Hello, I’m Catherine
This is a bit about me and my story, although we are so much more than our story’s.
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, 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 the depth or colour of the thread which may make the best pattern or shape. Therefore, we all need support and help in managing the challenges parenting brings. There may be some days, the weaving hurts or we are too tired to carry on but somehow we find something or someone arrives to help us through. Like you, I’ve experienced all the ups, downs, frustrations that go with being a parent. 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 very challenging times. The ramifications from the pandemic may vibrate for years to come. It’s hard not to feel powerless during this time, so let’s use this time to initiate win-win situations where we find common ground from a place of understanding.
I know one person can not change the world but believe we are all connected. We may not feel we have the “power”, however, we can all be empowered to act, “Home” can be the place to start. Let’s commit to teaching children a different sense of “power”. If our intentions come from a place of awareness, understanding, and compassion, the ripples of the action will continue to benefit 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 within that time. I was 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 but I am happy to share my experiences so far.
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 the portal to another world. I meditate and sit with a wide range of ” my thinking” and the beauty every day, in turn, this opens a space to meet the world with its many faces.
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:
- 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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