My name is Katherine. I am a fully qualified, BACP registered therapist living and working in Devon with those aged 13+. I am registered with the ICO and have an up to date DBS and first aid certificate.
I am a straight talking, integrative therapist, which means I use a variety of approaches and techniques depending on the difficulties you bring and the ways in which you work best. For example, I may use creative interventions to allow you to process emotions which may have become stuck or look at key relationships through the PAC (parent/adult/child) model. Every client is different and therefore there is a no one size fits all approach. I do however firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship is the key component. It is important you feel comfortable with whichever therapist you choose to work with, and most counsellors will offer an initial phone chat or appointment so that you can get a feel if they are the right person for you. If this is something you would like to do, please use the contact page to get in touch.
Whilst I can work with all sorts of difficulties including anxiety and depression. I have a particular interest and additional training in, trauma, bereavement and loss, and Autism spectrum disorders, including supporting parents to support their children.
I also work with student counsellors, and offer reduced fees for those who need it.
Training and Qualifications
As a counsellor I am constantly learning and developing, a part of the job I thoroughly enjoy. Here are some of my most recent training and qualifications;
Diploma in counselling Children and Adolescents
Diploma in therapeutic counselling
Level 2 Understanding and working with those who have experienced domestic violence
Working with dissociative disorders in clinical practice
Working with suicide and self harm
Eating disorders training
Treating intrusive thoughts
Effectively supporting grieving children and young people
Working with challenging behaviors
Autism spectrum disorder 101
Autism and Communication
As well as up to date safeguarding training, DBS and first aid
Why did I become a counsellor?
Having experienced my own traumas over the years, I dipped in and out of some good, and some not so good therapy. I already had an interest in supporting others, and had been doing so in various roles for different charities, so it made sense to develop this interest into a career. I felt passionately that I wanted to be part of the change for the good, drawing on my own experiences, alongside my training to help shape me into the counsellor I am today.