About

About 2017-11-27T12:09:28+00:00

Hello My name is Cathy

I’m a qualified integrative counselling psychotherapist. I use a client-led approach; actively involving my clients in their therapy. What this means is that my clients have a say in and are always informed about which model I’m using and why I am using it. This allows the counselling process to change and evolve, if necessary, as each session progresses and key life experiences are discovered and better understood.

“As I use an overall client-led approach, actively involving my clients in their therapy”

As required by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I have regular, professional supervision from a registered counsellor. I have an enhanced DBS certificate.

I run a private counselling practice, within a two minutes walk from Brentwood train station and I undertake both short and long term work. My practice has disabled access. I am fully insured.

Training and Registration

I trained as an integrative counselling psychotherapist at the University of East London. The integrative approach allows counsellors to chose from a range of evidence based counselling techniques, that suit individual clients, rather than using a single model of therapy for all clients.

I am registered with the BACP and work within their ethical framework. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a graduate member within their Division of Counselling Psychologists.

I am currently training towards a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in order to widen my knowledge and carry out my own research in this field.

Experience

I worked as a volunteer trainee counsellor at the Centre for Action against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and at Mind in Brentwood. Since I qualified, I have continued to volunteer at Brentwood Mind.

I now also run a private practice in Brentwood Essex.

I worked for fifteen years in the NHS in clinical research management, and as a research fellow and project manager in patient experience and patient safety. I worked in various NHS organisations including NHS England and several large London teaching hospitals.

Prior to working in the NHS I was a lecturer in Psychology for sixth form students and undergraduate heath and social care students.

Qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy (Pass with Distinction)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

MSc Research Methods in Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Mindfulness

My mindfulness journey began approximately 10 years ago, when I first started to meditate and came across the notion of being mindful. I developed my practice alone and in groups, until I encountered a student from Bangor University who was researching the effects of Mindfulness at work. She made me realise that I would like to pass on my knowledge and teach others how to meditate.

Since then, I have undertaken various courses, including teaching mindfulness for pain management and mindfulness for stress with the International Breathworks Organisation.

More recently, I have researched the relevant literature and attended workshops that link certain counselling techniques with mindfulness practice. The most notable technique I encountered was the use of a combination of mindfulness and CBT to help relieve insomnia. I now offer this to those who feel it would benefit them.

In 2018, I will be developing a course to teach mindfulness in the workplace.