Katherine Guest, MSc. Supervisor, Psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner
This service is only for clients aged 18 and over
Life as a psychotherapist began 19 years ago for me when I started a degree in Psychology. I then went on to study Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy. I trained in a core modality (Transactional Analysis) and also learnt other modalities that would be useful to my work, such as existential, person-centred, psychodynamic and gestalt therapies. Following this, I trained in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). (So what does all that mean? Basically I have learnt, and have experience of, lots of different ways to help).
Sometimes trying to establish what sort of therapy to embark on can be a daunting task. The following may be useful to enable you to decide if my learning and experience can be of benefit to you. Below are a few examples of the struggles people have come with, that they have either overcome thanks to our therapy or have learnt to cope with:
- Bereavement; sometimes this may have happened years ago but circumstances at the time or our belief about ourselves didn't allow us to grieve; we find we're not managing too well now but support networks are long gone
- Work-related and relationship-related issues; sometimes the stress of these can lead to unexpected and unusual health complaints, for example temporary reduction in limb mobility
- Panic attacks; they are scary and they may come out of the blue - maybe when we step outside or when we are in a crowd and believe we are being judged by everyone around us; we have been told there is nothing medically wrong with us
- Loss of some kind that can change a person's sense of identity; sometimes we think we know where we fit in the world and then something happens and we no longer feel as confident in our sense of who we are or how the world operates
- We feel like we've got to where we're supposed to be in life, which should be great but why does it feel as if something is missing? And why does every day start feeling like hard work?
- We may notice repeated patterns in life; for example, each time we begin a new relationship, we think 'it's going to be different this time' but it's not
- We may be aware that our brain seems to jump from one worry to another and when not worrying, we worry that we're not worrying; sometimes it can be our health that causes concern and the slightest twinge results in hours of internet research or yet another doctor's appointment
- We may have had an extremely stressful period in our lives, it's over but our body doesn't seem to realise it and we struggle breathing or our heart races when we're supposedly relaxing
- We can't seem to get over a traumatic event that happened to us in the past (recent or long ago); we may have nightmares or avoid situations that can trigger memories of the event; sometimes we can feel as if we're back in the moment and reliving it
- We may have been bitten by a dog; whenever we see a dog we freeze though logically we know the dog is friendly; now we walk home the long way around because the dog at no. 29 may be in the front garden; it's getting worse - the other day we froze when we saw a picture of a dog
- We believe crying is weak; a recent event is triggering confusing emotions for us and we notice our chest is becoming tight and we sometimes find it hard to breathe when we go to bed; everybody tells us how well we're coping but it doesn't feel like it
- We can't be bothered and want to stay in bed because we feel constantly tired. We don't know how to feel better and we're starting to think 'what's the point?'
- Flashbacks; these can feel very much as if a traumatic event is repeating itself. EMDR can be a useful therapy for such experiences.
- We just want to talk to someone in a confidential, non-judgemental setting
As you can imagine this is only a small example of issues that I can help you with. The underlying theme is that behaviour patterns, symptoms in our bodies or sudden overwhelming emotions are not making sense and we need a little help. Gaining awareness can be enough or sometimes people decide they want change for themselves.
On a practical note...I work in a room on the 2nd floor, with no lift. There is ample parking to the side of the building and a waiting room with toilet facilities. Please scroll to the 'Fees' section below to see my charges; unfortunately, I have no facilties to accept credit cards. I have a full DBS check
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Membership:
BA (Hons) French Language and Literature (University of Sheffield)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open University)
Diploma Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Northern Guild, UKCP/BACP accred.)
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Northern Guild & University of Wales, UKCP/BACP accred.)
Post-graduate Diploma High Intensity Psychological Therapies (CBT) (Newcastle University, BABCP accred.)
Certificate EMDR (Parts 1-4) (Derek Farrell, Colloquy, EMDR Europe)
Certificate in Creative Supervision (Jenny Biancardi, BPA accred., UKCP organisational member)
Member of UKCP and accredited* with UKCP as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland and accredited as an EMDR Practitioner*
Registered Member of BACP
(*The words 'Accredited'/'Accreditation' and, with regards to EMDR, the word 'Practitioner' indicate that a therapist has achieved the standard set of requirements of their member organisation. This means they have provided therapy for a minimum number of hours and provided proof of competency. Therapists aim to be accredited with at least one organisation and their proof of competency has to be reviewed on average every 5 years).
Consolidate learning from training in Attachment Focused EMDR with Laurel Parnell. This works on the premise that if we are reacting to situations in our lives in ways that seem exaggerated or inappropriate, there is a possibility that something unresolved from our past is getting in the way. We may not know what it is and this form of EMDR can help us find out and bring about healing.
I attended the EMDR European Conference in June 2019, learning how EMDR can help with depression and somatic issues.
(EMDR is recognised as a trauma therapy but I have found it useful for a whole host of issues other than trauma. The therapy itself can be much quicker than talking therapies but the preparation for EMDR processing can take time. If you have heard that EMDR is a 'quick' therapy, this is often the case when actually processing the trauma but the preparation for this processing is not necessarily 'quick', depending on your circumstances. It's a useful therapy if you don't want to tell the therapist details of what has happened to you - the main aim is to process unprocessed material from the past, not necessarily to talk about it. I'll be happy to answer any questions about this).
Learning is of little use without experience. Firstly, I know what it is like to undergo therapy myself as this was a fundamental part of my training course. I understand that turning up for that first session with a stranger is a courageous step to take. I also know how difficult and rewarding the subsequent sessions can be, whether you come for 2, 20 or longer. Secondly, as therapist, I have worked with adolescents for Action for Children and with adults in Employee Assistance and Primary Care settings. Some of the work I have done has been with the aid of interpreters. I am comfortable with short- and long-term work.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
EMDR Association UK
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
During the Coronavirus outbreak, all work will be conducted online or over the telephone if you prefer. My normal fee is £50 but during this period of working online, I will be charging £40 a session. Payment is to be made prior to the session via BACS or PayPal.
I am regularly updating myself with guidelines from UKCP, BACP and EMDR Europe. When face to face work is deemed safe again, I will initially notify existing clients who are taking a break during this period, before accepting new referrals.
In light of the spread of Coronavirus, I can appreciate many people will be worried about the risk of infection and yet will still require continued support. Therefore the following policy will hopefully alleviate some of your concerns and be in place until further notice:
All future appointments will be conducted online; Zoom and Skype are available. Zoom seems to be the preferred software for referring agencies. Both are free for one to one conversations and easy to download; I’ll just need your email address. Payments can be made online or via PayPal.
If you have to self-isolate and feel unable to attend online, cancelling your therapy appointment will probably be the last thing on your mind. If you can give me notice, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, once you have made arrangements for yourself and loved ones, please just drop me a text or email to let me know what's happening. It hopefully goes without saying there will be no charge.
Should I become infected and need to self-isolate and be unable to offer therapy, I will let you know as soon as I am able.
Despite the uncertainty at the moment, try not to overuse the internet if you can. There are so many unhelpful sites, loaded snippets of information, etc. that it probably won't alleviate the uncertainty and you'll be left feeling more anxious than when you started. Apparently the Italians are posting the following message on streets, in windows, on doors, etc.: "Andrà tutto bene - Everything is going to be alright".
I’ll be keeping myself updated with Government, NHS and BACP/UKCP guidelines. The EMDR Association has recently stated that EMDR processing cannot be completed online with new clients.
If you can think of anything else that can help, please let me know...