Katherine Foster, MBACP, PgDip (Accred)
I am an experienced counsellor based in the city centre, trained in Person Centred and Emotion Focussed Therapy. I offer a warm, safe and empathic space for us to work collaboratively on what ever difficulties you may be experiencing. I work with integrity and compassion to support you to express, explore and start to process your experience and emotions to enable you to engage more fully with life. I am open to whatever you bring to counselling and will start from where you are, including a place of feeling stuck or simply not knowing.
What might bring you to counselling?
People come to counselling for many reasons personal to them. You might find some of these resonate with you:
- Managing difficult, reoccurring or confusing emotions; such as anger or feeling overwhelmed.
- Coming to terms with traumatic experiences and events; such as abuse and domestic violence.
- Navigating challenging life changes and transitions; such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.
- Coping with mental and/or physical health issues; including depression, anxiety, panic attacks or infertility or chronic pain.
- Seeking meaning and direction with your identity; including insecurities, fear, shame and a critical inner voice.
- Noticing painful patterns in your behaviour and or relationships
- Dedicated time to reflect on yourself and focus on personal development.
How counselling can help
Counselling can help us recognise the importance of discovering our own values and beliefs and gives us space to be the truest version of ourselves with confidence and without judgement. It can provide ways in which we can learn how to articulate and practice our rights and space to vocalise our thoughts, sometimes for the first time. Counselling provides a unique space for connection, strengthening our sense of self and a deepening understanding of our relationships. Through paying attention to how we are feeling we are increasing our self-awareness and giving space to the possibility of self care and healing.
How I work
Starting therapy can be daunting so in the first instance, I aim to help you feel at ease to tell me about what has led you to seek counselling. I believe it is important that you understand the therapeutic process and your progress in counselling so I regularly offer and invite feedback; during sessions and at 6 weekly reviews. We will work together to decide the focus of the sessions, you are in control of what you chose to speak about and the pace at which we work. I am happy to offer short term counselling (fixed number of sessions) and value the effective lasting change that longer term counselling can offer. My emphasis is on helping you to identify and work through the causes of difficult issues, while supporting you emotionally to move forward.
Alongside my private practice I am a counsellor with students at Strathclyde University. Prior to this I was a counsellor with Quarriers for over 6 years and set up their counselling service for young people who had experience of, and/or were at risk of sexual exploitation. I have experience working with interpreters to facilitate sessions. I have also worked as a counsellor in a service for people affected by post-natal depression and peri-natal mental health; a GP practice and a generic counselling service. I have a broad range of counselling experience with people of all ages and at different stages in their lives.
I trained to become a counsellor having worked and volunteered with people in varied helping roles since 1998. I worked in homelessness, facilitated issue based community arts projects and supported young carers. I was most interested in being with individual people and the relationships we formed whilst working in these roles. I became increasingly inspired and intrigued by the therapeutic and transformative power for people to simply be seen and to experience being heard. Training to become a counsellor and my personal experiences of counselling have affirmed how life changing and empowering the process of counselling is, something I am very passionate about!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about my practice, Katherine
Training, qualifications & experience
- Emotion Focussed Therapy Level 1 & 2: University of Strathclyde
- Grief, Bereavement and Loss: Crisis, Erskine
- Post Graduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy: University of Strathclyde
- Further Steps in Counselling Skills: University of Strathclyde
- SVQ Health and Social Care: GCVS
- Certificate in Counselling Skills: University of Strathclyde
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.
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
It is important that you feel comfortable working with me and that we are the right ‘fit’, I place a great deal of emphasis on ‘relationship’ as this is the essence of my work so offer an initial 30 minute session for free.
From then on my fees are £50 per session. I reserve a number of appointments which I can offer at a concession.