|Works with:||Individuals, Couples|
|Locations:||NHS Wandsworth, Low Cost Tooting|
Catherine Barnes provides an empathetic safe space where clients can process difficult or painful thoughts and explore their feelings without fear of judgement. Catherine is experienced with CBT techniques to help identify negative thought patterns and help clients to take a leap of faith to find a new way of viewing situations. She also uses existential therapeutic techniques to help clients explore their thoughts on their current and future life stages and goals. Catherine also uses theories of transactional analysis to offer clients a different way of viewing their relationships. As well as working psychodynamically to help clients find and make links between their childhood experiences and current behavioural patterns.
While therapy can be a place to talk about difficult things, Catherine believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship as well as positive psychology. Through unique coaching techniques such as goal setting, Catherine first focuses on the client’s individual strengths. Secondly, Catherine then helps the individual client realise their true potential in discovering resources they were unaware of. Catherine’s aim in therapy is to support clients in every way through their journey in life.
Catherine’s diverse heritage brings a unique perspective to her work as a therapist. Having been raised in Nigeria, Catherine has had a firsthand experience and understanding in dealing with the negative consequences of endemic poverty and social injustice. Thereafter Catherine’s education continued upon her return to England where she completed her Bachelors with honours as well as her masters degree in clinical psychology from Kingston University in London. During this period, she worked with clients presenting with difficulties such as anxiety, dementia, and depression, as well as addiction, and homelessness. This additional clinical experience allowed her to use focused short term therapies as well as long term exploratory approaches for the treatment of adults and children. These exploratory approaches have become an integral part of her doctoral training. Additionally, in studying philosophers such as Sartre, Heidegger and Nietzsche, Catherine is taking a unique therapeutic approach combining two divergent approaches to treatment. Catherine realises that treatments must be uniquely targeted to the individual client’s needs.
Catherine is a Doctoral level trainee counselling psychologist, as well as an existential psychotherapist and a member of the BPS. She works on a short term basis with NHS patients at a GP surgery in Wandsworth as well as on a long-term basis at The Awareness Centre in Tooting. Catherine is currently working towards UKCP accreditation.