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 (although currently formally un-diagnosed, we are on the ASD assessment pathway) and she has, and is, helping me to better understand her neurodiverse world beyond my limited neurotypical one, 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 ablest, 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 Clinical 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.
I’ve spent 1000’s of hours inside the minds of women throughout all stages of womanhood.
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.
I am 100% committed to widening and deepening my knowledge through academic learning, monthly clinical supervision and CPD.
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
“Your infectious optimism; your zest for the joy in life; and your ardent faith in the very best in all of us, is truly contagious. When we started out together, your clinic branding was “bringing sparkle back”, and that’s truly no exaggeration. Your particular brand of sparkly magic saved my life – and for that, I will be forever grateful”
“Catherine isn’t just a psychotherapist, she genuinely offers life transforming change. I don’t say this lightly. Therapy isn’t just if ‘there’s something wrong’, it’s something EVERYONE should do. I can’t recommend Catherine enough. If you’re at a crossroads, feel stuck, fed up of anxious thoughts or just want to be doing more with your life. PLEASE get in touch with Catherine It will be the best thing you do.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart Catherine.”
“Catherine has been the guiding light I needed to get me out of my very negative dark hole. I can’t thank Catherine enough for everything, she has helped me to find a sparkle that I didn’t know I ever could have, I will be forever grateful for all of her support and guidance. Catherine is a truly sensational woman, her therapy has been life changing for me and I would recommend her to anyone who feels they need support and someone to talk to.”
“Thank you so much for the transformational journey you facilitated over the last 12 weeks. I came feeling broken, highly anxious, mildly depressed, tearful, angry and unhappy to now feeling I have my sparkle back. According to friends I even have a twinkle in my eye. You have a very practical, warm and instantly applicable approach which means tangible shifts from the outset of therapy.”
“Catherine was recommended to me by a close friend that knew I had been struggling. My friend had sung her praises and told me Catherine had changed her life. At that point in my life I had nothing to lose and would try anything to get out of the dark hole I was living unhappily in. That phone call to Catherine to make my first appointment changed my life, and I can’t thank her enough for helping me get myself back”
“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.”
“Working with Catherine was a brave step to really examine myself. It became the moment to change my future. I was struggling with my identity as a south Asian woman and Catherine compassionately created a space for me. She allowed me to see possibilities and helped me to see the courage that exists in all of us. It was so great working with you”
“Catherine’s female focussed, friendly and empowering approach to therapy helped me open up about my inner demons, relationships and overall feelings on life. After weeks of discussing triggers, personal goals and coping strategies, I now feel like I’m ready to face the ‘new normal’ with emotional awareness and a new found confidence that Catherine has helped me build during our weekly sessions.”
“Honestly, if I’d only had the option of speaking to a stuffy intellectual psychotherapist or a timid un-sparkly one I don’t think I’d have sought any help at all. I needed someone who inspired me themselves – so thank you. Thank you for your support. If I could afford to pay for this kind of support forever – I would! But I feel that now at least I know what I’m aiming for and I’m feeling so much more connected to myself again now after a very strange couple of years.”
“My experience with Catherine has been life saving, quite literally, before going on this journey with her, there were times when I was seriously considering ending it all. After years of suffering with depression, anxiety and OCD, getting it all out in the open, understanding the why of my thoughts and actions, having someone understand what I was going through, I have finally gotten to a place where it no longer controls my life, I’m in control now, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. Thank you for helping me to see the light again in what felt like a very dark world”
“I sincerely hope my appreciation for your help over our sessions is clear, I genuinely spoke from my heart for the first time in my life. Your understanding, openness, empathy, acceptance and colourfulness radiates from you and is inviting and endearing. I have found a new way to embrace who I am and accept where I am at this time in my life and as a result I can see a way forward that involves pleasing MYSELF not others. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you which in turn has kicked started my journey into finding me and rocking my boat.”
“Catherine has made me see my self in a completely different way! A year ago I sat in an armchair crying, doubting myself, questioning my own self-worth and constantly allowing others to treat me badly, putting those people before my own happiness. I was trapped in a negative cycle which I had been caught up in since suffering a huge loss in my childhood. In 12 months Catherine has made me realise I am an incredible woman who deserves good in my life!”