Hello, and welcome
My name is Catherine Teale
I am a fully qualified professional Integrative Counsellor Talking Therapist. I am a compassionate and kind person, committed to providing a warm and safe environment for each client that choses to come to me for counselling. The way I work is relational, I treat each client as a unique individual. Because of this I do not believe that one method fits all, this makes me an integrated therapist as I draw upon a number of techniques and approaches to reflect each individual. My main baseline is person-centred using the core conditions empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence used by Psychologist Carl Rogers . As I get to know a client I may bring in other modalities which may help such as Gestalt work, Transactional Analysis (TA), Attachment Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Some clients may like to explore thoughts, feeling and emotions through just freely talking or some may like to experiment creatively through using tools such as mood cards, Buddha boards and drawing . Like I said earlier everybody is different and there is no wrong or right way to explore your process.
One last thing...
Sessions that I offer can be short term or long term I do not put any time limits on sessions as everybody is different.
Level Five (Foundation Degree) HE Dip in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
Level Four in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
Level Three Diploma in Counselling Skills
Level Two Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level Two Certificate in Understanding Children and Young
People's Mental Health
Level Two Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Certificate in Trauma Informed Coaching
Certificate in Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
Certificate in Data Protection
Certificate in Lone Working
Qualifications I hold:
Fully insured and DBS checked.
Individual Member of the BACP
As a practitioner I provide a high standard of integrity, competence and care. I also follow strict ethical guidelines set out by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
I can offer face to face sessions and online sessions
See below why I went into counselling.
What made me decide to become a counsellor?
I haven’t always been a counsellor but it was something I always thought about. When I left school in 2005 I trained to be a dental nurse, I spent many years working as a dental nurse with time out in-between to raise a family. It was never a job I wanted to do, just something that happened and I had no ambition or desire to do anything else, I just settled. I never thought I would have ever gone to university and completed a degree, but here I am having just done that.
I have always been someone who has analysed and dealt with problems all on my own, however there was a time in my life where I felt I needed extra support and I sought personal counselling, I felt this really helped me to feel valued and understood.
When you can reflect and make realisations it is an amazing feeling, because that is when you can make changes and the real growth happens. Sometimes you just need that other objective perspective and look on things to really enable change.
This led me into really pursuing my dream to be a counsellor. I have always felt connected to people and a desire to understand their feelings and process of what they are going through.
I get a real enjoyment when I know people feel heard, appreciated and accepted for who they are, which enables individuals to grow and develop. It feels great knowing I am making a difference seeing them work through their confusion and gaining clarity or accomplishing their dreams. And finally I feel grateful that they chose me to help them on their journey to becoming.
So you now know a lot about my job, so below are a few things that I enjoy in my free time....
I love the outdoors, walking and exploring new places. I have also just bought my first touring caravan so are looking forward to a few holidays away next year using that.
I love animals as well, I have two dogs called Lola (toy poodle) and Lilly (Cocker Spaniel) and a fluffy cat called Neko.