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Catherine Ghouse


I am an experienced, accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist specialising in evidence based psychological therapy for children and young people. I am also trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Rapid Desensitization Reprocessing).


I have training and experience in delivering evidence-based parenting programmes such as the Incredible Years Programme (Webster-Stratton) so can also offer parenting support and guidance.

Although I specialise in CBT for children and young people, I can also offer CBT sessions to adults.

What is CBT and how can it help?

I will work together with you to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and to enable you to work towards individual goals to bring about positive changes. CBT can help build resilience via developing new ways of coping. Although CBT attempts to understand someone’s difficulties in the context of early experiences, it usually focusses on the ‘here and now’, making connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to understand how these might be associated with and maintaining your current difficulties. I will support you to consider whether there are different ways of thinking which have a more positive impact on your feelings and to test out new ways of dealing with things to find out what works best for you. Sessions will also allow you the opportunity to more generally explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment to enable a better understanding of what is going on for you. CBT tends to be fairly short term (somewhere between 6 and 20 sessions is typical although this depends on a variety of factors) and sessions usually have a clear focus guided by your individual therapy goals as well as drawing on evidence from research about what works.

What I Can Help With

CBT has been shown to be particularly effective for anxiety (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and separation anxiety) as well as low mood/depression, difficulties with emotional regulation, low self-esteem and trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR is an alternative approach which can also help with processing difficult or traumatic memories that might be causing distress. More general emotional issues can be supported via CBT and we can work together to identify the main area of need. I can also support parents in managing their child’s behaviour or work with parents and children together to help support with mental health difficulties.


  • I previously worked within the NHS for over 20 years within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and then as a Clinical Tutor at Reading University training others in the use of CBT informed interventions. More recently, I had a role as the Clinical Lead and supervisor in a Mental Health Support Team working with schools in Oxford to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents in those schools.

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Reading).

  • Masters in Applied Social Studies, including Diploma in Social Work (Oxford University).

  • Post-graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children (Tavistock Clinic, London).

  • EMDR training.



  • Accredited as a CBT Therapist with the BABCP (membership no. 150124)

  • Professional registration as a Social Worker with the HCPC


  • From £100 per session (60 minutes)

  • Registered with some insurance companies, please enquire if you wish to go through private insurance

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