Before becoming a therapist..
..I worked in business for many years. I set goals, worked hard and reached a senior management position when I was relatively young. Unfortunately I pushed myself so hard I suffered burnout which is what first led me to counselling. Whilst that was a difficult period in my life, it lit a fire inside me. Having experienced the power of counselling and the positive changes it enabled me to make I knew that's where my future lay.
When I looked back at my career I realised the thing I loved most about it was connecting with people: spending time really getting to know and understand them; nurturing and empowering them to reach their full potential. Having retrained as a therapist and counselling lecturer I get to do those things I love every day, which is a great privilege.
Training and qualifications
I have a first class Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. I am an integrative therapist, which means I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models that I integrate to meet clients individual needs. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Standards and Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I receive specialist mentoring by attending regular supervision in line with BACP guidelines. This enhances the quality of the service I offer, ensures my work meets professional standards, advances my learning, stimulates creativity, and supports me to maintain resilience and fitness to practice.
I am passionate about continually improving my counselling skills and knowledge so I read widely, regularly attend training courses and events and take part in a monthly professional development group. I also teach counselling and psychotherapy in both Further Education and Higher Education settings.
I hold professional liability insurance.
When I'm not working...
...My personal experience has led to my involvement in campaigning for social justice and parity of esteem for mental health. My speaking engagements include: The BACP Annual General Meeting 2020 (Keynote Speaker); The Women's Equality Party Conference 2020; The Good Grief Festival; The All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus; The Primadonna Literary Festival.
I have worked closely with the BACP to ensure that counselling and psychotherapy form part of the Coronavirus recovery plan. I am also a member of the Lived Experience Advisory Forum to the National Bereavement Commission.
I teach counselling and psychotherapy on a CPCAB accredited counsellor training programme and at Leeds Beckett University.
I'm also mum to two primary school aged children. I have a degree in Textile Design, love getting creative and almost always have a decorating, restoration or craft project on the go. I am an avid reader and enjoy going to the theatre.
I use a relational approach, which is based on my firm belief that people can gain genuine power and wellbeing from connection with others in healthy, respectful relationships. Therefore my practice philosophy is to provide an experience of relationship where it is safe for you to explore your feelings and heal from distress.
After an initial meeting to get a feel for whether we can work together, I will work with you to understand your reasons for coming to counselling and establish what you hope to achieve. I offer unlimited counselling and suggest all clients to attend a minimum of six sessions with a review to consider whether longer term work is appropriate.
Whilst my philosophy remains constant, the counselling experience with each client is as unique as you are. I am trained in a wide variety of therapeutic models which I draw from and integrate as appropriate to meet each clients specific needs.
Above all, my approach is to listen without judgement, to enable you to feel heard and understood. I do not claim to hold all the answers but am fully committed to helping you find your own. I offer unconditional acceptance and patient support while you explore your feelings, determine a way forward or make positive change, if that's what you desire.
Confidentiality is critically important to counselling. I am registered with the ICO and am GDPR compliant.
What others say about me..
'Kathryn has a knack for taking chaotic thoughts and laying them out in simple terms. Her experience and knowledge in the field are apparent; offering theories and real life practices to apply in difficult situations.'
'During my counselling sessions I felt incredibly supported and that Kathryn was wholeheartedly committed to the improvement of my mental health and wellbeing.'
'Kathryn gave me the right balance of support and space to see my mental health challenges in a profoundly different light.'
'Kathryn took my requests and needs into account right from the start. She created a calm, patient environment and gave me the space to really explore what was troubling me.'
'From the very outset I was impressed with Kathryn, she seemed to me a couple of cuts above what I expected'