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    Agoraphobia, Acute stress, Death, Financial, Generalised, Health, Panic attacks, Performance, Separation, Social anxiety disorder, Social phobia, Specific phobia, and Stress management

  • Depression

    Dysthymia, Major, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Pre and post-natal depression, Seasonal affective, Self harm, and Suicidal thoughts

  • Eating

    Anorexia, Binge and over eating, Bulimia, Night eating, Obesity, Pica, Purging, Restrictive food intake, Rumination, and Weight management

  • Identity

    Cultural / religious identity, Discrimination, Gender identity, Identity crisis, LGBTQ, Men's issues, Racial identity, Sexual orientation, and Women's issues

  • Mood

    Bipolar disorder, Cyclothymia, Disruptive mood dysregulation, and Hypomania

  • Relationships

    Abandonment, Affairs / infidelity, Attachment issues, Breakups, divorce and separation, Codependency, Communication difficulties, Cross cultural, Doubt in relationships, Intimacy, Marriage problems, Parenting related, Peer relationships, Premarital counselling, Rejection, and Same sex couple issues

  • Trauma

    Adjustment disorder and Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Anger

    Aggression, Anger management, and Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Personal

    Bitterness, Boundary setting, Childhood related, Confidence, Feeling lost, Goal setting, Guilt, Jealousy, Lack of focus, Life transition, Life coaching, Manipulative behaviour, Mid life crisis, Motivation, Nervous breakdown, Personal development, Self esteem, Shyness, Spirituality, Sports performance, and Victim mentality

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Catherine Barnes

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8 Years Experience

I provide an empathetic safe space where clients can process difficult or painful thoughts and explore their feelings without fear of judgement. This can be a place to process what has gone on and learn how the world is perceived uniquely by you and how this can influence your relationships and interactions with the...

8 Years Experience

I provide an empathetic safe space where clients can process difficult or painful thoughts and explore their feelings without fear of judgement.

This can be a place to process what has gone on and learn how the world is perceived uniquely by you and how this can influence your relationships and interactions with the world.

Experienced with CBT techniques I help to identify negative thought patterns and help clients to find a new way of viewing situations. Existential therapeutic techniques are also used to help her clients explore thoughts on their current and future life stages and goals. I further integrate theories of transactional analysis to offer clients a different perspective on relationships, as well as working psychodynamically to find links between client’s childhood experiences and current behavioural patterns.

Therapy can be a place to talk about difficult things, and I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship. I help client’s achieve goals by focusing on individual strengths and helping clients realise their true potential by discovering their hidden resources. My aim in therapy is to support clients in every way through their journey in life.

Training, qualifications & experience

About me:

Growing up internationally with diverse heritage I bring a unique perspective to my work as a therapist; I focus on short term therapies as well as long term exploratory approaches for the treatment of both adults and children. I have a unique therapeutic approach combining divergent approaches to treatment, uniquely targeting treatments to the individual client’s needs. I am also a member of the BPS conducting doctoral research in to the treatment of depression. I work with short and long term therapies within both in-patient and out-patient NHS services as well as in private practice.


I initially completed a BSc in psychology and MSc in clinical psychology where I worked with addictions, homelessness, social relationships and dementia. I used CBT techniques mainly at this time in working with client groups. Though these techniques can be extremely helpful I felt this approach was not appropriate for all presenting issues and clients, as each person is obviously unique and has a different way of learning and engaging with life. I then decided to continue with a PostGraduate Diploma in integrative psychotherapy looking at psychodynamic, existential and humanistic approaches to working with different presenting issues. I have also taken various professional development courses in different approaches and difficulties such as dream analysis, jungian therapy, family estrangement, emotional and psychological weight loss, trauma, time limited approaches, captivity, abuse and neuro-psychology and neuropsychological testing and assessment.

I have been working with depression and anxiety among other issues using a short-term approach within out-patient NHS services. I also work with patients on an in-patient unit in specialist tier 4 services working with severe trauma and self-harm I also help clients with a wide range of difficulties in private practice.

How the sessions work:

Sessions are 50 minutes. In the beginning we would use the first sessions to explore what the issue is for you and your experience of it while also developing the therapeutic relationship and making sure you feel comfortable. I believe in working together therefore I am transparent with my clients and will discuss every step with you. The way we choose to go with the work will also depend on whether you have had any sort of therapy before and if you found that approach working for you or not. Your plan depends on which way the issue presents itself, when it started and many other factors which we can work through together.


DPsych - Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology&Psychotherapy - New School of Psychotherapy&Counselling/Middlesex University (completion date December 2020).
PGDip - Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling&Psychotherapy - New School of Psychotherapy&Counselling/Middlesex University
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology - Kingston University London
B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology - Kingston University London

Continuing professional development training;

Eating disorders
Family Estrangement
Jungian Analysis
Dream Analysis
Emotional weight loss
Time-limited practice


  • (BACP) British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Solution Focused Brief SFBT
    • Schema
    • Coaching
    • Acceptance and Commitment ACT
    • Attachment / Relational
    • Compassion Focused
    • Cognitive Behavioural CBT
    • Psychodynamic
    • Transactional analysis
    • Humanistic / Person Centred
    • Existential / Phenomenological

Available via Video and Phone only

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