Katharine Williams, PGDip, MBACP, Counsellor and Supervisor
63 Sandgate Road
8 Western Street
01273 270706 / 07545 258649
Deciding to come to therapy and finding a suitable counsellor can be a daunting experience. You may be feeling lonely, anxious or depressed; or struggling with a stressful life event or unhappy relationship. We can be faced with challenges at any stage of our lives and finding an approachable professional to talk to can feel like 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.
As an Integrative Therapist, 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.
I normally work face to face, but am experienced in providing Skype and Telephone Counselling.
I also provide Clinical Supervision for trainee and qualified Counsellors and mental health and social care Service Managers.
I am a registered member of the BACP and practice under their professional framework (see www.bacp.co.uk). I hold current Professional Indemnity insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate; and undertake regular post-graduate training and personal therapy.
I qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in 2002, gained a CBT Skills Certificate in 2012 and a post-graduate Supervision Training in 2016.
How to Get Started
To book an Initial Consultation, or to talk through your personal issues to begin with, please contact me direct by telephone or email.
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.
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 also 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.
And with extensive business and charity sector skills and experience, I offer ongoing support and supervision for employers, staff, managers, senior executives and self-employed people, who might be experiencing stress/management/or other workplace issues.
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.
About the Service
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. And during your Initial Consultation, we can identify a specific focus for our work together if that seems helpful.
I provide Initial Consultation followed by weekly or more than once weekly counselling/psychotherapy. Fortnightly sessions may sometimes be appropriate. I work with individual adults, young adults (from 17 years old) and older adults.
I offer Clinical Supervision for trainee and qualified Counsellors and mental health and social care Service Managers.
Length of Contract
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.
My fees are £40 for an Initial Consultation and £50 per session for ongoing Counselling. I also offer concessions at £45 per session for those on low incomes / unemployed. My fees for Counselling Supervision are £50 per session.
Any personal data you provide is stored securely and anonymously; is used only for evaluation, booking or communication purposes and will not be passed to a third party. Records are destroyed within a set time period following completion of your counselling sessions.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in 2002 with the University of Sussex, gained a CBT Skills Certificate in 2012 and a post-graduate Supervision Training in 2016.
·Registered Member BACP
·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)
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 also provided Counselling 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.
·January 2016 to the present: Clinical Supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors
·February 2013 to the present: CBT/Psychodynamic Counsellor seeing students at UCL (University College London)
·2012 to the present; Private Counsellor, 63 Sandgate Road, Brighton, BN1 6JP
·2004 to the present: Private Counsellor, The Rock Clinic Association, 270 Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5TA and 8 Western Street, Brighton, BN1 2PG
·2008 – 2012: 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)
·2004-2007: Director, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative, Brighton (a local charity providing women-only Counselling, Crèche, Complementary Therapies, Day Services, Drop Ins, Infoline, Training and Volunteering services)
·2000-2004: National Infoline Manager, Threshold Women’s Health Initiative (Telephone Helpline/Infoline/Prison Outreach)
·2003-2004: Honorary Counsellor (VACTs accredited), Addaction Drug & Alcohol Service, Brighton
·2000-2004: Honorary Counsellor, South Downs Health NHS Trust, Department of Clinical & Counselling Psychology, Brighton
·1999-2001: Volunteer Counsellor (Cruse Accredited), Cruse Bereavement Care, Brighton
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Initial Consultation £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy/CBT at £50 per 50 minute session, with concessions available at £45.
Supervision Fees £50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available from Monday to Friday in Brighton (including Fiveways/Preston Park, East Brighton and Hove).
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer psychodynamic and integrative clinical supervision. .