Hello there, I’m Catherine, and this is my storyAbout Catherine

I am a Child and Family therapist and trainer. I specialise in the under 12s, working in my private practice, in workshops and face to face consultations.

In my practice, I am working to answer the question:

“How we can create a better-connected society to raise confident and secure children in order to prevent mental health issues now and in the future”?

To respond to that question, my website, workshops, and face to face appointments are reflections and expressions of my life’s work. With 30 years’ experience in the NHS and 19 years working as a Highly Specialist Clinician in CAMHS, I have worked with thousands of clients with complex trauma, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I know there is always something to learn but I am happy to share my experiences so far.

I believe we all strive to live meaningful lives. I’ve always been motivated by meaning and understanding. I am northern Irish and was born into the “troubles” It is not just by chance I started training as a mental health nurse 30 years ago, and along the way, I trained in several other postgraduate therapies and as part of my training process, I’ve experienced the therapy process too. As a mother, I understand from experience that parenting is difficult and we all need support in handling the challenges parenthood can bring. Like you, I am human too. I’ve experienced all the ups and downs, highs and lows from baby to adulthood. I can honestly say that being a parent taught me so much, don’t you think that parenting could be about what they bring to us as well as what can bring and hold for them?

My Mission:

I founded Bristol Child Parent Support five years ago; it is now my full-time business following thirty years in the NHS. Nothing can take away the learning, pride, and memories of that time.

I know parents who develop strong, connected and secure relationships are more likely to raise a confident, secure and happy child. Self-assured and securely attached children are less likely to have mental health problems and more likely to benefit society in the longer term.

Facts on anxiety in the UK:

•   “1 in 10 young people experience a mental health disorder (Green et al., 2005)”

•   “Increase in the prevalence of mental health problems at 16-19 (Singleton et al., 2001)”

•   “Over half of all mental ill health starts by age 14, and 75% develops by age 18 (Murphy and Fonagy, 2012)”

I know I can’t change the world but I want to offer something, even though it may be small and from a humble place. In these challenging times,
the most important step we can take is to act from a place of love, kindness and
connection. Please contact me to share, learn, and connect for better relationships within your family and society!

Join me at my Workshops or a Consultation.


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 programmes The Incredible Years and Solihull:

  • 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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