Katherine Purdy, Dip. Couns, MBACP
Hello and welcome to my page. Thank you for visiting at what I realise may be a challenging time for you.
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor supporting people who are anxious or grieving, frightened, lonely, struggling with sadness or in distress. I offer a warm and genuine welcome, an open heart and mind and time & space to be with you, to be alongside you for as much time as you need. After working as a paramedic for over 10 years I decided I wanted to retrain as a counsellor. I have continued to work for the NHS and find that people can be surprisingly resilient with the right emotional support.
I will listen carefully and seek to help understand your situation. In life, we cannot change events that have already happened, but we can change how we feel about them. I believe that every one of us has the capacity to change and become the best they can be. I will offer you the opportunity to safely share your thoughts, your anxieties and your fears so that we may work together as you find your way to a calmer and more hopeful way of being. I provide a kind and confidential space to help you cope with your distress and pain.
Engaging in counselling is an act of courage and can be a rewarding and healing experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BA (Hons) Degree in Social Sciences
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
I offer face to face sessions at the Manu Centre in Bradford-on-Avon, but also telephone and online sessions via Zoom.
I ask clients to contact me for a free initial assessment session, which is your chance to tell me in confidence, what has led you to consider counselling; it is also an opportunity for us both to get to know each other and to see how you feel about working with me. If you decide to continue, I will offer you weekly individual sessions in which you are again, free to be entirely open and honest in the knowledge that whatever you say is confidential.