I am Catherine Cooke, an accredited Counsellor with a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Strathclyde. I came to counselling with an honours degree in Psychology and my theoretical knowledge forms the foundation for the work I do in the counselling room. For me, being a therapist is a privileged opportunity to work with clients as they explore their themselves and seek to make meaningful change.
I have provided counselling in various settings ranging from medical practices and sexual health clinics to the voluntary sector and secondary schools. I have experience in working with the many different issues that bring clients to counselling including stress; bereavement and loss; self-harming; depression; relationship issues; family difficulties; trauma and abuse.
I have specialist training and experience in working with trauma, sexual abuse, attachment, systemic family therapy, bereavement, young people and play therapy. I am also trained to Level Two Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
I am a qualified supervisor providing supervision and support to counsellors, psychotherapists and organisations. I enjoy the collaborative and engaging nature of supervision work and the challenge to both support and learn from supervisees.
As required of all therapists, I undertake regular supervision of my own practice with another experienced counsellor to reflect upon my work. I attend continued training throughout the year in order to ensure that my practice is up to date, informed and supported by current research.
I am registered as a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP and I adhere to its ethical framework for good practice. I am a Trustee on the Board of SAIA due to my keen interest and investment in attachment based practice.