Benet Catty, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Benet Catty

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Benet Catty, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Benet Catty

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My Approach

I offer a completely non-judgmental environment in which we can discuss and explore whatever you need, however large or small, clear or abstract, intimate or public your challenges are. I consider the relationship that develops between us as an important element to our time together, as through this we can wonder how your other relationships work (or don't), and how we can use ours as a template for the change you seek.

I feel that my key role is to help my clients to integrate their thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour into a cohesive whole so that none of these are acting against each other, as perhaps they are at the moment.

To do this I am interested and alert to how each of those ingredients present themselves in our sessions: how you feel about your story, how you behave in response to your challenges, how your body reacts to the things we discuss in the room.

Together we will piece together the clues that these reactions (or lack of reactions) represent, and see what is blocking you from having the life you really want. And we'll work out how best to pursue it.

About Me

I have now conducted over 4,700 therapy sessions, variously in private practice, for a drama school counselling service I founded and ran for 5 years, a university counselling team (2 years), and a low cost service (2 years).

I'm a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist, following six years of training at the Minster Centre, one of Europe's leading centres for integrative psychotherapy. From there i received a diploma, an advanced diploma and a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have very extensive CPD (specialist) training in various areas of treatment, particularly related to trauma.

Prior to my working as a therapist, I was a freelance theatre director for 18 years, directing eighty productions on the London fringe, on tour, at the Edinburgh Festival and for several leading drama schools. I was also a playwright and lighting desiger. I bring some of my creative instincts into my work as a therapist when it feels appropriate, as a means to gently help some clients to connect with their challenges and maybe even to practice developing some solutions.

I work with

  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have worked extensively with abuse, both historic/childhood and present-day. This has included sexual, emotional and physical abuse. I have also trained in each of those areas. I think it is crucial, when dealing with such delicate and often unprocessed material, to work at my client's pace; to allow our working through those experiences to be completely based on consent and respect which was, sadly, not present during the original abuses. Included in this is facilitating the client to find their own language for what happened to them and not to seek to impose labels which may not feel appropriate for them.
Often people come to see me for therapy who feel a generalised stress or depression but do not know what causes or stimulates it. Because it has been long-lasting and seemingly 'general' it can feel incredibly hard to address it. "Maybe it's just how I am", some people wonder. I don't believe that; I think that anxiety is often a way of protecting us from something even worse but less accessible. It's as if we say to ourselves "Feeling constantly nervous or lying awake worrying maybe awful but at least it's not THIS". I'll help you access what the mysterious "this" is, and see how we can safely unlock that tension and start to reduce your levels of anxiety.
I have worked extensively with eating disorder and body issues (including anorexia and bulimia). These challenges were especially prevalent when I set up and ran a counselling service at a major drama school for nearly five years. Whatever your issue with food I will help you understand what it means for you. We will wonder together whether your issue is with food or your relationship with your body, or whether it has a deeper relevance for you (perhaps control or protection). If we can understand what is causing your issue, we can better explore how to help you overcome it.
I have worked extensively with women and men who have experienced sexual abuse - sometimes very recently, often a long time ago. Many or most people find it incredibly hard to talk about it as it can feel enraging, distressing, humiliating or terrifying. When I work with someone who has had these awful experiences, I consider it essential that everything we do or say is gentle, consensual and at a pace that the client can manage. It's not possible to pretend that such a horrible experience never happened; but it is very possible to be able to manage it better and it not to cast such a shadow over your life. That's what I can help you with.
Many life experiences can have a traumatising effect, ranging from family circumstances; experiences of anger, punishment and pressure; and inherited depression through to accidents, illnesses and tragedies. Sometimes we can react in a traumatised way without fully knowing what the root of it was at all. In each of those examples - all of which I have worked with extensively - I work with what the client is able to share and how they're able to process. Sometimes this means expressing and understanding the original trauma, sometimes the focus is more on its present day impact. Usually it is a blend of both. However difficult it was for you to experience, or frightening to think about expressing, I am ready to hear whatever you feel able to tell me.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family
  • Obsessions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy


125 Hanley Road
N4 3DQ
United Kingdom (UK)

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(Introductory Session £60:
20% discount)


Concessionary spaces are sometimes available for daytime appointments for students or those on low incomes.

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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