Catherine Underwood

Catherine Underwood

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
01455 841243

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Therapist - LEICESTER

01455 841243
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office

About me and my therapy practice

I have been a psychotherapist for 17 years supporting every age group and experienced a wide range of difficult issues. I was awarded the Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling in 2006 from the University of Leicester. I am an accredited and registered Member of BACP. Psychodynamic counselling is an approach that our behaviour and feelings as an adult are rooted in our childhood experiences. Our early experiences of how we are treated as children can be repeated in how others treat us as adults. Psychodynamic counselling is about enabling a client to make changes in their life by understanding the causes of their issues and the relationships that were formed in their early years.The counselling provides a safe place in which to explore past and present feelings and the meaning of past and current relationships.This type of therapy is particularly useful for people who have tried short-term counselling and CBT and still find they have the same relationship problems. People who find themselves repeating the same mistakes and relatiohship patterns may find psychodynamic counselling useful. I have also a lot of experience dealing with inner child issues where trauma, abuse and controlling behaviours are affecting how we relate as an adult to other people. Early traumas can lead to complicated PTSD giving symptoms similar to having bipolar or other mental health issues. As a child, our perceived lack of love from our carer and our decision that we are not lovable can cause us to form a false self leading to our wounded inner child contaminating and sabotaging our relationships as adults. I have worked as a school counsellor and have extensive experience dealing with complex issues suffered by young people. Many of the relationship issues presented are improved by learning communication skills and the abandoning of assumptions and preconceptions. Also offer couple counselling. Further information see

Practice description

You can expect a warm, genuine welcome from me on your first meeting. An assessment will be our first chance to get to know each other and an opportunity to address any anxieties you may have by asking me questions on the process we are about to travel on. I will hopefully enable you to feel that you have made the right decision to seek therapy from me.

My first session

The first session is an assessment, a time for me to obtain information from you about your reasons for referral and what your aims are. I will also want to know relevant personal and family background. It is also an opportunity for you to assess me and decide if you want to have me as your therapist for further sessions. The cost for the assessment is £20.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Integrative, Play therapy, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited