Warwickshire Counselling and Psychotherapy Services offer innovative and creative psychotherapy for children, young people and adults, both face to face at The Cloisters in Leamington Spa, and online.
Therapy is tailored to each individual to help them achieve their goals and find solutions to issues that may be impacting on the way they feel, behave, their lives and their relationships.
WCPS is run by me, Cat Healy, a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who works with a fresh and imaginative approach to psychotherapy. At the heart of therapy is the relationship between you; the client, and me; the therapist. When we work together as a team, we can achieve.
I have been working in the mental health arena for 12 years and have a high level of expertise in both mental health and learning disability.
Alongside running WCPS I have previously worked as a senior mental health practitioner and cognitive behavioural therapist for an NHS CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health services) service outside of the Warwickshire area. I am also a university lecturer, teaching counselling, psychotherapy and CBT at levels 5 and 6.
Prior to completing my foundation degree (FdSc) in counselling and psychotherapy (CBT) with distinction and my BA HONS degree in counselling (classification: First), I had worked for both the NHS and the charity sector, caring for and promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals with a variety of complex mental health and learning disability needs in both community teams, outpatient units and secure inpatient units.
I have undertaken additional training in the specialised areas of working with autism, schizophrenia and psychosis, personality disorders, OCD and trauma.
The training I received throughout my career, along with the experiences and relationships with clients and patients, gave me a solid grounding on which to develop more therapeutic skills in cognitive therapy. All of my work is informed by in depth understanding of developmental theories.
In early 2017 I co-developed a psychotherapy service within a local charity called Young People First, and held the role of therapeutic intervention coordinator for the organisation until 2021 when I made the decision to focus on developing other areas of my work. The service at YPF was reflective of my own desire to help the youngest within our community to have the opportunity to learn effective coping strategies and gain a true understanding of themselves as they develop, as well as an understanding of how they relate to others within the ever changing world and the unique challenges that childhood and adolescence can present.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work within their ethical framework, which can be found on the BACP website. I am also a member of the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists) and ACAMH (Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health). I am fully insured and am happy to provide evidence of this on request. I am also happy for clients to request to see a copy of my full DBS check, which includes all checks relevant to working with adults, vulnerable people and children.
As part of my BACP membership I am committed to ongoing development, and frequently undertake additional training in specific areas of cognitive therapy to keep my skills up to date and to provide the best therapy I can for my clients. I am currently studying a masters in psychoanalytic infant observational studies, (working with children, young people and families:a psychoanalytic observational approach).
I receive clinical supervision for all of my work which ensures that I work safely and effectively and am fully trained in safeguarding. I offer all of my clients the same confidentiality, so that they can be sure that they have a safe and non judgemental environment in which they can talk openly and discover new ways of viewing and understanding problems.