Katie Harris, Dip Couns, Reg. MBACP
Hi, my name is Katie Harris.
I have over 10 years experience working in the community sector, supporting people through the many transitional stages in life, in particular, the onset of ill health, changes in circumstances, Carers and Young Adult Carers.
What I enjoy most is getting to know someone at a deeper level and help them to see their own qualities. Something that can be so clear to others, but not always ourselves.
Please note, in light of the social distancing guidance amid COVID-19, I am currently only conducting telephone and video counselling. While this may feel an unusual concept at first, it has many positives and will soon feel much more normal.
For telephone counselling you will need a landline or mobile. For video counselling you will need a mobile, tablet or laptop and to download the free app Zoom.
How I Work
I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I am trained to work psychodynamically with the past and the unconscious, cognitively by looking at thought processes, and humanistically, meaning to have an acceptance for you and your choices. I work with what's comfortable for you, and at your pace.
More importantly, I work relationally. I am a person and you are a person, it's as simple as that. We are brought together with the same goal of helping you feel better, however that might look. The therapy is a shared experience rather than you 'having therapy done to you' and is essential for supporting growth and acceptance. While other elements of therapy can be adapted, such as being respectful of topics you don't feel ready to discuss, this part never goes away and I wouldn't want it to. Being relational is the best part of therapy because it brings us closer as well as experiencing a different type of intimacy with one another, one where you can be yourself and accept yourself.
What to Expect from Your First Session
Initially, we will speak on the phone/via email to discuss how you're feeling and what you'd like to get from therapy (it's ok if you're not sure what that is yet) and then set your first session date. If you prefer, you can also have an initial discounted assessment session before committing any further. It may be that you just want one or maybe a couple of sessions at this stage, which is also fine.
For video counselling, we will also discuss practicalities such as how to sign in to the video service (Zoom).
In the first session there will be a little bit of admin - this mainly involves establishing confidentiality and how we will work together, but most of it will be getting to know each other and learning about what has brought you to therapy. There will be no pressure to discuss anything particular in this session, we will go at a pace comfortable for you and I will continue to support you without judgement until you feel ready to talk. This is your therapy and it's done at your pace.
How Counselling Can Help
Everyone's experience of therapy is different - some people feel change quickly, for others it will be longer, it really is impossible to say. However, the main thing that I do try to ensure is that therapy has given you an experience of relating to someone who genuinely cares and trusts in you, and that you can take that forward in life with more confidence in yourself and without the need for external validation.
Some common areas I work with:
- Transitional Life Stages
- Long term health conditions
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master of Science in Psychology (Conversion) 2018 - 2020 - In progress
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - NHS Inter-Psyche Training Institute
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - NHS Inter-Psyche Training Institute
- 10+ years of working in family services
- Established 2 counselling services for unpaid family Carers
- Current DBS
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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
- Face to Face Counselling - £45 per 50 minute session
- Telephone or Video Counselling - £40 per 50 minute session
- 30 minute assessment session (face to face, telephone or video) - £30
I have limited availability of low cost therapy at £35 per session for either face to face, telephone or video therapy. Please contact me for details.