How can I help?

I can offer you a confidential space to talk about your situation - whatever it is, and whoever you are (gender, sexuality, race, physical ability, age, social class etc). 

It can feel a big step to ask for help, but people usually find it a relief to be able to talk freely to someone who can listen, and reflect on your situation in a holistic way - seeing you as a person with a history, a context and a body as well as a mind.

What are counselling and psychotherapy? 

Counselling is a very personal, honest conversation, with a focus on whatever you need to talk about; as a counsellor I will respond with compassion - in an empathic, honest and non judgemental way.  

Psychotherapy draws on the same process, but psychotherapists have to do more training, personal therapy and practice sessions before they qualify. This usually gives us a deeper understanding, and personal capacity to work at a less conscious level - perhaps to help you work through traumatic, painful experiences at your own pace. The aim is to create positive, enduring shifts in the way you think about yourself, your relationships and what matters to you. 

What is an integrative approach?

Integrative counselling and psychotherapy integrate a wide range of research and ideas about who we are as humans in a changing world, and what we need. 

This means, for example, that when I’m listening to you, I will consider how your family and cultural experiences might have shaped you, as well as the impact of traumatic experiences on your body and mind - such as your own or family relationship breakdowns, redundancy, health problems, or perhaps the impact of Covid-19.  

Ultimately the work is a partnership - you know how it feels to be you, and it’s your life. 

How many sessions will I need? 

It’s completely up to you how long you stay, and what you choose to talk about. Some people just want a handful of sessions to help them make an important decision, while others want, or feel they need, to stay much longer. 

Having weekly time together can give you a relationship ‘anchor' in the week, while life is like a choppy sea. It is a way of looking after yourself, developing self awareness and experimenting in the way you relate - perhaps learning to tolerate or share your feelings in a way you haven’t been able to. An initial session will give you a chance to find out what it feels like; there’s no pressure to continue if you don’t find it helpful at this time. 

 

I work in line with the ethics of the UKCP - the UK Council for Psychotherapy and BACP - the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, of which I’m a registered member. 

 © Catherine Cook MSc, BA (Hons), Couns. Dip., MBACP  2017, UKCP 2019     Site Map     Contact