Hello, I’m 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 try to work  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 and parts of me. With 31 years’ experience in the NHS and 19 years working as a Highly Specialist Clinician in CAMHS. I’ve worked with many 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.

What Motivates Me?

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 32 years ago. Along the way, I trained in several other postgraduate therapies and as part of my training process, I’ve experienced the therapy process too. During the last year and a half,  I’ve been devloping a contemplative practice and trying my best with an Iyengar Yoga Practice too!

I am Human Too

As a mother, I understand from direct experience that parenting can be relentless sometimes. We all need support in handling the challenges parenthood can bring. I am the same as you, I’ve experienced all the ups and downs  from baby to adulthood. We all survived it with a lot more compassion and love.

I can honestly say that being a parent taught me so much. It shone a light to my experience of being ” parented”. 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-one years in the NHS. I am so grateful in so many ways for the experiences and learning it offered.

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 too.

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. I hope to share with you soon.

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

Thank you for reading this to support the wellbeing of you and your family.Join me on FACEBOOK and receive lots of sleep and parenting tips, up to date blogs and videos, join me at my workshops, or book a face to face consultation

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