How I work:
I work relationally which means that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the work. I offer people an attuning, empathic holding environment, non-judgemental, confidential, safe and resonant healing space where the person's experiences, thoughts and feelings can be given room to be expressed and so you are heard, acknowledged and met by me. Central to the humanistic approach is that "you are the expert of you" and I help people to develope and unfold the intrinsic knowledge that each person holds inside themselves.
Working primarily from the humanistic theoretical base which encompasses and combines three established and developed and, highly effective therapeutic approaches: So I use the Person Centred approach to bring about what is present, in the now for the person. In addition, I work from Transactional Analysis to help person see what is happening in their communications and behaviours and I also draw on Gestalt Therapy to bring about more awareness, which is when shift and change can then happen. Working in the Humanistic approach means I have a wide ranging tool and skill set to work with and as everyone is unique this is intrinsic to tailoring the counselling for each person to bring about their development, awareness and movement and change in their life.
I am particularly interested in turning the light on and illuminating what is happening on the inside while everything is going on outside such as changes of job, life circumstances, major life transitions, to bring about more understanding for the person's integration and quality of being-ness to live with more health and wellbeing. I have successfully worked at a busy London clinic counselling clients with a whole range of issues. As well as having my private practice I also work for a community based charity.
I am passionate about mental health and emotional wellbeing. I have been committed to and, involved in personal development and growth for over 30 years. In addition to studying, undergoing therapy myself as it is integral to my training and work, I am also committed to continual professional development to inform my work and ultimately to find ways in order to help people to find their own balance, and to live their lives as they really want to. I treat people holistically, seeing and hearing them in totality for the unique being that each person is. My work background included working in the creative sector and I am also a qualified teacher of expressive dance, which is a part of my daily life.
I am qualified as a Humanistic Counsellor with BSc.(Hons) Middlesex University & Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, London.
I am registered member with the B.A.C.P. (British Association of Counsellors Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk You can find me on their BACP website.
I am also on Counselling Directory, and Harley Therapy as well as various other therapy platforms.
I am GDPR compliant being a Registered Data Controller and registered at the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office).
About the counselling practice:
Where and how I practice:
FACE TO FACE: central Eastbourne
& London SW4
PHONE: Mobile or Landline
ONLINE - with Zoom or Skype
Call me to see how I can help: 07955 436798
please contact me about fees.
© 2022 Catherine M Telford MBACP