My counselling approach
How I work
My first aim is to develop a trusting, genuine relationship, which helps you to feel at ease and promote a sense of safety. I am interested in listening to you, I want to hear your story, to understand what matters to you, what is worrying you and to allow you the space to talk about anything you would like to – at your own pace. The experience of being really listened to, and heard, can bring about a great sense of relief, especially if you feel that you are facing your problems alone.
I work in an integrative way, using person-centred and psychodynamic approaches. I draw on these counselling theories to support you as you explore your thoughts, feelings and difficulties so you can begin to gain an awareness of why you feel the way you do, often resulting in understanding yourself better. This helps you make choices that are right for you and allow you to discover your own strength and resources which can feel empowering.
Depending on what you are coming to counselling for we can look at working either short term (usually 6-12 weeks) or long-term counselling. We can discuss together during your initial session what you are looking for and what would be suitable for you.
You can call me or email me to arrange an initial session which will give you an opportunity to meet me in person and decide whether you feel comfortable and at ease with me.
Our first meeting will involve finding out what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve from the process. This will help you decide whether to proceed.
There is no obligation to continue after our initial session and it is important you feel comfortable with me. You might decide to see 2 or 3 counsellors before making up your mind.
Catherine has helped me so much to reach a better understanding of myself and the importance of being kind to myself too
It has been wonderful. I feel stronger, more resilient and a worthwhile person
Catherine has shown me how to find happiness again