Dr Katherine Peckitt
I use a wide range of psychological therapies to help people make sense of and find a way through emotional and physical distress. I believe in using therapy to re-connect people with their own strengths and resources. The approaches that I might include in my work are:
- Psychodynamic therapy, an approach which considers early childhood and care giving experiences and how these influence current relationships with self and others
- Narrative therapy, as a way to think about which stories have become a way of expressing someone’s identity and how these have become obstacles in their life
- Systemic therapy, as an approach to think about family relationships and role of each family member in this system
- Social inequalities, as a way of thinking about socio-economic factors, like money, education, ethnicity and how these impact on people’s health and well-being
- Cognitive behavioural therapy, to identify the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Consequently I am an integrative practitioner which means that after the initial consultation, I tailor psychological interventions to people’s personal circumstances.
I have a special interest in offering psychological interventions for physical health conditions, such as living with a cancer diagnosis, chronic pain conditions, medically unexplained symptoms, weight management, readjustments following surgery or physical trauma. There are a wide range of therapy approaches that can improve the quality of people’s life and well-being. These are usually structured approaches based on cognitive behavioural approaches, like Acceptance Commitment Therapy or Compassionate Mind Therapy.
I am experienced in supporting families with children, who live with complex health conditions and/or life-limiting conditions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a degree in Psychology (BSc(Hons)) and doctorate training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych). I have completed a range of additional therapy training, including in family therapy, compassionate mind therapy and leadership and management.
I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and my registration number is PYL3525
I have focused my research on young people’s experiences of stress and mental health in both secondary schools and at University. I have also published my research on the application of psychological formulations in teams working for the National Health Services.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
1: I offer a 15 minute phone conversation free of charge.
2: The initial consultation is a 50 minute session at the price of £130. The consultation session is for us to establish whether we are the right fit for each other. This consultation session is used to discuss why you are looking for therapy in more detail, your current circumstances and life experiences. I might therefore ask questions about your mental and physical health, significant people in your life and your early childhood experiences. At the end of this session, I will offer an initial psychological formulation about how I understand your situation and I will propose an intervention to you. Psychological formulations are hypotheses about what might be going on through the lens of different psychological theories and these can often evolve over time and in interaction between the psychologist and the client with the emergence of more information. Sometimes I may not be the right person/ service for you and we might discuss which other service might be more helpful.
3: If we both agree to proceed with therapy, we will agree to a set of sessions and the frequency of these. Usually I see people on a weekly or fortnightly basis for 50 minute sessions. The number of sessions varies significantly as this depends on your very personal situation. Sessions will be charged at £100 per session.
4: We will review the progress of therapy at regular intervals to establish what is helpful and what feels more challenging. These are also opportunities to discuss whether the intervention is doing what we had both hoped for and/or whether the therapy is coming to an end. Once the end of therapy has been agreed, I often propose one or two follow up sessions to allow for closure conversations to place.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client