Hi, I am Catharina.
In 1996 I received my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology (in South Africa; you will notice an accent if we meet). After many years of working in private practice, I am now working with the incredible team at The ACT Centre here in Adelaide.
I love pottering at home with my husband and three teens, and also enjoy bush-walking, quilting, reading, art, poetry.
People often ask me if I find my work depressing. In short, no… working as a team in therapy with my clients is an honour and a joy. In her wonderful book “Compassion-focused therapy for dummies” I think Dr Mary Welford puts it well when she says
I believe that personal practice is vital for any clinician. I attribute much of my wellbeing and my ability to engage with other people’s suffering to the application of this in my life.
… this is my belief and experience as well.
About my style of working
You’d need to ask the people I work with, but I am guessing that my style of counselling is gentle, action-oriented, results-focused. I can be a bit life-coachy at times.
I use evidence-based acceptance, compassion and mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioural therapies. These techniques have been found to be effective in treating a wide range of health and wellbeing struggles.
Both here and if we work together in therapy, you’ll hear reminders,
- to talk to yourself kindly
- that you have strengths and skills to offer the world, and that the world needs you – and you need you
- that you are not broken and you don’t need to be fixed: rather you are stuck in patterns that are not working for you
- that you are worthy and you are whole, just as you are,
…you can totally do this!
And you can.
We march at dawn 🙂
If you wish to book an appointment for individual therapy, please ring The ACT Centre on (08) 8363 1963. For more information on workshops please contact me using the form on the right.