Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP, BA (Hons)
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This professional is available for new clients.
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Sometimes, trying to achieve a healthy work/life balance coupled with the daily pressures of anxiety, stress, depression, troubled relationships or a background of emotional trauma, PTSD or bereavement can feel incredibly overwhelming. It may feel like you have lost control, that anger is always just under the surface or, more generally that you have lost any real sense of happiness.
My approach to counselling is founded on working uniquely with you, exploring what feels overwhelming and working together to bring about positive and meaningful changes to your life. By reducing your stress to a manageable level and increasing your positivity we will work on helping you cope again and start enjoying every aspect of your life and relationships. My broad experience has helped clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, childhood emotional trauma, addictions, PTSD and chronic illness. By working together, counselling can offer you the space to grow in self worth and you will feel able to face the day ahead with more confidence, higher self-esteem and greater positivity.
I offer a completely judgement free and highly supportive space to work with you objectively and with acceptance. My clients have found that through exploring difficult feelings and painful negative self beliefs, they are able to grow in both self acceptance and positive self valuing beliefs.
I know the prospect of opening up to a complete stranger can sometimes feel quite daunting, however I promise that everything you tell me will be heard with understanding, acceptance and a deep compassionate warmth. My tailor-made approach is founded on an empathic and sensitive attunement around what you are experiencing and you will be met with both honesty and open-mindedness. I am fundamentally a human being first and this enables me to bring lightness, warmth and gentle humour to our sessions which has enabled my clients to feel safe and at ease.
I am based in a beautiful, private counselling room that offers calm, safety and is away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. With current COVID-19 social distancing measures still in place, I am able to offer Face-to-Face, Zoom and telephone counselling. My room is large and easily accommodates 2 metre social distancing with direct access and large, double doors that we can leave open if you prefer. For up to date information around my availability, please visit my website appointments page.
Young People (11-18)
Reaching adolescence can feel like a crisis point for many young people, when the difficulties you are experiencing in adapting to a newly emerging, more adult way of being can feel incredibly daunting.
I have been working with young people (11-18), teenagers and adolescents for many years and I understand that coping mechanisms can take a while to develop, or they may have been damaged along the way and have resulted in you withdrawing from what can feel like a very threatening and difficult world. Working together, we can talk about any issues you have experienced, or are currently facing, and we can take our time to understand the impact of past experiences on what can feel like a heavy emotional rucksack. If you feel the joy of childhood has been lost along the way, or indeed you feel you are unable to experience the simple day to day pleasure of enjoying life, or are struggling with the pressures of making important life choices about your future, then maybe it is something we can spend some time talking about together.
(BY, Thaxted) “From my very first meeting with Katie, I could tell she was different from previous counsellors and therapists. I came with a whole heap of anxieties and issues to work through, and she was there every step with honesty, advice and a pair of ears to listen. I could not recommend her services enough, it's been a long road and she's helped really process the everyday ups and downs throughout our sessions. Someone who through honesty and understanding helps you become more rooted, aware of the realities around anxieties and gives a clear path to work through issues. I always left every session feeling a million times lighter and ready to tackle life head on”
(DG, Bishop’s Stortford) “When I first visited Katie, I couldn’t imagine not feeling anxiety as part of my daily life, almost constantly, alongside huge peaks. I also didn’t know or understand how counselling could help. Yet, over the course of 8 months, I’ve seen huge change in my mental health, which has now started to impact my physical health, positively. Katie helped me navigate the pain, which was the source of my anxiety, and provided me with resources to help effect long term change. I now don’t wake up every day feeling anxious!”
(EB, Dunmow) “Katie is a lovely person who will sit and listen to you and she will not make you feel judged at any moment, I felt very comfortable straight away which I did not expect when speaking to someone I did not know. I walked into counselling a girl who I didn’t expect to change very quickly but with her help I’ve managed to help myself become a better person whom I didn’t believe I could be. Very thankful for the support and help she has given me”
(JF, Felsted) “I wanted to write and thank you for all your help with my daughter. From our very first telephone conversation I felt you listened and made me feel reassured that you would be able to help her. My daughter always returned from your sessions happy and positive and her confidence has grown. You were able to provide a safe and comfortable environment where she felt she was able to open up and you provided her with the tools and strategies she needed to face situations. Your warmth and kindness radiates and my daughter was reassured after your sessions that everything was going to be all right which was vitally important”
(JW, Dunmow) “Finding a way through a bout of depression and anxiety proved difficult alone. Although positive things were happening in the present, my past experiences of baby loss and breast cancer overwhelmed my thoughts. With compassion and patience Katie worked with me weekly to focus on self confidence and self belief. I felt supported to make positive changes to my lifestyle and attitude. Moving forward I feel full of hope and ready to take on the challenges of life with renewed energy”
(HS, Thaxted) “I began seeing Katie to help deal with a traumatic event that had happened 18 months prior and was negatively impacting on certain areas of my life. I had never had counselling before and I wasn't sure what to expect but Katie was very welcoming and extremely easy to talk to. She helped me to talk through my issues, understand why I was feeling a certain way and regain some self-confidence. It was helpful to talk to someone completely independent and I instantly felt lighter and happier after each session. Katie is not only a brilliant therapist but a lovely, warm and kind person. I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone looking for therapy sessions, especially if you are a first timer and are feeling a little unsure!”
(RS, Bishop's Stortford) "I started going to Katie as I was struggling with my self esteem and how this impacts my adult life, both with relationships and work. We started right at the beginning, looking back at my childhood and then piecing together how this impacts my life. I have always been quite skeptical of counselling and, if I'm honest, I wasn't sure what I would gain from going. However after 7 weeks, and breaking down exactly why I think the way that I do and why I react the way that I do, I have come away from this feeling not only lighter, but also with a greater understanding of myself. I have learnt what my triggers are and also how to avoid them taking over my day to day life and, most importantly, I have taken back some control on how I look at, and value, myself. I am extremely grateful to Katie for helping me break down my barriers and begin this journey of self discovery. I would highly recommend Katie to anyone who feels they need some extra support as I found her sessions invaluable"
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (1st)
Rewind Technique for PTSD and Trauma - The Counselling Academy
Couples Counselling - The Counselling Academy
Transactional Analysis - The Counselling Academy
NCFE Diploma in Integrative Counselling Studies, Level 3
Finding Your Way Mentor Training (for young people) with The Surrey Care Trust
7 years experience working with adults and young people, providing counselling and psychotherapy, voluntary bereavement and grief care, mentoring.
Previously worked for 20+ years in the Recruitment Industry working with senior/director level Finance workers.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £80.00 to £100.00
Free Initial Telephone Consultation
£80 per 50 minute session for adults and young people (Face-to-Face, Online, Telephone)
£90 per 50 minute session for Couples (Face-to-Face, Online, Telephone)
£100 per 60 minute session for Couples (Face-to-Face, Online, Telephone)
When I work
Mondays - 09.30 - 17.00
Tuesdays 09.30 - 17:00
Wednesdays 09:30 - 17:00
Thursdays 09:30 - 17.00