Catherine Barnes provides an empathetic safe space where clients can process difficult or painful thoughts and explore their feelings without fear of judgement. Experienced with CBT techniques she helps 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. Catherine also uses 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.
While therapy can be a place to talk about difficult things, she believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship as well as positive psychology. Catherine helps client’s achieve goals by focusing on individual strengths and realising their true potential by discovering their hidden resources. Catherine’s aim in therapy is to support clients in every way through their journey in life.
Growing up internationally with diverse heritage Catherine brings a unique perspective to her work as a therapist; she holds a BSc (Hons), and MSc in clinical psychology from Kingston University London. She has worked with clients presenting with difficulties including anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. She focuses on short term therapies as well as long term exploratory approaches for the treatment of both adults and children. With a PGDip in psychotherapy and researching philosophers such as Sartre, Heidegger and Nietzsche, Catherine has a unique therapeutic approach combining divergent approaches to treatment, uniquely targeting treatments to the individual client’s needs.
Catherine is also a member of the BPS conducting doctoral research in to the treatment of depression, she works with short and long term therapies within both in-patient and out-patient NHS services as well as in private practice at The Awareness Centre in Tooting.