Katie Page, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP, BA (Hons)
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Sometimes the idea of 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 or bereavement can feel incredibly overwhelming. Under this growing pressure, it may feel like you have lost control, maybe anger quickly bubbles to the surface or you feel like 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, suicide ideation and mental health issues. 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.
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.
(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"
(PR, Witham) “Fantastic counsellor who helped me to find my own headspace when I was feeling lost and confused"
(TD, Chelmsford) “I’ve been seeing Katie at Therapala Counselling and Therapy for 4 months, and from where I was in life and not knowing what to expect, to where I am now, has changed me around on how I look at myself and life. You are greeted with respect and put into a very comfortable environment where you feel relaxed to talk and not have to experience a clinical office environment. I highly recommend Katie as she’s professional, understanding and knows her profession well”
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (1st).
The Counselling Academy - Couples Counselling
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 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
Free Initial Telephone Consultation
£60 per session for adults and young people (Telephone, Online, Face-to-Face)
£90 per session for Couples (Face-to-Face)