Catherine Cowie - here to understand
Endorsement from Jean Cumming MHSM, MEPS
Chief Executive, CRISIS :
"A therapeutic counselling relationship is formed at a time when you are probably at your most vulnerable. It is therefore critical to access trustworthy, safe support, and I will endorse only counsellors I have worked with for a long time whose professionalism, integrity and ethics I trust. I have no hesitation in recommending Catherine to you, and I wish you a speedy recovery from this difficult place in your life."
Find out about CRISIS by clicking.
Person-Centred - my 'way of being'
I am genuinely passionate about the benefits counselling can bring, and am endlessly fascinated by the unfolding changes I witness again and again in my clients. My work with clients is based on fundamental understandings that are at the heart of the person-centred approach. These include that each person's set of experiences is unique, and so therefore is each person's way of viewing and responding to the world. It has also been repeatedly demonstrated that being in a good relationship, one grounded in warm acceptance and accurate empathic understanding, can be releasing to the creative, developmental tendency innate to every person. As your counsellor I would do my utmost to offer you this unconditional, compassionate, tender way of relating.
My decision to train as a counsellor grew out of my earlier career as a further education Lecturer and Guidance Tutor. While working with students struggling to re-engage with education against the blocking pain of their personal circumstances, and even before knowing it had a recognised name, I'd experienced for myself the potency of the person-centred approach. Over and over the 'simple' intervention of deeply listening to and understanding my students proved astonishingly powerful in promoting their personal change.
While undertaking post-graduate study in Adult Guidance I found out that this way of effectively helping had already been discovered and described by psychologist Carl Rogers, the founder of the person-centred approach to therapy. The resonance I felt between Carl Rogers' findings and my own experience was so profound that I knew in my heart that progressing to full person-centred counselling training must be my next step.
I have worked with both women and men, with people ranging in age from being in their mid-teens to their late eighties, with individuals and with couples, and with people who come from a variety of backgrounds and personal belief systems. You can read about what sorts of issues brought these people to me by clicking here. The majority of my clients self-refer, though some are signposted to me by their GP or other healthcare professional, by their Employ Assistance Programme (EAP) provider or by word of mouth.
I work mainly in independent practice, valuing the freedom from restrictive policies sometimes imposed in institutional counselling settings. I have previously also had extensive experience at CRISIS Counselling, from whom I still receive client referrals.
Continuing Professional Development:
Code of Professional Conduct:
Ethical standards are important in promoting safe and professional counselling and psychotherapy practices. As a full, registered member of BACP I abide by their code of conduct which is designed to support a professional level of service that is in the best interests of clients, and the public at large.
Access to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy code of professional conduct: here