How can I help?

I can offer you a confidential space to talk about your situation - whatever it is, and whoever you are. 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 - thinking of you as a whole person, with a history and a context.

What are counselling and psychotherapy? 

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

Psychotherapy draws on the same process, and may feel very similar, but psychotherapists have to do more training, personal therapy and practice sessions before they qualify. I think this enables us work at a deeper, less conscious level - to help you work through traumatic, painful experiences at your own pace, and 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 psychological and neuroscientific research, and ideas about who we are as humans, in a dynamic 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 events on your body and mind - whether experienced directly by you or your family, such as divorce, redundancy, health problems, or perhaps the impact of Covid-19. 

However, this is a partnership - you know how it feels to be you, and we can get to a place of understanding what’s happening at a deeper level, and create the conditions for change, by working together. 

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 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