I support individuals and couples to live well.
I support you to negotiate your labyrinth of experiences and make sense and meaning from it.
I am informed by my studies in counselling & psychotherapy, creative practices, complementary health, anatomy & physiology including neuro-science, body work, behavioural patterns/conditions and my work-life learning.
I can work in a traditional seat to seat format or we can use methods that involve sand, objects, drawing materials, diagrams and body movement – this can be facilitated through video call.
The themes of my psychotherapeutic work have involved primary and secondary trauma to the individual, couples and families in many different formats.
Relational Trauma: Relational trauma is experienced, when we have been abused, neglected or have suffered.
I will work with you whether your relational trauma is from the experience of a child, spouse, family member or friend. You may have experiences that have affected your personal identity, your financial status, your home life/environment.
For whatever reason, our closest relatives/relationships may be unable to give us the emotional availability, attunement and attention we need. Relational trauma can also be related to an incident such as sexual, physical, emotional abuse, an accident or incident.
I support your distress with compassion and calmness.
You could also be wrestling with an inevitable death, your own or someone you know. I have experience of death in many forms and supported people to plan for their life ending.
Chronic Disease: (including oncology related disease, Cancers, Autoimmune Diseases, MS, Parkinson’s, Dementia/Alzheimers, Diabetes, Asthma.)
I support individuals to live well, especially when life has limitations placed on it due to symptoms related to the disease.
I can offer a soft place to fall when there are difficult decisions to adjust to.
Common question’s may include: How do I tell…? What do I do about funeral arrangements? I still want to go out, how do I manage that?
If you are a family member of a person you are watching change before your eyes. I am here for you.
Sensory Loss: I have a lot of experience supporting people with sight loss, hearing loss and neurological sensory loss.
Domestic Abuse: I am a domestic abuse champion for Norfolk. This means I have access to knowledge and current support to make an informed decision about each individual I work with and plan a package of immediate support.
I work with individuals who are in current domestically abusive situations and who are in a different place with their experience.
I can also offer advice if you are witnessing somebody in a domestically abusive situation.
Work related stress/trauma: I have been involved with many institutions and organisations at different levels of supervisory and management roles.
I have provided face to face supervision, team supervision, emergency support and mediation.
I have supported executives, directors, actors, single parents, the homeless, the culturally affected, children, parents, the endangered, people in crisis, individuals with complex needs, the person who believes their distress ‘isn’t as bad as’, the dying. It doesn’t matter to me who you are, if you need time and space. I can provide it.
More about me.
I have been working since I was fourteen.
Thirty years later I have collected lots of experiences and knowledge from my working life so far. A large majority of which have been working in different places with families who have a child with special educational needs or physical disability. From one to one situations, family homes, schools, hospitals to organisations.
Additionally, I have personal and professional experience of supporting people with mental health conditions, alzheimer’s, dementia, chronic health conditions and cancer from diagnosis, recovery to palliative care and end of life decisions.
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor. Qualifying in 2010 and obtaining a BSc (hons) in Integrative Counselling in 2011 and I am a registered member of the BACP.
I am currently doing extended training in Relational Psychotherapy at Masters level with the Minster Centre in London. A registered course with the UKCP and BACP.
Katy began her career as a nanny, then became a therapeutic nanny for children with additional needs branching into Maternity Nursing before becoming a Play Specialist in a hospital and Auxillary Nurse on a Special Care Baby Unit. In the middle of her career Katy supported students and families in Norfolk schools with their educational needs.
Katy is an experienced supporter of people with Autism wherever the person is on the spectrum and becoming a communications specialist in the process. When working with different brains Katy finds a dialogue that enables the person to make sense of their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
Later in her career Katy began training to become a psychotherapeutic counsellor to support others in negotiating life, themselves. Most recently running and developing a local low cost counselling service.
Katy has delivered local talks, developed and run workshops and groups and is looking forward to working with the local community to shape Catton Therapy into a respected local resource.