Catherine Altson (MSc), MBACP Registered
I am a professionally qualified Integrative counsellor offering face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy in London Clapham SW4 and Kingston KT2.
We all experience difficulties at different times in our lives and sometimes it can help to talk to someone about it. My integrative approach means that I draw on several different schools of thought/philosophy, including psychodynamic, person-centred and existential approaches. However, I see counselling as being something that is relationship-driven (rather than theory-driven) and instead of applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to my clients, I try to find different ways of working with people based on their individual needs.
Over the past several years I developed my practice and gained experience working both privately and within the NHS. I have worked with clients who have been diagnosed with: anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma, and have worked with people struggling to come to terms with: abortion, adoption, physical/sexual abuse, bereavement and loss, anger management, drug abuse, self-harm, suicidal feelings, family and/or relationship issues and other emotional difficulties.
Different Approaches to Counselling
My journey as an Integrative Counsellor started many years ago; underpinned by my interest in people: our understanding of who we are in the world and how we choose to go about our daily lives. This unique, deeply personal experiencing is at the heart of my work and means that I work in a way that is specific to the needs of each individual I am seeing.
'Integrative' means that my training has incorporated several theoretical approaches:
- Person Centred
- Post-structural / Postmodern
As well as the one-to-one therapy that I offer in private practice, I have also gained experience working within the following settings:
- The South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust
- A community based Bereavement Service
- The Samaritans
I trained at the University of South Africa, Birkbeck University of London and University of Roehampton.
My qualifications include:
- MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling & Counselling Skills (Birkbeck University)
- BA in Psychology and Communication (University of South Africa)
- Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course (CRUSE, Acentis accredited)
I am a member of the following professional organisations:
- The Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP)
I have passed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency examination and am therefore listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists. This means that I am bound by their codes and ethical framework for good practice. I have professional indemnity insurance and attend regular supervision.