BA Hons, MBACP - www.Katalyst Counselling.co.uk - Neath & Swansea
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As a humanistic, person centred counsellor, I work with people of all ages in general counselling. I am trained in Person-Centred, TA (Transactional Analysis) and Gestalt therapies, and I work through building a trusting relationship with you in which you can talk freely and say just how you feel. I listen without judgement, giving you the space to know yourself better and talk about anything that is worrying you. If you wish, I can also draw on elements of the CBT model, and/or creative work, but I believe real change comes through relationship and trust.
Is counselling right for you?
Talking can be very helpful, but you may be feeling troubled and not want to burden friends or family, or have worries that are too private to share with people you know. Emotions are designed to move, to come and go, and when we are not expressing our emotions they can often get 'stuck' and lead to depression, anxiety, stresses, low self esteem and physical illnesses. You may feel alone, and counselling can help by offering a safe space to share these thoughts and feelings with a person who is trained to help. I have often been told by people I have worked with that the best thing about counselling is the opportunity to talk to someone unbiased, not connected with the rest of their lives, and who will not judge them.
We can meet and see what brings you to counselling, with a view to continuing for further sessions. The counselling relationship is all-important, so you will need to see if I am right for you. I prefer to work one to one with individuals and not with couples.
I can work in a number of ways as my methods of counselling are tailored to the individual, and what suits one person may not suit another. We can work through talking/listening, through teaching practical ways forward, or creatively with colours and objects, as you wish.
If you would like to know more, click on my website link for more information.
If you are interested in receiving counselling sessions with me at Katalyst Counselling I would be pleased to hear from you and we can then arrange to meet. Please get in touch on 07856905442 (I may not be able to answer the phone but the mobile phone is completely confidential and I will respond to messages) or you can complete the form below to send me an email.
It would be helpful to me too if you are able to mention how you heard about me. Thank you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Counsellor (BA (Hons), Dip. Couns, Registered MBACP) with a Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling (Person Centred, TA / Transactional Analysis and Gestalt).
I trained from 2009 at The Wealden Psychology Institute in Crowborough, East Sussex, an independent college known for its excellence, where I gained a Diploma in Counselling (an Accredited course).
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have experience in a wide range of general counselling issues including:
- Loss of meaning or direction
- Low self esteem / fragile sense of self
- Loss and bereavement
- relationship issues
- Anxiety problems
- Sexuality and gender issues
- low self confidence
My Diploma training covered a wide range of counselling issues, and I undertake regular additional training.
I am BACP Registered.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My counselling experience:
- I have worked as a bereavement counsellor at St Michaels Hospice in Hastings, East Sussex
- I have worked with young people (over age 13) as a counsellor and as a careers adviser
- I have experience of working in a general counselling centre (Summerhayes in Lewes, East Sussex)
- I worked with Brighton LGBT Advisory Centre ( also known as Brighton Switchboard) with gay, lesbian and transgender people.
- I enjoy working creatively, and I also have an interest in exploring spirituality in every sense of the word. My counselling room is located in a restful, natural setting
- I can work through talking/listening, or creatively with drawing, colour and objects , if you wish..
£40.00 per session
Cost per session is £40 for a 1 hour session. I aim to keep my fees low to be accessible and affordable, and do not offer any concessions.
I can accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Payment must be made at the session or in advance.
Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice and no-shows may mean the full session fee is payable, bearing in mind I may have had to turn down another person who wanted to book the slot. However we will always talk about this if it happens and take into consideration the reasons for cancellation.
When I work
Mon to Wed from 8.30am till 6.00pm
Where do I work?
I work from Jersey Marine between Swansea and Neath.
My Jersey Marine counselling practice is ideally located just 10 mins drive from Swansea and 10 mins from Neath. The M4 motorway is either end of my road, offering easy access from any direction, and I can offer free parking either on the main road outside my house or you are welcome to park on my driveway. In addition, there is a very reliable and frequent bus service from both Neath and Swansea, and the bus stops are very near to my house.
I work in a woodland garden setting at my home in Jersey Marine, near Neath and Swansea, from a peaceful purpose-built garden room. I can offer a comfortable, quiet and completely confidential space in which to listen to you and to help with any changes you would like to make.
I can offer email counselling at £30, you would email me and the length of time I would spend on my response would be 1 hour. Payment would be in advance by bank transfer only.
Some of my former clients have given me permission to use the feedback I obtained from them as testimonials:
"I would like to thank you, you helped more than you can ever know. I'd like to let you know that after realising my worth I decided to emigrate to Australia. I leave Monday."
"I cannot thank you enough for all you did for my daughter. When we contacted you we were desperate for help, thanks to you she turned a corner and now is a happy, normal teenager again"
"This is a message to acknowledge that those sessions i had with you were a really important part of my healing journey, and i want to say thank you very much Katrina, and i hope you are happy and healthy."
"You have really helped me a lot, my counselling sessions have meant a lot to me and been very important in my life."
"You have a way of summing things up in a few words and somehow managing to say exactly how I feel"
"Sometimes it's uncanny the way you are able to say what I am feeling, how do you know?!"
"Counselling has really helped me a lot, I was very nervous at first but now am really glad I did this".
"Katrina puts you at easy immediately and the counselling room was warm and inviting which makes all the difference. The therapeutic relationship was almost instant! She used an integrative approach, which meant we never got stuck in a rut as she used techniques which suited me, and since I have had a few different therapy approaches hers was certainly the best. As now a counselling student I was possibly more aware of how she was as a therapist than someone who has no theoretical knowledge of counselling, she was also very accommodating of my variations in times for sessions as I could not make the same times weekly and put no pressure on me to stick rigidly for this would of hindered therapy. In short she was a refreshing relief from the counsellors I have had and really helped me make massive gains, a true professional and genuine counsellor. The gains I made have truly changed my life for the better and she achieved this with me."
"Caring, helpful, logical, smart."
"The best therapist I have used and would definitely use again in the future. Puts you at ease when you first meet her, is very friendly with a wonderful personality and I always came away from the sessions with something positive. Katrina helped me a lot during my counselling sessions and I would have no qualms in recommending this wonderful therapist to anyone. A diamond :-)"
"Katrina is really nice to talk to. She offers a calm, safe environment for you to address your thoughts and feelings. With Katrina, I could talk about things easily but never felt pressure from her if I needed to stop. She is gentle and offers different ways of thinking about things that I didn’t realise before. I felt like she understood me and my feelings. She is professional and genuinely caring."
"She is always so friendly, and the environment she conducts her sessions in also has a calming and inviting vibe to it. Both of these things allow you to promptly start opening up. Counselling allowed me to try and approach the people I was having problems with in my life more objectively and started me on a path to increasing my self esteem which now empowers me to believe that if I want something I am worthy of it and able to get it."
"I'm so much happier with myself and I would like to thank you for being a part of that! I hope you continue your fabulous work! "
"Katrina is warm and caring, but also able to remain objective about the circumstances while offering an alternative perspective on situations. She is Intelligent, articulate and able to create a safe and secure environment that I felt fully comfortable in. She is very honest but very kind. I never felt like I was being judged on my circumstances or my thoughts and opinions. I was encouraged to find my own answers which gave me a far more thorough understanding of what I needed to do for me. I have never had therapy/counselling before but would gladly recommend Katrina for anybody who feels they need to consult someone to work through any issues that may be affecting them."
"Katrina helped me realise the difference between feelings and emotions. I believe that due to my personal circumstances I wasn’t addressing my emotions but rather thinking about them which made the situation worse. Now I am far more comfortable identifying my emotions, and can find the best ways to channel them so I am not burying or ignoring them anymore. If I hadn’t met with Katrina then I could have potentially made some irrational decisions which would have been very costly. I am now able to focus much more on what I believe is important and am confident that decisions I make in the future will be the right ones rather than ones based on intense emotions."