• Professional counselling and psychotherapy for couples
    and individuals

  • Professional counselling and psychotherapy for couples and
    individuals

Welcome to Catherine Clay
counselling and psychotherapy

My practice is founded in existential and relational theory, which means that I approach all clients with compassion and without judgement.

How I can help

You may read this because you feel overwhelmed, in free fall, and you don’t know where to turn. Or maybe life is generally ok, but you are looking to understand some of your behavioural patterns or choices better? Perhaps there is tension or conflict in your relationship, and you would like some help moving forward?

Whatever your reasons for visiting this page, I am here to help. I work with individuals and with couples, face to face or via telephone or Zoom.

Get in touch via e-mail, text or call me, and we can either chat through what you are looking for, or book a time for you to come and see me for a free initial session.

Individual Therapy

Many clients come to see me because they are struggling with specific issues, such as needing help to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. Many others seek the support of a therapist because they are frustrated with aspects of their lives. Whatever your reasons for considering seeing a therapist, therapeutic work is about creating a safe space where you can trust me to hear you without judgment or rejection.

The relationship between therapist and client is unique because it lacks the agenda that naturally exists in our ordinary relationships with family and friends. As a therapist I am exclusively concerned with you and your wellbeing and growth.

Couples Therapy

Relationships are hard, and sometimes it is very difficult to see the road ahead. As a couples’ therapist, my client is your relationship. That means that it is not my role to take sides, or to referee. Neither is it my goal to “save” your relationship. Instead, my aim is to create a space for you both where you can be heard and understood, so that you can ultimately make the right decisions for you.

Often the couples I see love each other very much and are committed to working though tensions or conflicts. Many times one party is more committed to therapy than the other, and that is fine. My role is to enable your dialogue and to help you both explore and express what you want and what you need.

Pre-marriage Counselling

This package of three 60 minute sessions is for couples who want to give their marriage the best possible start. Why not gift it to a special couple that you care about? Every relationship comes under pressure periodically and these sessions help prepare you both for those times; providing practical tools to help couples navigate difficulties together and come out stronger on the other side.

Pre-marriage counselling is about exploring what makes your relationship work for you, and how you both support and value each other. It is a positive and enjoyable process, and invariably seen by clients as a worthwhile investment.

Separation Counselling

A relationship coming to an end is often a complex and painful experience. Whatever the reasons for parting ways, both parties will benefit from being able to walk away without (or with less) animosity, hurt, guilt or bitterness. Counselling will help you hold on to and value the parts of your shared story that were good and meaningful, and to accept the parts that were not. The aim is to allow you both to move forward in a positive way, so that you not be held back emotionally by pain or anger.

If you have children together, you will likely remain in each other’s lives in a regular and tangible way. For most parents, the wellbeing of their children is their highest priority, and counselling for co-parents post separation will aid you in establishing new boundaries and redefining your relationship. As a member of Resolution, I am committed to constructive and non-confrontational practices, and the basis of the work will always be the respect for each individual’s autonomy and choices.

Group Training

If you would like someone to talk to your staff, students or members of your organisation about mental health and wellbeing, I offer 1, 2 and 4 hour training sessions on topics such as:

– Managing work and life balance
– Mental health awareness
– Stress in the workplace
– Bereavement through suicide

All areas are considered so please get in touch to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Welcome to Catherine Clay counselling and psychotherapy

My practice is founded in existential and relational theory, which means that I approach all clients with compassion and without judgement.

How I can help

You may read this because you feel overwhelmed, in free fall, and you don’t know where to turn. Or maybe life is generally ok, but you are looking to understand some of your behavioural patterns or choices better? Perhaps there is tension or conflict in your relationship, and you would like some help moving forward?

Whatever your reasons for visiting this page, I am here to help. I work with individuals and with couples, face to face or via telephone or Zoom.

Get in touch via e-mail, text or call me, and we can either chat through what you are looking for, or book a time for you to come and see me for a free initial session.

Individual Therapy

Many clients come to see me because they are struggling with specific issues, such as needing help to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. Many others seek the support of a therapist because they are frustrated with aspects of their lives. Whatever your reasons for considering seeing a therapist, therapeutic work is about creating a safe space where you can trust me to hear you without judgment or rejection.

The relationship between therapist and client is unique because it lacks the agenda that naturally exists in our ordinary relationships with family and friends. As a therapist I am exclusively concerned with you and your wellbeing and growth.

Couples Therapy

Relationships are hard, and sometimes it is very difficult to see the road ahead. As a couples’ therapist, my client is your relationship. That means that it is not my role to take sides, or to referee. Neither is it my goal to “save” your relationship. Instead, my aim is to create a space for you both where you can be heard and understood, so that you can ultimately make the right decisions for you.

Often the couples I see love each other very much and are committed to working though tensions or conflicts. Many times one party is more committed to therapy than the other, and that is fine. My role is to enable your dialogue and to help you both explore and express what you want and what you need.

Pre-marriage Counselling

This package of three 60 minute sessions is for couples who want to give their marriage the best possible start. Why not gift it to a special couple that you care about? Every relationship comes under pressure periodically and these sessions help prepare you both for those times; providing practical tools to help couples navigate difficulties together and come out stronger on the other side.

Pre-marriage counselling is about exploring what makes your relationship work for you, and how you both support and value each other. It is a positive and enjoyable process, and invariably seen by clients as a worthwhile investment.

Separation Counselling

A relationship coming to an end is often a complex and painful experience. Whatever the reasons for parting ways, both parties will benefit from being able to walk away without (or with less) animosity, hurt, guilt or bitterness. Counselling will help you hold on to and value the parts of your shared story that were good and meaningful, and to accept the parts that were not. The aim is to allow you both to move forward in a positive way, so that you not be held back emotionally by pain or anger.

If you have children together, you will likely remain in each other’s lives in a regular and tangible way. For most parents, the wellbeing of their children is their highest priority, and counselling for co-parents post separation will aid you in establishing new boundaries and redefining your relationship. As a member of Resolution, I am committed to constructive and non-confrontational practices, and the basis of the work will always be the respect for each individual’s autonomy and choices.

Group Training

If you would like someone to talk to your staff, students or members of your organisation about mental health and wellbeing, I offer 1, 2 and 4 hour training sessions on topics such as:

Managing work and life balance
Mental health awareness
Stress in the workplace
Bereavement through suicide

All areas are considered so please get in touch to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Get in touch

Your work, your time

I work with clients in a comfortable and private space located centrally in Princes Square in Harrogate. It is easily reached by foot from train and bus stations, and there is parking nearby if you prefer to drive. I also provide counselling over the telephone and via Zoom to many clients, if you prefer this way of working, just let me know.

I am open to discuss session length and frequency, but I commonly work in 50 minute sessions once a week. These sessions are priced at £50 for individuals and £65 for couples.

Your work,
your time

I work with clients in a comfortable and private space located centrally in Princes Square in Harrogate. It is easily reached by foot from train and bus stations, and there is parking nearby if you prefer to drive. I also provide counselling over the telephone and via Zoom to many clients, if you prefer this way of working, just let me know.

I am open to discuss session length and frequency, but I commonly work in 50 minute sessions once a week. These sessions are priced at £50 for individuals and £65 for couples.

Testimonials

“With Catherine I felt listened to, and understood. When I have needed it she offered suggestions but mostly I have just felt free to explore how I really feel about the things happening in my life. It felt good not doing it alone.”

“The sessions with Catherine helped me see our issues in a different light. I could be honest with myself and with my husband. We had stopped talking somehow. We are stronger now. Therapy made a big difference for us.”

Testimonials

“With Catherine I felt listened to, and understood. When I have needed it she offered suggestions but mostly I have just felt free to explore how I really feel about the things happening in my life. It felt good not doing it alone.”

“The sessions with Catherine helped me see our issues in a different light. I could be honest with myself and with my husband. We had stopped talking somehow. We are stronger now. Therapy made a big difference for us.”