Maybe things aren’t going well in your home or family life, you are depressed, anxious or stressed. Perhaps you have experienced abuse and/or your self esteem is low. Or you don’t know what is going on, but you know that you don’t feel right. Counselling can help.
Perhaps the hardest part of starting counselling is deciding to go in the first place. Some people may feel it is self-indulgent, finding it difficult to value themselves enough to ask for help. Others may see it as admitting weakness or failure, or perhaps a wide-spread societal attitude has led them to think that considering one’s own mental health is shameful. But you have moved towards giving yourself a helping hand by being here and thinking about taking that first step.
Hello, I'm Catriona
As a fully qualified integrative counsellor, I can provide a safe, confidential space in which to explore different parts of you and your life. I have a number of different approaches I can use to best suit the client and the issues they present, however my core approach is as a person-centred counsellor. This means that YOU are at the heart of what we do and that building a good, trusting relationship between us is key. I will listen without judgement, I will not be shocked by what you have to tell me and importantly, I will not tell you what to do – that is always for you to decide.
I trained as a counsellor later in life, after my own experience of counselling had, over time, changed the way I viewed myself and therefore my life. I have a diploma in Integrative Counselling and am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I adhere to their Professional Ethical Framework. I undertake a range of continuing professional development courses including recently completing the course run by Choices in ‘Understanding the effects of childhood sexual abuse’. I work with people aged 16 and over.
What happens when you get in touch
When you contact me (see below) for the first time, I will be in touch as soon as possible so we can organise an initial free, informal online or telephone session. This will last around 15 minutes and is both for me to get a bit more information about what you are looking for, and for us to start to get to know each other to see if we could work well together. It is then up to you to decide if you wish to continue and book regular counselling sessions.
Counselling frequency and length
Counselling works best if it is regular and this usually means sessions will be weekly but do talk to me if this would cause a problem for you. I offer both short term (usually 6 – 12 sessions) and longer term, more open-ended counselling.
Counselling session fees
The cost is £50 for each counselling session. A session, both in person or online, lasts for 50 minutes. I ask for payment by bank transfer before the start of each session. If this is not possible, I will accept payment in cash at the start of the session for face to face clients.
If you do need to cancel a session, I ask that you do this as soon as possible and with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, otherwise full payment for the session may be required.
I work in Cambridge, both face to face and online.
Face to face, I am located in a quiet residential street off Cherry Hinton Road in Cambridge. It is a one minute walk from a bus stop served by the Citi 3 bus. The consultation room is on the ground floor and level access, although there is a threshold to navigate. Minimum door widths are 700mm and the turning circles are not large due to the small nature of the corridor and room. Please do ask if you need more specific details.
Online, I work via Teams. It is possible to join our meeting without downloading the Teams app, although you may find it useful. You do not need to have a Microsoft account to join the meeting, with or without the app.
For us to work successfully together online, you should have a safe, private space to use for our sessions.