Kate Heavey – BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. Qualified in Individual, Couple, Marriage and Two’s Counselling. Specialties – Relationships, Alcohol Addiction, Loss / Bereavement and Single-Session Therapy. Online Zoom, Skype and Phone Therapy in the UK + Worldwide.
Part of being human is that we can all be challenged with relationships and life events along life’s path.
The reasons I trained as a psychotherapist were twofold:-
A motto I adapted during my training was Gandhi’s ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’. For me, being a ‘glass half-full person’, I believe that change is available to all and leopards can change their spots. However, this is only if they want to.
I started Private Practice in 2017 and have not looked back since. I had spent 10 years at that point in the mental health and learning disability field and, previous to that, I had worked in administration and sales so all of my life, 35 years of work, I had been working in relationship centred on others needs.
Previous Counselling Experience
I worked as a volunteer counsellor at Sam Beare Hospice (Weybridge) where I counselled family members whose loved ones had been diagnosed with a critical illness and were on end of life care.
I volunteered at Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) where I supported men and women who are survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse (both historical and current).
Counselling Session Aims
I am a passionate accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
In every counselling session my aim is to work wholeheartedly to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. My focus in all of my counselling and psychotherapy work is to always work ethically and with good practice in mind.
My attributes are being friendly, passionate, encouraging, calm, understanding, empathic, sincere, caring, interested, fair, compassionate, non-judgemental, neutral, unbiased, committed, interactive, resilient, respectful and reflective.
BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist
BA (Hons) Degree Counselling – Greenwich University
FdSc Degree Integrative Counselling – Greenwich University
NCFE 3 – Counselling Skills Theory – Guildford College
NCFE 2 – Counselling (Helping) Skills – Guildford College
NCFE 1 – Interpersonal Skills – Guildford College
Additional Couple Qualifications
Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy – College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute (integrating Attachment Theory, Differentiation Theory and Neuroscience)
How to Work Safely and Ethically with Online Clients
Moving Your Practice Online (Online Therapy Institute)
How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (Open University and BACP course)
Additional Training and Workshops informing my work include: –
The Fundamentals of Working with Couples (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Working With Couples: Dealing with Affairs (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Communication and Difference (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Meeting Partner’s Needs (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Couples in Conflict (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Sex Arousal and Ageing (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Introduction to use of Attachment Theory When Working With Couples (International Attachment Network)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Workshop
Single-Session therapy (Maximising the effect of every therapeutic or coaching encounter, Windy Dryden)
Working with addiction: underlying causes
Recovery from Alcoholism (12 step program)
Addiction Informed Training (Dr Gabor Maté)
Relationships as mirrors of our trauma (Dr Gabor Maté and Esther Perel)
UK and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders
What’s wrong with porn? The rising prevalence of sex and pornography addiction (Paula Hall)
Working with obesity – looking at food addiction and binge eating disorder
Body Image: Skin, Identity, and the Gaze in Psychotherapy (Linda Cundy and Dr Nicole Schnackenberg).
Treating Shame, Tools and Techniques
Working with Shame (Sue Parker Hall)
Avoidant Attachment: Shame and Defences Against Intimacy (Linda Cundy)
Exploring Sibling Relationships with an Attachment Perspective
The Neurobiology of Shame (Dan Siegel)
Sexualised Trauma and the Window of Tolerance
The Body Keeps the Score: Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse (Christiane Sanderson)
Working With Survivors of Domestic Abuse (Christiane Sanderson)
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (Dr Janina Fisher)
Rewind Technique (David Muss)
Working with Ritual Abuse
Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse (Christiane Sanderson)
Understanding Coercive Control (Professor Evan Stark)
Attachment and Well Being (Sir Richard Bowlby)
Understanding and Working with Anxiously Attached Clients (Linda Cundy)
Perspectives on Interpretation: What makes a good interpretation in Therapy?
Internal Family Systems (Dr Richard Schwartz)
Effective Anger Management Tools for Working with Men
7 Keys for Working Successfully with Men in Therapy (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
Effective Anger Management Tools for Working with Men
Bereavement and Loss Models (Tonkins, Dual Process, Worden, Kübler-Ross)
Working with Grief (David Kessler)
Working with Bereaved Clients
Understanding Birth Trauma Workshop
Narcissism & Echoism
Mental Health and working with depression and anxiety
Mindfulness (8 week course)
Working with Dreams
Adapting Therapy for People on the Autism Spectrum
Working with ADHD
Working with Vulnerable Adults
Plus much more with on-going continued professional development (CPD) and clinical supervision. And, at times, my own counselling.
As a BACP member I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework which advises I have at least 30 hours CPD per year and a minimum of 90 minutes supervision a month (as a safe practitioner, believing there is much learning to do in this world, I exceed both requirements).
“Show me the girl and I will show you the woman. Show me the boy and I will show you the man. Meaning we are our backgrounds. Yet, through counselling, we can re-learn and become more secure within ourselves (and relationships).”
Kate – Relationship Counselling Online