Hello, I’m Catherine
This is a bit about me.
I was born in Northern Ireland right at the beginning of the “Troubles”. Even though my family left to come to England when I was young. The seeds sown from my Irish culture had a lasting impact on all areas of my life. Both the home of my birth and the home of my heart have informed my life’s work. It rooted a commitment to shaping a world of understanding, compassion, peace, creativity, awareness, and equity.
I am human and a parent like you.
Being a parent is like weaving an ever-changing, unique, and connected tapestry. We are never sure of the depth of colour of the thread which may make the best pattern or shape. Therefore, we all need support in the daily challenges of parenting. There may be some days, the weaving hurts or we are too tired to carry on but somehow we find something or someone to help us through. Like you, I’ve experienced all the joys, ups, downs, and frustrations that go with being a parent. I’ve experienced therapy too, I know how it feels to sit in the chair opposite. We’ve all survived my mistakes from baby to adulthood, the threads between us are strong and vibrant.
This is now my full-time business. We are living in challenging times. The ramifications of the pandemic may vibrate for years to come. It’s hard not to feel powerless during this time, however, we can use it as an opportunity for growth.
I know one person can not change the world and I am not special. However, I believe we are all here to find meaning purpose and make a difference. We may not feel we have the “power”, however, we can all be empowered to choose moment to moment. “Home” can be the place to practice. If our intentions come from a place of presence, awareness, and understanding, the ripples of the action will continue to benefit our children and the whole.
I’ve worked as a clinician for 33 years. 31 years were within the NHS. 23 years of these were within CAMHS as a Specialist Clinician. I have extensive experience working across the 0-18 age range, offering assessment and interventions for most mental health disorders and complex emotional behaviour difficulties. I put on many hats during that time. I was the Lead Clinician for Children Looked After and Adoption for 16 years offering systemic consultation and therapy to children, carers, and professionals.
The parents and children who let me into their lives during my 31 years have been some of my greatest teachers. I feel honoured by the trust given by parents and children in my work. I know there is ALWAYS something to learn, however, I am happy to share my experiences so far.
“All you have is what you are, and what you give,” Ursula K. Le Guin
Other things you may want to know about me.
I am eternally curious about life and people. I love Arts and nature. I am very happy meandering around a gallery and through a forest. I enjoy being transported to other worlds through literature and Independent films. ( This is a big love).
I enjoy learning, having meaningful conversations with others who are different from me. I love to travel and I spent a lot of time in the East as a teenager. It opened a portal to another world. I have a daily meditation practice that enriches all aspects of my life.
I remain licensed as a Mental Health Nurse. My professional registration is with the NMC and adheres to the code of ethics of this organization. I have completed many other Post Graduate Pieces of training and shorter pieces of training such as CBT, advanced child protection, mindfulness, trauma work, and two evidence-based parenting programs, the Incredible Years and Solihull Parenting:
- Post Graduate Training in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
- Post Graduate training in Systemic Family Therapy
- Advanced level Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Advanced Counselling Skills and Theory
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