Katie Watson MA Integ Psych MBACP
I am an experienced psychotherapist who integrates both traditional and holistic approaches to mental health.
I have a diverse therapeutic background which has shaped my own unique practice and I have worked as a therapist both privately and in public sector healthcare for many years.
I believe that change and wellbeing occurs in the partnership between body and mind, imagination and rationale and when all parts of ourselves find expression and understanding.
This often involves working in an embodied way, with sensation and imagery as well as talking and reflecting on issues. Please see my website for more information on how I work in practice.
Embarking on therapy and choosing a therapist can be daunting, so I offer a free, online introductory chat of up to 30 minutes to see how we might work together.
During this chat we can explore what might be helpful for you therapeutically and it also gives you the chance to find out more about how I work and ask me any questions.
From there, if we agree that working together feels OK, we can arrange some sessions. We can talk about how long you might want therapy for and what feels right for you. I offer therapy both on a short and longer term basis.
Please note that I am currently only offering online sessions via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy (MA) The Minster Centre and Middlesex University
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Adv PG Dip) The Minster Centre
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Pg Dip) The Minster Centre
- Diploma in Regression Therapy (Dip RT) The Regression Academy
- Advanced Certificate in Hypnotherapy The Regression Academy
- Accredited Healer School of Intuition and Healing and British Alliance of Healing Associations (BAHA)
- Yoga Therapist for Mental Health The Minded Institute
- Bodylistening - Deep Bodywork and Body Psychotherapy Training Brighton School of Embodied Therapy
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £60.
Concessions offered for
I am currently available for online therapy via Zoom.
The following components are key to my own therapeutic approach:
The body knows how to communicate and when we include it in the therapeutic conversation, profound shifts can occur. This is known as embodied process. If it is appropriate for our work, I might suggest we pay attention to bodily-held feelings, tension, sensations, and impulses that may arise as we talk. It is a subtle hands-off process which does not involve any touch or manipulation of the body.
The imagination is a powerful therapeutic aide: research supports its function as a bridge between conscious and non-conscious states. It can be thought of as the language of the body; we store experiences and reactions in our bodies that we often do not have words for, and imagery can give these experiences symbolism and expression. This is known as imaginal process. Working in this way can enable us to integrate challenging or traumatic experiences and it is a powerful tool for self-regulation.
Resources are meaningful things that we can connect to, both literally and through our imagination, in order to feel better. Resources can be anything: a special memory or place in nature, an animal or symbolic object, a calming activity or any number of other things. Resources can also be found in the body in the form of self-soothing gestures or grounding movements. They give us the means to self-regulate and steady ourselves when we are overwhelmed: this in turn gives us agency and choice.
Our identity is by nature composite, that is: made up of different, and sometimes conflicting parts or self-states. These are often ‘split-off’ survival reactions linked to formative experience. We tend to thrive better when we are able to connect with these parts of ourselves, even the painful or wounded parts. I often work explicitly with these parts when supporting clients with trauma.
Integrative psychotherapy emphasises relational ways of working, which means being open to how we are relating to one another in the here-and-now of therapy. How you relate to me as your therapist can reflect how you relate to others in your life, or how you were treated growing up. This can open a doorway into unresolved issues, both past and present.