COUNSELLOR - INDIVIDUAL (ADULT AND CHILD)
Catherine Edmunds is a UKCP registered integrative Psychotherapeutic counsellor, supervisor and trainer who works with both adults, young people and children in relation to a wide variety of presenting issues.
Alongside Catherine’s private practice, she works in the NHS in a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Catherine works in two schools and has worked within a GP Practice and a private counselling service. She also trains counsellors for a local authority and offers mental health training to other agencies such as schools, charities etc.
Catherine believes that in life we all have experiences that can cause us a range of feelings. Each person is like a tower that has been shaped by life. Some towers are ‘more wobbly’ than others. When positive things happen in life our towers can stand strong and bricks can be added but when life is hard the tower can shake. It is Catherine’s belief that talking therapy can be like providing scaffolding around a tower. It gives confidential support and time to consider the options. Whilst it can be difficult to sit with uncomfortable feelings she believes that it can ultimately be helpful.
As a qualified psychotherapist, Catherine looks for the strength in all towers and work with clients to build trust in her, their own abilities and others. Catherine wants to help people to shape their tower into the way they want it to be.
Coming for counselling or psychotherapy can feel daunting and even those words can seem confusing. Catherine’s first priority is to help the client feel at ease and to get to know the client. Catherine offers a space to talk but also understand that for some people it can be difficult to find the words so she can work flexibly and creatively to help with this.
Catherine works with children aged 9-18. With younger children, Catherine often works creatively using play and art materials and she is able to offer guidance and support to parents/guardians, to understand children’s behaviour and can work collaboratively whilst respecting the limits of confidential sessions.
Catherine’s approach with older children can still be creative but it very much depends on their preferences and she is happy to be led by them. Catherine thinks that it is important that older children are given the space they need to explore any difficulties. However, Catherine acknowledges that this can cause anxiety for parents/guardians and so she seeks to support both parties whilst keeping what the client needs at the heart of this.
Training and Qualifications:
- MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (Northern Guild)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy with Children and Young People (UKCP) (Northern Guild)
- Certificate in Supervision (UKCP) (Northern Guild)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling with Adults (UKCP) (Northern Guild)
- Certificate in IPT Supervision (IPT UK)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies- specialism in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-A) (University of Northumbria)
- BEd Hons with Qualified Teacher Status (Liverpool University)