Katharine Williams, PGDip, MBACP, Counsellor and Supervisor
Deciding to come to therapy and finding a suitable counsellor can be a daunting experience. You may be feeling lonely, anxious, depressed or struggling with a stressful life event or relationship. We can be faced with challenges at any stage of our lives and finding an approachable professional to talk to can be a real relief.
With 20 years’ experience as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I can help you begin to explore your issues and difficult feelings within the safety of a confidential and supportive counselling relationship.
My approach as an Integrative Therapist, means I can draw on and tailor specific techniques using Psychodynamic, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Solution Focused approaches. Shorter term Counselling can help you to address current problems and try to find new solutions; whilst longer term Therapy can help you explore past and present concerns to help gain insight and effect more lasting change.
How I can help:
Within the Counselling relationship, you will receive ongoing support and feedback and begin to gain personal insight and understanding. Working relationally, I am especially interested in how childhood experience unconsciously informs our adult relationships; and how this can impact on both our mental and physical wellbeing.
Giving words to your story and paying attention to your mind, body and feelings in therapy can help you to increase self-awareness, learn new coping strategies, begin to see things from a different perspective, alleviate anxiety, improve your mood and heal some of your past trauma, hurts or disappointments.
My aim is to increase access to therapies, working cross culturally with a range of difference; and I’m mindful of how therapy can be adapted to different people and situations in order to provide a safe and effective therapeutic alliance.
Getting started with your Initial Consultation:
Your first appointment is an opportunity to meet with me, explore your concerns, ask any questions you may have and discuss your hopes or fears of counselling. Together, we can decide which therapeutic option best meets your needs, e.g. Psychodynamic or CBT, the length of the contract and how much you can afford to pay.
The number of individual sessions will usually depend on the severity of your difficulties and/or whether you want longer term counselling or ongoing support. During your initial consultation, we can identify a specific focus for our work together if that seems helpful.
To book an initial consultation, or to talk through your personal issues to begin with, please contact me direct by telephone or email. I normally work face to face, but I am experienced in providing both Skype and telephone counselling if preferred.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP and practice under their professional framework. I hold current Professional Indemnity insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate; and undertake regular post-graduate training and personal therapy.
- Post Graduate Clinical Supervision Training, The Rock Clinic Association (2016)
- PG Certificate in CBT Skills, Westminster Pastoral Foundation (2012)
- PG Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Sussex (2002)
- VACTs Accredited Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Addaction, (2003)
- Cruse Accredited Bereavement Counsellor, Cruse Bereavement Care (1999)
Professional Timeline (1991 - Present)
- Private Counsellor
- CBT/Counselling for an employee Assistance Scheme (PAM Personnel)
- Clinical Supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors
- CBT/Psychodynamic Counsellor seeing students at UCL (University College London)
- Chief Executive, The Sussex Beacon, Brighton (a leading HIV care centre providing a ten-bedded Inpatient Unit and range of health/mental health Outpatient services)
- Director, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative, Brighton (a local charity providing women-only Counselling, Crèche, Complementary Therapies, Day Services, Drop Ins, Info line, Training and Volunteering services)
- National Info line Manager, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative (Telephone Helpline/Infoline/Prison Outreach)
- Honorary Counsellor (VACTs accredited), Addiction Drug & Alcohol Service, Brighton and South Downs Health NHS Trust, Department of Clinical & Counselling Psychology, Brighton
- Volunteer Counsellor (Cruse Accredited), Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton
I have over 20 years' mental health experience working across the NHS and Voluntary Sectors; working as a Counsellor at The Rock Clinic since 2004 and more recently providing Clinical Supervision to both qualified and trainee counsellors. I have provided Counselling/CBT for an Employee Assistance Scheme since October 2018; plus Counselling/CBT and Assessment to Students at UCL (University College London) since 2013. I held an Honorary Counsellor’s post for 3 years at Brighton’s NHS Psychology and Counselling Department; and have trained and volunteered as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor with Addaction (now CRI), and as a Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care.
Over the last 20 years, I have also worked professionally within 2 Brighton based charities overseeing a range of health and mental health services; as Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon (2008-2012); as Director of Threshold Women’s Mental Health Initiative (2004-2007) and as their National Infoline Manager (2000-2004). In addition, I have 15 years’ business sector experience working within sales and marketing.
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 knowledge and experience working with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, including: Abuse (child sexual abuse, coercive control, emotional abuse, psychological abuse), Addiction/s, Alcohol Problems, Anger Management, Anxiety, Loss and Bereavement, Low Confidence, Co-dependency, Depression, Domestic Violence, Drug Misuse, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, Illness, Low Self Esteem, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress, Phobias, Panic, Relationship issues, Self Harm, Stress, Trauma, Women’s Issues, Work related issues.
I have worked with a variety of people from different groups and ethnicities, including those identifying as BME, carers, elders/third age, fathers, LGBTQ, men, mothers, parents, students, survivors of abuse, women and young adults.
With extensive business and charity sector skills and experience, I offer ongoing support/supervision for employers, staff, managers, senior executives and self-employed people, who might be experiencing stress/management/work issues.
I also offer clinical supervision for trainee/qualified Counsellors and mental health/social care service managers.
I provide the initial consultation followed by weekly counselling/psychotherapy, fortnightly sessions may sometimes be appropriate. I work with individual adults, young adults (from 17 years old) and older adults.
- Initial Consultation at £40 per session
- Counselling/Psychotherapy/CBT at £50 per session
- Supervision Fees at £50 per session
All sessions last for 50 minutes and the therapy can be time-limited / short-term or longer-term, which can be agreed on at the start of the Counselling. The length of the contract will depend on whether you want to work within a specific time frame or spend longer looking more deeply at your underlying issues. I also offer concessions at £45 per session for those on low incomes / unemployed.
I offer daytime and evening appointments at 4 different locations across Brighton, East Brighton and Hove. Good public transport links, with disability access and free parking available at some venues.