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About me

Counselling is really normal, and completely transformational all at the same time. I offer you a safe, confidential space to be you. Here we can explore what is troubling you, what's working for you and what isn't; who you are, and what you want out of life. Give yourself the time to simply sit down, breathe and talk freely.

I am a warm, thoughtful, sensitive, and empathic therapist, and I bring compassion, intuition, creativity, humour, and an eye for life’s details into my practice. Alongside my formal training I draw from a broad life experience including motherhood, travel, a career in cake design, and my own therapeutic journey.

My core training is in Transactional Analysis (TA), and I use an integrative therapeutic approach based upon what will best work for you. TA is a humanistic and compassionate theory that supports individuals to improve their relationships, communication, work life, personal anxieties, and account for the past. I work collaboratively, meaning that you and I are actively engaged in the therapeutic process. I provide support and challenge to help you grow, and make changes in your life.

Research shows that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in determining therapeutic outcomes. With this in mind, I offer a free initial appointment, so that we can get to know each other, and decide whether to work together.

If you would like to email or telephone me to arrange an appointment, please get in touch.

I offer daytime appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and some evening appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I hold a diploma in TA Counselling
  • I am in the final year of a further diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy

Alongside my private practice, I am one of the counselling team at Carer Support South Lakes where I have completed 180 client hours.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Climate anxiety/overwhelm

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Transactional analysis

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£40 per session (55-60 minutes)
Initial consultation free (approximately 40 minutes)

I offer some concessionary rates. Please ask.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Currently, I am using zoom, rather than seeing clients face to face in my therapy room. There are also a few socially distanced appointments available outdoors for clients who can not work online.

I endeavor to make my practice LGBTQ+ friendly and an open and welcoming space for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Porchlight Practice
122 Highgate

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

To access my therapy room there are five stone steps.


I offer online, and face to face sessions (indoors and outdoors).
Monday 9.30am - 3.00pm
Tuesday 8.45am - 4.45pm
Wednesday 8.45am - 4.45pm
Thursday 9.00am - 8.30pm

Types of client

Older adults
Kate Sumsion MBACP Dip.TA Couns.

Kate Sumsion MBACP Dip.TA Couns.