Meet the Therapist: Kate Simpson
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I love people’s stories.
Where did you train?
Wealdon Psychology Institute, East Sussex.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
Transactional Analysis, it is relational, and uses very clear simple language. The emphasis is on the therapeutic alliance, the healing relationship between client and therapist. I also use meditation and visualisation to help emotional regulation.
How does transactional analysis help?
TA psychotherapy helps identify patterns of behaviour. Once these are identified the client can choose if these patterns serve them. If not we work together to effect change. Meditation helps with here and now emotional regulation.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I am an anxiety specialist. I see adults.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I like watching people grow and change.
What is less pleasant?
Helping those who want to end their lives. The responsibility is huge.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I am very new. I’m looking forward getting to know the community.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
The Calm app.
What you do for your own mental health?
I have regular supervision. I am a practicing Buddhist, I meditate regularly, and enjoy the outdoors.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
The value for money it offers when you change your life. It’s such a good investment. All trained therapists have had to have long-term therapy.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
To believe in myself. I can change my limiting beliefs. I am intelligent.