Katharine McAuley Psychotherapist (Accred)
If you do not have experience of therapy, knowing where to start can sometimes feel overwhelming. I offer a compassionate, confidential and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that can support the expression and integration of complex feelings, which leads towards greater awareness and healing. This allows me to support people with a variety of needs and problems.
As well as talking, you can use the space to creatively reflect upon whatever emerges in the session.
Why the arts in therapy? Engaging creatively often means taking distance from the problem to be able to reflect on it from a different angle. I find using creativity to be helpful in accessing parts of the self that have often been too painful to acknowledge cognitively. Working with the arts can offer a useful way to bridge the world of the unconscious and its symbols along with potential meaning. It can help us to make sense of how to untangle problems and feelings of being blocked or stuck.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a therapist in 2014 with an MA, I am a member of the HCPC and BaDth
I am committed to continual professional development and have undertaken specialist training in trauma, bereavement and mental health training.
Working with adults;
I am currently working in a health psychology service within an NHS trust. I offer psychotherapy and support to people experiencing distress relating to their physical health. This includes complex trauma, stroke, MS, palliative diagnosis, plastic reconstruction surgery, and cancer. I also provide staff counselling within the trust.
I have previously worked therapeutically with adults in acute, community and forensic mental health settings as well as bereavement services.
Working with children and young people;
My qualification allows me to work with all age groups and I have experience working with children and young people within a post adoption service, Hospice service (both bereavement and palliative diagnosis), primary. secondary and specialist school settings.
When working with children and young people I am able to offer a play (therapy) and creative approach. For children and young people this of often a safer and sometimes easier way to engage with therapy, allowing them to express themselves at a pace and in a way that they feel comfortable with. Talking therapy can be hard for some people, and sometimes inaccessible for very young children, children with communication difficulties or children experiencing acute anxiety and/or trauma. A creative and playful approach does not require the child/young person to be able to verbalise their feelings and experiences, and instead enables them to communicate in a creative way.
Parents and carers often worry when a child has a problem that causes them to be sad, disruptive, rebellious, unable to cope or inattentive. You may be concerned about a child’s development, eating or sleeping patterns or how they are getting along with family, friends and at school.
Every child is unique and special but sometimes they experience problems with feelings or behaviours that cause disruption to their lives and the lives of those around them.
Some parents and carers delay seeking help because they worry that they will be blamed for their children’s behaviour. Feeling responsible for a child’s distress or problems is a normal part of caring. The fact that you have the commitment to start addressing the difficulty is a significant part of helping your child.
Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.
Creative therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes.
Please contact me for prices.
My therapy space is only a minutes walk from South Woodford Central Line Underground Station and only a few minutes by car from the end of the M11 and junction 26 of the M25.
London City Airport and Doclands are just 15mins drive away.
Bus Routes: 179,W12,W13,W14
There is free parking locally in Sainsburys with max 2 hours stay.
There is also meter parking which is free after 6.30pm.