Your First Counselling Session

Getting In Touch

If you are interested in trying counselling, the first step is to contact me. You are welcome to get in touch by phone or email using either the form or address listed here. Please use whichever method you are most comfortable with to arrange your first counselling session.

I will get back to you as soon as possible – usually the same or next day. At this point we will usually have a brief discussion about what has led you to get in touch and how I might be able to help.

If I am able to help, I will let you know when I am available for us to meet. I will usually be able to offer you one or two possibilities over the next week or so.

If I am not able to help for any reason, or we cannot find a time that works for us both, I will suggest what you could do next. That might include visiting your GP, or contacting a trusted and respected colleague who might have availability at a time to suit you, or who I feel will be better able to help.

If we do arrange to meet, I will send you clear instructions by text or email. You will know how to get to the location, when to arrive, and what to do when you get there.

Your First Counselling Session

I will meet you at the agreed time and do my best to put you at ease if you are feeling nervous.

We will sit opposite each other and talk as equals. If you’re picturing a psychoanalyst’s couch like you’ve seen on TV, you might be disappointed!

My aim for the first counselling session is for us to find out whether we both feel that I will be able to help you. First I will give you a brief explanation of how I work. Then I will ask you what has brought you to counselling, and why now.

The first session is very much a two-way street and you are welcome to ask me anything you feel it might be helpful for you to know.

Sessions last for fifty minutes and it’s my job to manage the time. There will be some time to reflect at the end of the session. But you will be under no pressure to decide then what you want to do next.

You might decide then that you want to start regular sessions, in which case we will make another appointment. Or if you prefer, you can take some time to think about it.

If you decide you would like to start working together, you are welcome to get in touch at any time. Equally if you decide I’m not right for you, I will still be happy to make a recommendation as to where you might go next.

If you have any questions that this has not answered, or you would like to book an initial appointment, my contact details are here.

So many things were helpful

So many things were helpful that it is hard to choose just one. Most helpful was probably how compassionate you were towards me. This slowly helped me shift the way that I relate to myself. Counselling felt like a very safe and warm space, in which I could  look at myself with more kindness and allow myself to express feelings and needs. This has helped me personally as well as making me more open in my relationships with other people, privately and at work. Thank you Catherine. The two years with you have meant a lot to me and have changed me in many ways.

October 2020

I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story

I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story than Catherine. As she joined me on my journey she was kind and supportive. Encouraging me to see things in a different light. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine's instinctive approach and skill of picking out key elements in my narrative helped me make sense of things at this difficult time for me. Thank you. Everything was clear & straight forward. Which is no mean feat when you are operating in a global pandemic!!

August 2020

Catherine always remained calm and collected

Catherine always remained calm and collected even during times filled with conflict in couples therapy. She managed to bring back my then boyfriend to a calmer state and I felt like she was standing up for me when I couldn't. I felt like I had a good bond with her and trusted her so that I could open up in front of her.

August 2020

I feel I am in a very different place

One of the most useful things about going to counselling was learning so much about myself. I feel I am in a very different place from when I first started and I owe it to the support and help which Catherine offered. I will not rule out returning if I feel I need to, but for now I feel happy with the place I am in.

July 2019

I really found the whole experience really helpful

[What was most helpful about your counselling?] “Having a different perspective on my situation and what I was going through. Talking through how I was feeling and then being directed by Catherine to look at things in a different way and make connections to other parts of my life and relationships helped to make sense of things. I really found the whole experience really helpful and exactly what I needed at the point I was at. Thank you for your help.

June 2018

She helped me through the fog of self doubt

Catherine describes herself as a demystifier – and she is. But not just of psychobabble. She helped me through the fog of self doubt, delusion, depression that clouded me in a difficult period of my life. And in place of fog she helped install the ropes and tackle I needed to climb onto dry land, out from the cold, and find a seat back by the fire. But equally, she possesses a superpower (and a useful one for a therapist): she has an off-the-chart ability to listen. To make you hear her listening, to adjust the quality of silence you sometimes need to say what you didn’t know you were going to say, to make you feel heard. Her empathy is palpable; yet I’ve never once felt patronised. Most extraordinary is that she does all this without judgement or prejudice, but with sincerity and good humour. It’s pretty much the perfect combination and I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from talking to Catherine. And I can’t thank her enough.

January 2018

You were excellent

Thanks for all your help. I will be in touch if I need to in the future. You were excellent.

November 2017

Catherine was wise and supportive

Catherine was wise and supportive, picking out elements of my story and helping me see things in a different way. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine has been very kind and helpful at a difficult time in my life.

August 2017

The help you’ve given me has been invaluable

I just want to say a huge thank you for the past year. The help you’ve given me has been invaluable and I’ve learnt so much about myself, my past, and my relationship to the wider world. Your guidance and help will stand to me for the rest of my life and I’ve made so many positive changes in the past year, a lot of which I feel I owe to you. Thank you so much for everything.

May 2017

Thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and understanding.

January 2017