Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
+447972687790

Contact Catherine

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS5
+447972687790
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

Availability

I am available for a half-price Introductory Session from Mondays to Thursdays. You're welcome to give me a call for a brief conversation and to arrange an Introductory Session, or you can email me to let me know when you're available.

Most of my regular sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I'm likely to be with clients from 4-9pm on Mondays and 11am-2.30pm on Tuesdays, so you might not catch me then.

About me and my therapy practice

Sometimes we get stuck in life, we ruminate over our difficulties, or relive painful feelings. We lose touch with ourselves, or criticise ourselves. Something feels uneasy inside, or maybe just numb. Understanding what our body is trying to tell us, can help. I'm an experienced Person-Centred counsellor and my approach includes Focusing. I believe that somewhere inside, you know best how to right yourself. You can decide what we talk about in sessions and we will go at your pace. We might check in with your bodily ‘felt sense’ of situations in your life, so that we can gently listen to your body’s wisdom and let this guide your decisions. Noticing how the whole situation feels in your body can help you include different parts of you, and to make sure we are with the thing that really needs our attention. I have seen my clients become more in touch with their own sense of a situation, more accepting of themselves and their experience, and more self-determined and empowered. My approach can help clients to turn towards themselves with kindness and become more self-nurturing.

By offering you my warmth and presence and seeing you positively no matter what, I can help you look at your life and the underlying causes of problems. My approach suits an open-ended time frame. If you are nervous, let me reassure you that I am here, ready to meet you just as you are, and to listen to you in a way that helps you begin to feel more yourself again.

About Me: I have a Foundation Degree in Science in Person-Centred Integrative Counselling and a Certificate in Focusing. I am an Accredited Member of the BACP. I affirm diversity and will welcome you in a fair and inclusive way.

You are welcome to call me or email to find out more, or arrange a half price Introductory Session, where we can see if we are suited and arrange a time to begin our work together. I look forward to hearing from you.

Practice description

I offer remote counselling as a flexible approach to the pandemic. You can have counselling online using the video conferencing platform Zoom, with or without the video on, or by phone. You can choose which method of communication you prefer. This gives you flexibility over where and how your counselling takes place, with the benefits of reduced travel time and the convenience of being in your own space. You will need a place that is private and free from distractions. Zoom is a way for you to see me face-to-face from your computer or phone whilst having counselling. If needed, I can guide you through setting up your own encrypted Zoom account, and we will meet on Zoom at a time we have arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Being able to see me gives you more of the benefits you get from face-to-face counselling but with the convenience of online therapy. By talking, you hear my tone of voice, and by video you can also see my facial expressions; these are both ways I convey empathy to you.

Counselling usually takes place at a set day and time each week, which we will agree together. You can have as many or as few sessions as you like, unless arranged otherwise. I ask for a week's notice of when you plan to finish counselling. I ask for weekly payments to my bank 24 hours in advance of your session. Rest assured that counselling is strictly confidential, but I may disclose information in very limited circumstances, I'll tell you more about this beforehand. You can read how I protect your information in my Privacy Statement, which I can send you. I work with residents of England and Wales under the jurisdiction of the English courts

My first session

If you are happy with the information shared here, and would like to find out more, or start counselling with me, you're welcome to call or email me to arrange a half-price Introductory Session lasting between 30 and 50 minutes. This will cost £25, which you can pay in advance by bank transfer. Let me know in your email whether you would prefer to do this by 'phone or Zoom and also a range of times you’d like to do this. You can see my general availability in one of the boxes above, and I will confirm a specific time with you. 

In the Introductory Session, you can ask any questions, and tell me about your situation, and why you’d like to come to counselling now. I will go through my Counselling Agreement with you, and let you know more about how I work. We can then see whether we are suited and if so, arrange a time for your regular sessions to begin.

You might feel daunted by starting counselling, or you might want to get stuck in straight away. Either way, I will try and help you feel as relaxed as possible. You may want to decide in advance what to bring, or we can work with whatever is alive for you at the time. If you need a little help to get started, I can ask you some questions, or if needed, I can help you pause and take stock, so we can really hear what needs our attention. I will reflect back to you what you say in my own words, so you feel heard, and can move forward.

The beginning phase of counselling is often about us getting to know each other, and building a trusting relationship where you feel safe to explore aspects of your life that don’t always feel easy. I can reassure you that I’m here, ready to welcome you and give you a safe space to help you come home to yourself.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling