Dip Couns, Reg MBACP
About Katie Woods
Katie is a qualified and compassionate Person-Centred Counsellor. Experienced in working with young people in a variety of settings such as school, college and youth centres.
Having experienced trauma first hand when she was 14 years old, Katie understands the importance of having the right help and support through the difficult times and so this is where Katie’s passion lies.
Talking about painful and difficult subjects can be daunting and uncomfortable. It takes courage and strength to share this. Katie offers a safe and supportive space, taking time to build trust and honesty. Katie works from the Person-Centred Approach which means no advice will be given and Katie won’t push or pull you in any direction. Katie will go at your pace.
The therapeutic relationship between you and Katie is key. To have someone who you are able to relate to is extremely valuable.
Katie also works creatively, using Person-Centred Expressive Art Therapy. This can be beneficial in allowing us to freely express our feelings when we don’t have the words to explain. Art therapy is your choice and can be used for whole or part sessions. This can be discussed in more detail depending on your preference.
It is your space be true and open, to try and understand what and why you are feeling this way. This in turn can help to restore your calmness. Katie believes the Person-Centred approach is the best tool to rebuild trust in yourself, and allow you to ultimately become your true self.
Katie has worked with young people with all levels of mental health difficulties:
- Self harm
- Suicidal thoughts/intentions
Working with clients who are suffering from :
- Low confidence and self esteem
- Loss and Grief
- Personal development
- Difficult relationships
Katie has a proven ability to work with hard to reach and vulnerable clients. Empathy is very important to Katie. Katie acknowledges that everyone is different and strives to understand each individual.
Katie is also trained in suicide first aid ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and has trained to volunteer with NSPCC which adds to my professional development and knowledge of current issues for young people and how to keep adults/young people people safe.
Katie is a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work in accordance with the BACP Ethics and guidelines. Katie also holds a current enchanted DBS disclosure.
Please note that clients need to be 14 years old and above.
Young people under the age of 16 require parental consent. A parent or guardian must attend the first sessions with the young person to complete any relevant paperwork and ask any questions you may have. Katie understands the importance of meeting the person who will be working with your child.
Young people over 16 do not require parental consent and sessions are confidential unless a safeguarding issue should arise. In this case the parent/ guardian would be notified.
Appointments can be made out of school/ college/ university hours and Saturdays, if required, to avoid disruption of educational commitments.
If you would like to know more about myself or what to expect, then please visit my website: https://katiewoodstherapy.co.uk/