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".
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 an earlier career in Further Education as a Lecturer and Guidance Tutor. Over and over again when working with students struggling to re-engage with education the 'simple' intervention of deeply listening to and understanding proved astonishingly powerful in promoting students' personal change. And so even before knowing it had a recognised name, I'd experienced for myself the potency of the person-centred approach.
While undertaking post-graduate study in Adult Guidance I learned that this effective way of 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 somehow knew progressing to full person-centred counselling training must be my next step.
I have worked in private practice for around ten years, valuing the freedom this gives from the restrictive policies sometimes imposed in institutional counselling settings.
People of any gender are welcome to work with me. My clients have ranged in age from mid-teens to eighty years plus, and have come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and personal belief systems. You can read about the sorts of issues these people were concerned about 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 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider, or by word-of-mouth.
Continuing Professional Development:
Code of Professional Conduct:
Access the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of professional conduct: here . Ethical standards are important in promoting safe and professional counselling and psychotherapy practices and as a fully 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.