Catherine Spence, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Catherine Spence

N16 English
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Catherine Spence, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Catherine Spence

N16 English
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My Approach

I tailor my approach to suit you rather than trying to fit you to a standard therapy script and I use only evidence-based techniques. My academic background included neurophysiology and the study of neuroplasticity which underlies all my techniques and approaches. I also have my own personal daily yoga and meditation practice which borrows heavily from compassion-focussed and mindfulness-based philosophies. I believe that with calm focus, self-compassion and a bit of time, we can all shift the neurological patterns that are our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships, so as to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

I often use hypnotherapy as well as psychotherapy tools, but not always. A typical session with me would be half spent talking about your week or your feelings, and then the other half in a deep relaxation session, during which we can walk through situations you find tricky, as well as learn to be more relaxed in body and mind. The relaxed state is also excellent for developing focus and directing your energies on areas of your life that you feel would benefit from that. We can also use lighter trance states to desensitise and reprocess feelings and memories from your past which are not yet resolved.

If you would like to try hypnotherapy, you will remain fully conscious and in control during hypnosis, and will not, under any circumstances, be made to cluck like a chicken! You may find, however, that change is surprisingly easy, once your subconscious is involved in the process. The trick is to find the sweet spot between relaxation and sleep, where your imagination is at its peak and you feel completely safe to explore new ideas. The positive associations that you form in this state will stay with you after the session.

Psychotherapy can help you explore your personality, attachment styles and boundaries so that you can better understand yourself in relationships, and to help you develop your communication and relating styles. 

I also offer trauma-informed therapy, such as EMDR (eye movement desentisation and reprocessing), where there is traumatic tension stored in the body. Bad experiences can cause us to shut-down or dissociate, or leave us in a high state of anxiety or panic. Therapy can help to release that so that you can move forwards with clarity and vitality.

My fees are £80 per session, which are normally 60 minutes but sometimes come to a natural end a few minutes earlier. You can arrange a free consultation via my website.
Please note I only work with individuals over 18.
My available hours are Monday - Friday, 11am to 7:30pm
Please note that I work from home and there is a cat here. He's normally asleep in the other room.

About Me

I'm an accredited and registered psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and mindfulness coach based in Hackney, London, N16. I combine hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, relationship problems, self-esteem or self-control issues

I have over ten years of experience and thousands of client hours, with high success rates of supporting clients to transform their lives and reach their goals.

I have a Master's degree from the University of Oxford in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology and an Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. I'm a full clinical member of the UK Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Society of Talking Therapies. I'm also a qualified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.

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.

Anxiety comes in many forms and responds well to hypnotherapy and relaxation exercises, as well as talking things through or desensitising old traumas.
Understanding our attachments and boundaries through psychotherapy can vastly improve our relationships
Learning good self-care habits and sticking to them can reduce stress levels from a busy life with many demands. Therapy can help you achieve your aims.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Hypno -Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Online Counselling
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

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


N16 9BJ
United Kingdom (UK)

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UKCP College

  • College of Outcome Oriented and Hypno-Psychotherapies (COOHP)
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