Integrative Counsellor (MSc) Regd. MBACP (Accred). Lecturer, MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy
A few words about myself
I am a professionally qualified and accredited Integrative Counsellor, offering individual counselling here at Asana. Over the past several years I developed my practice and gained experience working both privately and within the NHS. I have worked with clients who have been diagnosed with issues such as: anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma, and have worked with people struggling to come to terms with: abortion, adoption, physical/sexual abuse, bereavement and loss, anger management, drug abuse, self-harm, suicidal feelings, family and/or relationship issues and other emotional difficulties.
I am also a visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton on their MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy programme.
We all experience difficulties at different times in our lives and sometimes it can help to talk to someone about it. There are lots of different reasons why people decide to try counselling. For some people, something specific may have happened, like a sudden death in the family, or illness or injury. Other people might want to gain more insight into themselves and they choose counselling or psychotherapy as a form of personal development. There are even times when there might not seem to be a logical reason for why we feel the way we do, but somewhere inside we recognise that we are experiencing emotional difficulties. Whatever your reasons, you might find talking to a professional therapist in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment helpful.
What is ‘Integrative’ counselling?
In theory, ‘Integrative' means that my training has incorporated several theoretical approaches:
- Person Centred
- Phenomenological / Existential
- Post-structural / Postmodern
What it means to me is that I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to working with my clients. Rather I believe that everyone is unique and I therefore tailor the way I work to the specific needs of the individual I am seeing.
How many sessions would I need?
An initial consultation - This gives us the opportunity to meet and discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and what you would like to gain from it. It will also allow you the space to discuss any questions and concerns you may have about the counselling process and it gives us the chance to get to know each other and decide whether we would like to work together.
Following sessions - Sessions are usually weekly, at the same time. I aim to work in a way that feels non-judgemental and supportive, in a comfortable and confidential environment. I believe that my role, as your counsellor, is to help you explore whatever you are going through and facilitate the discoveries you make about yourself, but I will never offer advice or tell you what to do.
Number of sessions - I offer both fixed-contract and open-ended therapy. The number of sessions is usually agreed on in our first consultation, when we discuss your needs and which option may be best for you.
Appointment times - My practice hours are usually between the hours of 8:00am – 6:00pm. However, I understand that life gets busy, so as well as offering appointments during ‘normal’ working hours, I do have limited availability of early morning and evening appointments.
Qualifications/ Professional memberships:
My qualifications include:
- MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Roehampton University)
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling & Counselling Skills (Birkbeck University)
- BA in Psychology and Communication (University of South Africa)
- Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course (CRUSE, Acentis accredited)
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (Registered BACP Accred.)
- The Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
To book an appointment or to find out more about counselling with me and discuss how I can help you, please do contact me via:
Tel: 078 11400 486
Web Site: www.catherinealtson.co.uk