Dr Katherine Butt
I am a qualified clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with people with moderate to severe mental health problems. I provide individualised assessment and therapy for people with a wide range of issues including problems with mood, relationships, stress, unusual distressing experiences (such as fear of being harmed and hearing voices) and coping with adverse life experiences such as bereavement, trauma and loss.
I like to try and help people to resolve difficulties as quickly as possible to get back to living a life more consistent with personal values. I am able to use a range of theoretical psychological models to make sense of difficulties and set goals for change.
How to make contact
I understand that seeking therapy can be an anxiety provoking time and will do my best to guide clients through the process in a kind and compassionate way. I am happy to speak on the telephone about clients’ needs prior to making a booking and to receive emails as an initial point of contact.
If appropriate, you will be offered an initial assessment, face to face at the therapy room. You may be asked to complete some questionnaires and have an initial discussion about what is bothering you. You may or may not like to involve someone who supports you in the assessment process. We will try to make sense of things and get a sense of what you would like to get out of therapy. We will then agree a plan for therapy based on the outcome of this assessment.
what to expect in therapy
Psychological Therapy is a very active process, in which we work in partnership to identify what’s important and make the changes you want/need to make in order to achieve your goals. A good therapist does not judge or tell you what to do, but is an expert guide, helping you to look at things from a different perspective and make your own choices. Usually therapy sessions occur weekly over a brief, time limited period. Longer term therapy may be advised and provided as appropriate.
My clinic rooms are in a beautiful, peaceful setting in a rural location in Upminster.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) Psychology, university of Exeter
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, university of Surrey
Foundation in mindfulness based approaches, university of Bangor
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Pychosis, university college London
My training as a clinical psychologist means that I have a strong understanding of emotional and psychological difficulties from a range of perspectives and will be able to find the right approach for you. I have completed further post-qualification training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and 3rd wave approaches (such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)), but therapy is does not necessarily have to follow these models, depending on the issues you are struggling with. All of my training has had a strong recovery focus, with the aim of supporting people to mobilise the skills they already have to resolve emotional and psychological difficulty, and to reach their full potential.
I have worked with adults from a range of backgrounds with a range of mental health difficulties for over 20 years, mainly in NHS settings. This includes people with depression, anxiety, unstable mood, interpersonal difficulties, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder and those presenting in acute mental health crisis. I have worked in both in-patient and community based settings.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£100-120 per hour