Katy Oswald MBACP, PGDip, MPhil
Many of us are feeling greater anxiety, depression and isolation due to the corona virus. Looking after our emotional and mental health in these times is as important as our physical health. Counselling with me can help you manage how you are responding to this very stressful situation.
I am a humanistic counsellor which means I believe that everyone is unique, and the reasons behind how you are feeling will be unique to you. Therefore, my approach to counselling is to help you make sense of what is going on for you, explore how you have ended up here, and find a way through that works for you.
I aim to create a relationship with you in which you can feel safe enough to talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts and feelings. I will not judge you, no matter what you need to talk about.
This experience can help you start to connect with and feel differently about yourself. Counselling can support you to gain greater self-awareness and acceptance, bringing clarity so you can begin to make the changes you need to live a more fulfilling life.
My approach to counselling is mainly person-centred, meaning I will work at your pace. I do not see myself as an 'expert', who can tell you 'why' you are feeling the way you are. I see counselling as a reflective partnership that helps you become more self-aware.
I also draw on Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Jungian and Feminist approaches to therapy.
For example, we might explore:
- How there may be different, seemingly contradictory, parts of you, and how you can become more comfortable with them all;
- How you relate to others and how you can break out of patterns of unhealthy relationships;
- How the story you tell about yourself might be limiting your awareness and acceptance of yourself;
- How you might self-sabotage and behave in ways that block you;
- How you feel about yourself and how that is shaped by your experiences;
- How you respond to challenging life events and how you can deal with them differently;
- How past traumatic or painful experiences can keep you "stuck" in the past.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor, with a PGDip in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton, and I am a registered member of the BACP.
I have worked in the voluntary sector as a counsellor for As You Are, a low-cost counselling charity in Southwick.
I have a BSocSc and MPhil in the social sciences and, in addition to being a counsellor, I am a teacher and researcher at the University of Sussex. I adopt a psycho-social approach to mental health, recognising that how we feel about ourselves will be shaped by not just our personal experiences and relationships, but also the communities and societies we live in.
I adopt an inter-sectional approach. I recognise that how we feel about ourselves and how we are treated by society is shaped by many different aspects of our identity, including our gender, race, class, age and sexuality. If we feel we are discriminated against because of aspects of our identity, this can have a significant impact on our mental health.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Evidence shows that counselling works through the trusting relationship between the counsellor and client. Therefore, it is really important that you find the right counsellor for you.
Due to the corona virus, I am currently only offering video call counselling. I offer an initial free appointment so we can get to know one another and decide if we want to work together. In this session we can discuss what you want from counselling, and you can get a feel for how I work and decide if that is right for you. You are under no obligation to continue.
If we do decide to continue working together, regular appointments are 50 minutes and cost £45.
I believe counselling should be accessible to all, therefore I offer a limited number of concessional rates of £35 for students and people on low incomes.