced from my work with a great many unique and wonderful persons that all of us have the innate ability to heal ourselves. I see my role as merely an assistant in this self-healing process. The physical body with and without assistance heals itself ultimately, the same is so of the mind. Talking therapy has shown in numerous studies to be highly effective in supporting and enhancing this self-healing process. Each person is unique and an expert in their own lived experience with many strengths and resources which they have utilised over the years in order to cope with often extreme difficulty. I am frequently awe-struck by the coping strategies and resilience people already possess when they first come to therapy, even if they are not fully aware of these strengths. I can honestly say, that over 25 years, I have learned most from my clients.
How I work
My approach to counselling is holistic - I work with the whole person: mind, body and spirit within the context of their environment (which includes relationships with others). Client-centred research has shown conclusively that tailoring therapy to the unique needs of the individual client, results in the best outcomes. With this in mind, I am trained as an integrative therapist, I blend knowledge from two major therapies: Person-Centred Approach (PCA); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with the theory of Attachment (how our parents/carers related to us from babyhood onwards and how this has influenced our ability to regulate our own emotions as we grew up).
Change theory - we usually move through stages when we are trying to change something, whether this is a feeling, thought or a particular behaviour. This cyclical process is called the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and is useful to help clients identify where they are at this particular moment in time. The TTM can be used to guide client and therapist through the therapeutic process.
I have also trained in a number of other areas over the years: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Solution Focused Therapy (SFT); Motivational Interviewing (MI); grounding and relaxation exercises; mindfulness meditation; inner child work; use of metaphors and small objects to help further deepen therapy. Working integratively opens up all possibilities for change - we can work in conscious practical ways or 'zoom-in' more deeply to shift stuck unconscious drivers of whatever it is you want to change. Frequently I find clients can be their own worst critics and often struggle to be kind to themselves - exploring being compassionate towards the self can be immensely healing.
The therapeutic relationship
In addition to the resources the client brings to therapy, research has also shown that the relationship with the counsellor is also crucial to self-healing. I offer a safe, non-judgemental, trusting, confidential and fully-accepting space for you to hopefully feel that you can be yourself and where we will work on your difficulties together. All human emotions including anger, tears, humour and laughter are part of the therapeutic process and I offer a space where all of this is ok! It is a space where you will be heard and your experience valued. Counselling is about 'getting real' no matter what is troubling you.
It is crucial to begin counselling from where the client is at this moment in time and to work at their pace. In my experience clients know when it is time for therapy to come to an end and I am always guided by them in this matter. I frequently check-in with clients as to how therapy is progressing and use outcome tools for the client to monitor their progress. I therefore, do not insist on an initial commitment to 6 sessions as is common - in my view clients will take as much as they need and this is fine by me. Counselling ethically is fundamental to my work and I fully abide by and endorse the BACP Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP registered member
MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Derby University)
PG Dip Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Derby University)
BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Youth and Community Work (specialism in youth counselling)
I have many years experience working within addictions and criminal justice settings as a frontline practitioner. I currently work within the NHS.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked for many years as a specialist in alcohol and drug addiction I also have experience of working with other addictions, such as gambling and sex addiction. I am also interested in trauma, childhood sexual abuse, bullying issues (parental, adolescent, adult relationships, work-related, elder) and issues of shame.
I have found over the years from practice and through my own research, that addictions of all kinds are usually driven by underlying negative experience in a person's life. In this sense, addictions can be viewed as a 'symptom' of underlying distress and as a coping strategy which may seem useful initially, but ultimately is destructive to the self and others. I never label clients who use substances to cope with distress. I therefore do not use derogatory terms such as 'addict' or 'alcholic' and encourage clients not to use them when referring to themselves! There is still considerable lack of understanding and stigmatisation of people who experience addiction within our society. It is also important to acknowledge and recognise the enormous external pressures imposed upon people living in our current social, economic and political climate. Addiction is an issue which is sadly increasing.
I view alcohol and other addictions as learned behaviours and not as a 'disease'. Many years of experience have evidenced this in my own practice. Although people can develop diseases as a result of alcohol addiction for example, in itself it is not a disease, it is something which you can gain control over - people do it all the time! What is crucial to change, is that the motivation is internal, that it comes from within you and that self-worth and autonomy are developed from deep within yourself. In my experience this is crucial to lasting change. It is important to also emphasise that counselling is not always about abstinence, particularly with alcohol addiction, some people can learn to reduce and control their alcohol intake.
In both exploring the underlying emotional drivers of the addiction and practical ways in which the repetitive pattern can be broken, the problem is tackled from all angles and this approach is more likely to result in solid and long-term change. Clients often find that their life has become very much smaller and part of our work is widening this narrowed life, helping the client to reclaim their right to a rich and fulfilling life. This often involves exploring relationships with others and where appropriate, repairing ruptured relationships with family and friends. Clients often say they feel as if they are not part of their family - it is noticeable that in becoming integrated or 'whole' in themselves, clients simultaneously become more integrated within their families also.
When deciding to begin counselling for an addiction, it is important to make sure that you feel ready to at least explore your behaviour, even if you are not quite ready to make solid changes. Where there are potential or actual health issues I can give clients advice about accessing medical home and in-patient detox options within Sheffield.
It is also important to acknowledge that people do their addictions differently, so what works for one person may not be suitable for another. I therefore work with clients to tailor-make therapy to meet their unique requirements.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
Counselling sessions are usually on a weekly basis and are 50 minutes in duration. I charge £45 per session and offer concessions to students, senior citizens and unemployed people. I offer a free initial 20 minute telephone consultation for you to briefly discuss your needs and to see if I can assist.
I also offer telephone counselling and internet counselling via Skype. Please contact me to discuss.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please feel free to ring me day or evening, week days or weekends. if I am not available, please leave your details and I will contact you as soon as I can.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|