Hello, I’m Catherine
Here is a bit about me.
I was born in Northern Ireland at the beginning of the “Troubles”. My family left Belfast when I was young. The seeds sown from my Irish culture had a lasting impact on all areas of my life. It forged a commitment to understanding and compassion while diving deep within.
Both the home of my birth and the home of my heart have informed my life’s work.
I am human and a parent like you.
As a parent, you are weaving a constantly evolving, unique, and interconnected tapestry. It is impossible to predict the depth of colour of the thread, which may create the best pattern or shape. Consequently, we all need support to cope with the daily challenges of parenting. There may be days when the weaving hurts, or we are too tired to continue, but somehow we find something or someone to help us.
Like you, I am human, and my life isn’t all sorted. I’ve experienced all the joys, ups, downs, and frustrations of parenting. All of us have survived my mistakes from babyhood to adulthood, and the bonds that hold us are strong and vibrant. I am well-acquainted with the therapy process, having gone through it myself.
Bristol Child Parent Support 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 unique. However, I believe we are all here to find meaning and purpose and make a difference. We may not feel we have the “power”; however, we can all be empowered to choose a moment to a 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 35 years. I have dedicated 31 years to the NHS, with 26 of those years spent as a Specialist Clinician in CAMHS. Throughout my career, I have gained extensive knowledge in providing evaluations and treatments for a variety of mental health disorders and challenging emotional and behavioural issues in children aged 0-18. I have worn many different hats during my time in this field.
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 the little I know so far.
Some Quotes to Ponder on:
“I am not what happened to me, and I am what I choose to become”. C.G. Jung
“Who looks outside, Dream. Who looks inside, Awake”. – Carl Jung
And, a poem by Kahlil Gibran, who had profound insights into parents’ relationship with their children
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet, they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor carries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
As living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Other things you may want to know about me.
I am eternally curious about life and people. I love arts and nature. I am 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, love to travel, and 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 organisation. 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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