Kate GrahamIntegrative psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Kate, and thank you for looking at my profile. I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and an experienced coach. I offer both short term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy, depending on your needs and interests, working both online and in my welcoming consulting room in Ilkley. I also offer supervision. I am passionate about helping people grow and connect with themselves, and I know from my own experience of therapy that this is both a wonderful and difficult journey.
I have helped people work through issues such as
Loss and bereavement
Anxiety and depression
Loneliness and relationship issues
Sexuality and identity
Life purpose and direction
Why might you come to counselling or therapy? Some people come because they feel stuck, things are going wrong, or something has happened that is deeply upsetting or hard to cope with. Other people may be drawn to seek support for feelings that are much less clear, where there seems little reason to feel that life is a struggle, but something is not quite right. Others come to find out more about themselves and to find a new direction in their lives.
You do not have to have a clear reason for coming, nor a particular idea of what you would like to gain from therapy: part of our work together can be to help you clarify this.
My aim in working with you is to help you explore what you are really feeling, to understand more of your life, events that have happened, and the choices you make, so that you have more space to make choices that are positive and constructive. Many of us are restricted by beliefs that other people have instilled in us, and many people use therapy to assess these and their continued relevance, and to select the beliefs about themselves that they wish to take forward.
You may be wondering if there is any difference between therapy and counselling. I offer both a short term problem focused approach, which I would term counselling, and longer term, open ended work allowing deeper long standing change, which I would call therapy. I am happy to work with you in what ever form you need, and to start with a short term focus to address immediate problems before deciding whether to work further together.
Research shows that psychotherapy is highly effective in addressing many forms of mental distress and illness including severe depression.
My practice is based in Ilkley and is easy to reach by train and road from Leeds, Bradford, Bingley, Balidon, Guiseley, Saltaire, Menston, Skipton, Harrogate and much of West Yorkshire. I also work online, usually after at least one face to face meeting.
I am fully insured and receive regular supervision from a highly experienced psychotherapist and trainer. In addition to my private practice, I currently work with refugee children as a psychotherapist for Solace Surviving Exile and Persecution, a charity that provides psychotherapy and support to refugees and asylum seekers suffering mental ill health in Leeds and Bradford.
Before training in psychotherapy I worked in the voluntary sector for nearly twenty years, in a varied career that took me to many countries, including living in Kenya and Ethiopia. I have learnt a great deal from these experiences and bring this learning to my practice.
I love being outside and attempt each year to grow vegetables, some with more success than others.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
I offer a 20 minute online taster session. After this I currently charge £45 per 50 minute session. If your income has been affected by COVID 19 shutdown I offer a sliding scale between £35 and £50. The full fee is chargeable in the event of cancellation with less than 24 hours notice.
Training and qualifications
I am a full clinical member of UKCP. This mean I have met their stringent entry standards through four years of advanced study and am bound by their ethical code, holding a diploma as an Integrative Psychotherapist. Prior to this I have trained extensively in NLP and am a qualified Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer, as well as an NLP Coach.
I have recently completed training as a supervisor to UKCP standards and am taking on new supervisees online. I am a trained mediator and hold a postgraduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.
I am committed to learning and professional and personal development, in order to provide the best service possible to my clients. Recent training includes a five day intensive course in working creatively with children and young people, and I take part in a regular CPD group specialising in working with people on the autistic spectrum.
- I am a full clinical member of UKCP and am bound by their ethical code which you can find here
- I am fully insured and recieve regular supervision from a highly experienced psychotherapist and trainer
- I am committed to learning and professional and personal development, in order to provide the best service possible to my clients