Katherine Mather (MBACP, Dip. Couns)
I'm Katherine, a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor. I understand that keeping pace with the complexity of the world today can be a challenge, one which presents new issues for us both as individuals and within the family. Counselling offers a confidential and private relationship in which a person of any age can take time to deal with these kind of issues.
Each counselling relationship is different and I appreciate that it may have taken time to reach the decision to seek support. I work individually with children (age 9+), young people and adults on the issues they face, whether these result from a sudden life event or have evolved over time.
When you get in touch to book an initial session I can be available to speak by telephone for up to 20 minutes without charge if you wish. As we progress, we will review how sessions are going to ensure they continue to be helpful in meeting your needs.
As we explore the issues you face, I will help you to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to understand patterns or habits which impact your life. The increased insight you gain can lead to better self-understanding and self-acceptance and help you to make the choices and changes which are right for you - to move your life forwards.
I work from a recognised Person-Centred core which holds key the importance of being listened to in confidence, understood and accepted. I am trained to safely integrate ideas and strategies from other therapeutic approaches and will do so to ensure that our work together is appropriate for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Previously I have been employed as a senior counsellor working with 9-21 year olds and also as a college tutor, teaching adult counselling skills courses. I currently work as a tutor on an advanced specialist training course in counselling children and young people, CPCAB Level 5 Certificate.
Since 2013 I have been a member of the counselling team at a Gloucestershire based counselling charity where I continue to work with both adults and young people.
I take care to ensure that my knowledge and training is kept up to date and I regularly undertake continued professional development through training courses and self-study. I have undertaken specific post-qualifying training to work therapeutically with children and young people.
- Counselling Children and Young People Advanced Specialist Training (Accredited by NCS)
- Working with Young People Seminar Programme
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Assist Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The initial session costs £30 and subsequent sessions are £40 each. Payment is by cash, bank transfer or cheque. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
I can offer time-limited counselling or longer term work. Appointments are usually weekly, in a regular timeslot.
I work from a comfortable and accessible ground floor therapy room at the Tashi Centre in Dursley with free public car parking close by. I am also able to offer sessions online or by telephone.
Appointments are available Monday - Friday daytime to early evening. Please contact me to discuss options.