Hello, my name is Katie. I am a qualified Pluralistic Counsellor with a first-class degree in Counselling and Therapeutic Practice (Level 6) and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have been trained to work with children, young people and adults and offer telephone, online and face-to-face sessions.
The pluralistic approach to counselling embraces a range of therapeutic methods and concepts and is underpinned by two basic principles:
1) “Different people are likely to benefit from different things at different points in time and
2) Therapists should work closely with people to help them identify what they want from therapy and how they might get it” (Cooper & McLeod, 2011).
I will work with you in a way that is collaborative, holistic and flexible, respecting that you are the expert in your life. Working from a person-centred foundation, we can tailor your therapy to reflect your unique needs, preferences and goals. It’s my aim to provide you with a space where you feel safe to talk, listened to, understood, and be validated. In addition to Person-Centred Therapy, I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and therapeutic techniques such as Guided Visualisation and Empty Chair Work.
As a trauma-informed practitioner, I am interested in exploring more humanistic, non-pathologizing approaches to supporting humans in distress. If it’s helpful, I can support you to explore the challenges that you are currently facing by conceptualising them in different ways. We might consider, for example, how power operates in your life by using the Power Threat Meaning Framework or how your nervous system responds to cues of safety and danger through exploring Poly Vagal Theory.
For the last 20 years, I have also worked as a Socially Engaged Artist helping groups and individuals make sense of the tricky stuff of life. Within the therapy room, it’s not unusual for clients to struggle to find the words to express how they feel about painful experiences. Drawing on my skills as an artist, we have the option to use a variety of evidence-based creative techniques and approaches, including Photo-Therapy, to facilitate alternate means of expression. By using a drawing, photograph, or artefact therapeutically, I can help you to objectify and externalise whatever is distressing you, and together, we can place it at a safe distance to explore.
I have also worked in support services and have experience in supporting clients with issues relating to sexual violence, sexual exploitation, substance use, suicidal feelings and homelessness.
In my spare time, I enjoy urban rambling, experimental cooking and the ongoing quest to find the perfect flat white!
TL;DR – In a nutshell, I use a combination of psychological theories and modalities to meet your individual needs, these include trauma-informed and creative approaches.