Katherine Ward MBACP, MA Relationship Therapy, BA (Hons)

Katherine Ward MBACP, MA Relationship Therapy, BA (Hons)

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About me

Whether you feel that you have gradually been growing apart, or something has happened that has disturbed the core of your relationship you don’t have to face these issues alone. I know how important it is that you are heard by your partner. I can show you ways that you can reconnect and help you talk about difficult and sensitive issues in a constructive and caring way.

I am a Relate trained and qualified counsellor with a Masters degree in Relationship therapy. I have a breadth of experience in numerous relationship issues, these include

  • ​Growing apart
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Communication difficulties
  • Lack of intimacy and sex
  • Continuous arguments
  • Moving towards separation
  • Couples where one or both are affected by mental health conditions
  • Parenting and/or blended family issues
  • Starting or maintaining a relationship

“one size fits all” models of counselling are proven to be ineffective, which is why I tailor the therapy to you, and your needs, and even your budget if required. Sometimes counselling isn’t necessarily about reaching a conclusion or resolution, often it can also be the start of a longer process.

The most important thing to recognise is that the moment you've got in contact you have started the process, and this is the first step in beginning to move forward.

Do you feel you need individual counselling around your present or future relationships? It might be that you have been starting to ask yourself questions about your relationship, and need some clarity in order to move forward. I can provide a safe space to explore feelings and options.

What to expect in the first session

​Making the decision to start counselling often takes courage and can be daunting. I'm very aware of this, and will work hard to make the space feel secure for the you. My priority in the first session is to hear your story and find out what is most important for you.

When there are two of you, I would need to hear what is important to both of you. I also want you to get an idea of the process you have begun and how it will unfold. It's important that you move towards understanding that the counselling session is a space and time where you can (both) be heard.

​If you wish to understand more about the process or investigate how I can assist you, I'm quite happy to talk to you on the phone prior to booking a session. Often clients find it really useful to have an informal chat with me, get an idea of the process and a feel for the kind of person I am.

NB. I also offer Skype counselling and have found this extremely effective

Training, qualifications & experience

My MA is in Relationship Therapy with the Relate Institute. I currently work for Relate 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.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
  • Gottman method
  • Managing mental health conditions together


My rates are:

  • £50/hr for individuals
  • £60/hr for couples.

I do have some flexibility for those on limited incomes.

Maps & Directions

Warlingham, CR6
Sanderstead, CR2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime Weekday Mornings. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings. Saturday Mornings through to lunchtime. Parking available. Other appointments available on request.

Types of client

Older adults