About Me

We all have a story

This is what I've always wanted to do and be, however it took me until my mid 30's to take that leap of faith and set up in private practice.

After graduating with a degree in psychology and sociology, I then had a 12+ year career in Local Government Policy and Research, along with a good few years leading on National Strategy in the NHS and heading up Transformation for a large acute NHS Trust - all the while bringing up my daughter, who is now an adult herself.

It's fair to say that I've experienced *quite* a lot in my 40+ years - I am a therapist who has experienced life and trauma and adversity, and it’s those very experiences that have gifted me my strength, and that have filled me up with compassion.

I've been a young single parent, and now I’m a parent navigating life in the blender that is blended family life, and I’ve embarked on motherhood all over again so have 4 children across the age spectrum from 4 years old to 20 years old.

My eldest daughter gave the 21-year-old me the gift of motherhood – and with it a purpose and focus in my life at a time when I needed it more than ever. She has been my driving force and, now an adult herself, is also my best friend.

She has bipolar, and whilst it's been an ongoing battle getting her the support she needs, her diagnosis has meant a treatment plan - which without a doubt has saved her life.

Her diagnosis has helped me understand more about mental illness, and made me acutely aware of the stigma that still exists - she makes me so proud every day.

My 4 year old is autistic - diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and she has, and is, helping me to better understand her neurodiverse world, which in turn helps me to support and advocate for her in a system that is beyond complex, and in a society that operates from an overwhelmingly ableist, neurotypical perspective.

Back in 2014 I made the decision to change career and studied alongside working full-time to qualify as a psychotherapist.

By late 2015 I had created my ‘Bringing Sparkle Back Therapy’ as a judgement free space, full to the brim of compassion. It was my solution to something I had been looking for all my adult life but had yet to find.

Since then, I've been a part of hundreds of women’s stories with some pretty epic transformation stories along the way, and I've embarked on further study with a Masters in Psychology, which I hope will propel me onto further PhD study in Psychology in 2022.

I'm forever grateful to the women who have sat in the dark with me, and put their faith in me to guide them to bringing sparkle back.

The women who were brave enough to say ‘I need some help to help me understand me’.

These are some of the most inspiring and courageous women I have ever met.

This is my passion and my speciality.

My Work

Why work with me?

I can confidently say that there is no-one else like me. My award winning approach is unique. It's a rich tapestry of my unique lived experience, my knowledge and the woman I am.

Experience

I’ve spent 1000’s of hours inside the minds of women throughout all stages of womanhood.

Trusted

I am licensed to practice as a Psychotherapist, a Fellow of the National Council Psychotherapists. (NCP) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Proven Track Record

I have worked with 100’s of women in my 6 years in Private Practice with epic transformation stories.

Dedicated

I am 100% committed to widening and deepening my knowledge through academic learning, monthly clinical supervision and continued professional development.

Approachable

I am full of compassion and operate from a space of ‘no judgement’.

This is my passion, and it’s my speciality.

My Evidence Bank

“I have known Catherine for several years.  Even from the very start of her training she has inspired me with her style, sense of purpose and humility.  I have watched almost mesmerised, but not surprised by her rise to the very top of the Psychotherapy profession. Almost unheard of was her award of a Fellowship of the National Council of Psychotherapists in no more than four years of private practice.”

“We invited Catherine to join our workshop as an expert speaker and she spoke from her personal and professional experience with great authority, compassion and clarity. She understood immediately what we wanted to get out of the session and worked closely with us to deliver an inspiring and enlightening interview. The client team thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her experiences, and many new understandings and ideas arose from this piece of work.”