Therapeutic Counselling:

Catriona Watson PGDip MBACP

I am a qualified counselling therapist experienced in working with people dealing with change, transition and obstacles in their professional and personal lives and specialising in cross-cultural situations and challenges.

I offer a professional, non-judgmental space for you to be listened to with respect and empathy. I support you to explore issues at your own pace and in a way that feels right for you. When I work with someone, I think of what we might do together as ‘putting the big light on’: helping you to consider issues not as individual spot-lit problems but as a part of everything that you and your experiences comprise.

Common issues I work with include, but are not limited to:

  • Low self esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sexual and emotional abuse
  • Disordered eating
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Teens and young adults (including exam anxiety, boarding)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • The challenges of working in cross-cultural or expatriate environments

NHS and private practice

Alongside my own practice, I currently work with people accessing the NHS IAPT service in South London and with clients at a private practice based in Hove. I work in person, online and on the telephone to enable maximum flexibility for those who might need to work more fluidly week-to-week.

Cross-cultural experience and education

I have an extensive background in education and worked for many years across six countries, including the Middle East and Asia: from primary school teaching through working with asylum seekers and refugees on issues of cross-cultural communication, change and transition to cyber security training. These experiences subsequently led me to take an MA in Conflict, Security and Development. They also give me in-depth understanding of diplomatic and services' family life and the challenges that can present, including around boarding school.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am thereby bound by their ethical and professional standards.