How can I help?

I can offer adults a confidential space to talk about your situation - whoever you are*.  It’s common for people to wonder if their problems really deserve to be taken seriously. They do. 

It can also 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 complex, whole person with a unique history, and context. 


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 - to help you feel emotionally safe. Over time, a unique partnership can develop which facilitates changes at a pace and level that feels right for you. 

Psychotherapy should feel the same, 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 if you need to. 

The general aim is to relieve any symptoms, and 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. I may share some of these ideas, if I think they will help you. 

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 relationship breakdowns, redundancy, health problems, or perhaps the impact of Covid-19.  The state of our nervous systems influences our state of mind, and so calming our body plays a key role in reducing anxiety, for example. 

How many sessions will I need? 

It’s up to you how long you stay, what your goal is, and what you choose to talk about, but I will let you know if I don’t think I’m the right person to help you, or if the goal might be better achieved through other types of activity.  Some people just want a handful of sessions to help them feel calmer or make an important decision, while others want, or feel they need, to stay much longer and go on to develop themselves, and lead more fulfilling lives. 

Having weekly time together can give you a relationship ‘anchor' in the week, while life is like a choppy sea. It can be a way of looking after yourself, developing self awareness and experimenting in the way you relate - perhaps learning to face 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. 


* I take an anti-racist and LGBT+ affirmative stance. I also understand there are many other ways that we can find ourselves in a minority, or feeling marginalised. My practice is on the ground floor, and if you have physical disabilities, I’m happy to work with you to ensure accessibility. 


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