Katherine Ward MBACP, MA Relationship Therapy, BA (Hons)
Welcome. I'm Katherine. I am a fully qualified, BACP registered counsellor and relationship therapist. I work in the third sector counselling couples as well as private practice.
- How relationship counselling can help
Relationship therapy looks different to every couple. People come with multiple needs at various stages in life. The aim of therapy is, broadly, to try and encourage re-connection and a nurturing of the relationship that perhaps hasn’t been present for a while. The therapist is a person that stands outside the relationship looking in, and because of this, the couples in the room are able to do this too.
A great advantage of couple counselling is that you are better able to have difficult conversations in a protected environment. It is harder to be defensive or angry with a qualified, experienced relationship therapist in the room. It is easier to say things that maybe you dread saying; to voice hurts that your partner might have long forgotten. I can hold these difficult conversations and use techniques to increase mutual empathy and show you a better way to relate. A relationship therapist is neutral. I won’t see one person being right and the other wrong. I see both sides. I see relationships not as being linear but circular and part of a whole; a system. This just means that in a couple, every action causes a reaction. Often my work is around breaking negative cycles. Sometimes work is short term and solutions focused, sometimes it can be more involved. It is important that we work collaboratively and you have ownership of the process.
- Individual therapy for relationship issues
It might be that you are unable to start and sustain a healthy relationship, and you want to explore why. Perhaps you are going through a separation, and you need help to come to terms with the loss of your partner (and soul mate). You might also want to work on your own self esteem, following a relationship trauma of some kind. Quite often also an individual will come to me who is interested in couple counselling who's partner doesn't want to attend.
- What to expect in the first session
Making the decision to start counselling often takes courage and can be daunting. I'm always aware of this, and will work hard to make the space feel secure for you. Counselling can help. Whatever you are facing, you do not have to face it alone. My priority in the first session is that you get an idea of the process, you feel safe, and that you begin to understand how we are going to work together. I value your feedback from the outset. I offer an introductory session for £35 with no obligation to continue. I can offer reduced rates depending on affordability.
Training, qualifications & experience
My MA is in Relationship Therapy with the Relate Institute. I work for a charity counselling couples, and in private practice. My previous experience ranges from various clinical settings. I've volunteered in an inner city London school counselling adolescents. I am a registered baby bonding practitioner, and have an understanding of the mechanisms of early bonding and attachment. I've also worked in the NHS; I was a district nurse visiting people in their own homes primarily carrying out palliative and terminal care, often supporting couples and families as well as my patients.
General counselling courses
- CPCAB certificate in counselling skills
- Baby bonding practitioner training
- Suicidal risk and support
- Mental health awareness
- Child protection and safeguarding
- Counselling children and adolescents
- Aspergers syndrome
- Systemic counselling skills.
Couple counselling courses
- MA relationship therapy
- Relate certificate of competencies which includes entry on the Relate register of practitioners
- LGBTQ sensitivity and awareness
- Sex addiction
- Personality disorders
- Toxic couples and conflict
- Domestic violence.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
- Gottman method
- Managing mental health conditions together
My rates are:
- £45/hr for individuals
- £55/hr for couples.
I charge a reduced rate for daytime work, and I do have some flexibility for those on limited incomes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings. Parking available. Other appointments available on request.
Types of client