What People Say About Working With Catherine

what people say about working with Catherine Topham Sly

What People Say About Working With Catherine Topham Sly


Thank you to everyone who has generously taken the time to share feedback on our work together. Click to find out more about individual therapy, couples counselling, and one-off relationships after kids coaching calls. Read on to discover what people say about working with Catherine Topham Sly, relationships after kids specialist therapist and coach.


Couples Counselling, May 2021


How did you hear about Insight & Connection?

“I heard about it through a post Catherine did on Facebook for her pub sessions, I think in Hove families.”

What made you decide to book sessions with Catherine?

“We had reached a point in our relationship where we weren’t able to resolve issues ourselves and our homelife was being impacted by arguments.”

What was most helpful about working with Catherine?

“Gaining a better understanding of myself and how I operate, [my partner] and how he operates and what we had perceived as being a ‘clash’ in personalities actually can be something really positive that we can use to our advantage.”

What would you tell someone else who was considering working with Catherine?

“Do it, it’s so worth investing in for the health of your relationship.”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

“Thank-you Catherine, you really have changed our lives.”


One-off Coaching Call, March 2021


What was most helpful about working with Catherine?

“Catherine is warm, calm and very easy to open up to without fear of being judged. She offered practical advice that was easy to absorb and was very compassionate about my situation, while also challenging some of my assumptions about the reasons behind some of my partner’s behaviour, which made me consider things from a new angle.”


One-off Coaching Call, March 2021


What made you decide to book a call with Catherine?

“Her content on Instagram really resonated with me in terms of what I was going through with my partner. On her stories her manner was calm and comforting. She had a sense of quiet confidence about her and pragmatism in the way she approached different topics.”

What was most helpful about working with Catherine?

“Normalising patterns and behaviour that I am experiencing within my relationship currently. Offering hope that things can improve, giving me practical examples of things to try and tweak over the next few weeks. Giving me the permission to continue on my growth journey without expecting my partner to be on the same path or feeling responsible for his growth and overall life satisfaction. Also being encouraged to write about some of the topics you wanted to cover on the call in as much detail as you wanted was really liberating. Catherine took great care in digesting my information and usefully played it back to me during out session. She also sent many useful resources afterwards which I have ben able to digest at my own pace.”

What would you tell someone else who was considering working with Catherine?

“Catherine is pragmatic, considerate, practical. She puts you at ease, listens and is what she preaches curiously compassionate 😉 She takes all the potential shame or guilt around asking for help out of the equation and provides you with so many practical and theoretical (if you want that too) tips and advice.”


One-off Coaching Call, February 2021


How did you hear about Insight & Connection? 

“Through Instagram somehow, probably a mom’s parenting page… I started following her and really appreciated her focus on marriage with kids. I haven’t seen anyone else address it head on like that.”

What made you decide to book a call with Catherine? 

“I felt like i just needed some feedback from a professional, I felt stuck in this loop in my head.”

What was most helpful about working with Catherine? 

“She was such a calming force, i felt very supported, she pointed out a few things i should look at, gave a book recommendation, she reframed some of the issues I had swirling around in my head, and she was able to bring the conversation to really nice ending point.”

What would you tell someone else who was considering working with Catherine? 

“She’ll help “calm the crazy” as I like to say. Motherhood and marriage is messy and amazing and hard. It’s such a huge life transition and so little is discussed around it. Catherine really validated my experience and gave me some great advice. I got more out of that one hour than I expected. I really appreciated it. It made me want to sign up with her as my therapist!”


One-off Coaching Call, November 2020


What made you decide to book a call with Catherine?

“I was impressed by the website and Catherine’s credentials.”

What was most helpful about working with Catherine?

“The clarity of her questions, including when completing the questionnaire before the session. Catherine’s style of covering the points that I raised in a direct but sensitive way; I felt extremely well heard and held.”

What would you tell someone else who was considering working with Catherine?

“Definitely go for it; Catherine is very professional and very good at what she does.”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

“I felt that my session was really good value for money because Catherine shared models of relationships, gave me recommendations for further therapy, gave me the space to talk, challenged (in a positive way) my position so that I could reflect and she also got me thinking about the areas that I would benefit from working on. Overall, I felt that she held a very effective clinical space, whilst also creating feelings of warmth and understanding.”


Individual Counselling, October 2020


“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.”


Individual Counselling, August 2020


“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!!”


Couples Counselling, August 2020


“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.”


Individual Counselling, July 2019


“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.”


Individual Counselling, June 2018


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.”


Individual Counselling, January 2018


“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.” 


Couples Counselling, November 2017


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


Individual Counselling, August 2017


“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.”


Individual Counselling, May 2017


“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.”


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