Hello, my name is Kate. I am a qualified intergrative counsellor with over 25 years experience of working with a diverse range of clients and complex issues, within the field of Mental Health and emotional wellbeing.
I am a registered member of the British association of counselling and psychotherapy (BACP), and I adhere to their framework of ethical practice. I offer an empathic, safe and confidential space for you to explore whatever is troubling you without judgement.
Through our working together, you can gain a greater awareness and understanding of what is going on for you. Within a safe and therapeutic environment, buried feelings, self defeating thoughts and patterns of behaviour can be understood and processed. New ways of viewing yourself and your relationships can help you feel more hopeful and able to achieve emotional wellbeing and opportunities that may currently feel out of reach.
Intergrative counselling means I use a range of therapeutic approaches, depending on the individual needs of the client. My counselling style is relational and person centred as I believe the client can find their own solutions, at their own pace, when the therapeutic conditions for change are in place. I also offer a more structured approach in sessions for clients who may require support and facilitation with anxiety and dysregulated mood/ physiology.
Fear and shame can leave people feeling isolated and uncomfortable in sharing their problems with others. My approach is sensitive and supportive, with an emphasis on building trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship, for clients to feel resilient enough to explore and get to know all parts of themselves, (particularly the parts of self we dislike/disown or are unaware of).
I use elements of humanistic and psychodynamic theory, gestalt, transactional analysis, CBT, systemic family theory, Internal family systems theory, body/somatic awareness and mindfulness practice. Being seen, heard and validated within the therapeutic relationship can be healing and transformative.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have training in working therapeutically with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, self harm, addiction, eating disorders, OCD, mental health diagnosis and complex post traumatic stress disorder.
My training has also included how long term stress and trauma can be held within the body and manifest as physical pain and chronic health conditions. This training informs my practice by ensuring I attend to clients in a holistic way that involves integration between the mind and body experience.
I have experience of working in a variety of adult Mental Health settings within the NHS and charitable sector; Including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, forensic Mental Health rehabilitation, supporting clients and their carer's in mental health crisis and working as part of a family therapy team. I worked for 4 years at a charity supporting and counselling adults who had experienced childhood trauma and medicated their distress through the problematic use of drugs and alcohol.
I can work with and hold whatever you choose to bring to counselling. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, work stress, life transitions, loss and grief, low self worth, bullying, traumatic experiences, addiction, emotional dysregulation, self harm, sexual abuse, dissociation, shame, anger and self sabotage.
Modern life conditions us to distract and disconnect from ourselves and intuition to thrive. This can have a negative impact on physical, emotional wellbeing, relationships and work/life balance. I am passionate about sharing the importance of self care, self compassion, self acceptance and meaningful connection in promoting positive mental health and emotional resilience when navigating through the trials of life. Therefore I also welcome clients looking to undertake counselling for their personal growth and development.
- Post graduate diploma in counselling. (UWE,2015).
- Certificate in Somatic trauma therapy. (Babette Rothschild, 2017).
- Transactional analysis 101. (UWE, 2015).
- Certificate in counselling. (UWE, 2013).
- Systemic family therapy, Intermediate level. (Bristol University, 2004).
- Systemic family therapy, In context. (Bristol University, 2002).
- Diploma in Mental Health and Nursing studies. (UWE, 1995).
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have many years experience of working in various mental health settings within the NHS. Some people may feel relieved when given a Mental health diagnosis for their distressing symptoms, whilst other people can be left feeling more confused and alienated by a diagnosis that can feel stigmatising and does not make sense of their experience.
Counselling can provide a way of exploring how what happens to us ( particularly in childhood), shapes how we respond and relate to ourselves and others in adulthood. By making sense of the connection between traumatic experiences and their impact on our behaviour (addictions/compulsions) and our ability to regulate ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally, counselling can help you find a more compassionate, resilient and empowered sense of self.
I offer counselling to individuals from 18 years and above.
I charge £30 for an initial 60 minute consultation and £40 for 60 minute sessions thereafter.
I offer week day and evening appointments for on line counselling during this time.
I will have avaliability from September.
What to expect
I offer short term focussed counselling (6-12 sessions) and longer term, (open ended counselling). We would meet for a consultation and discuss what your needs are. This is a chance for you to ask questions and think about why you have come for counselling and what you would like to gain from the experience.
The consultation is also an opportunity for you to see what it would feel like to work with me. It is important for you to reflect on your experience before deciding to choose a therapist.
We would initially schedule 6 sessions and then review how the counselling is going for you, if you wish to continue and how many sessions you are likely to require.