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Catherine Lawrence; a smiling woman in early 50s wearing bright cardigan and dungarees

What I love about my job


I love coming alongside people and helping them connect more deeply with themselves, seeing how this can help them feel more grounded and calmer and with more direction about what they want to happen next.

I love building a relationship where people feel validated and seen and helping them learn skills so they can better manage their difficulties and create a life that represents the real them.

Person-centred counselling is all about coming alongside you in solidarity. With a background in Social Anthropology, I spent years in the UK, Europe, Africa, and Asia, seeking to understand the human condition and be in solidarity with people’s suffering.


Over 30 years, I’ve been inspired by Faith Traditions, Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness, Focusing, Enneagram of Personality, Non-Violent Communication, Child-Led Education, and more recently, Climate Activism.

My life experience gives me particular insights into issues of identity, culture, and spirituality, as well as relationships, family, and children.

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"What I call Focusing is paying attention to that unclear sense of something there"
E. Gendlin


“Catherine instantly made me feel comfortable...Its hard to build relationships that intimate with strangers and I felt a bond forming straight away which is a credit to her skills and professional personality”

KB 2022

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About Me



Accredited by the British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2021


  • 2016-2019 University of Gloucester FDSc with Distinction Award Person-centred Integrative Counselling

  • 1999-2000 University of Brighton Post Graduate Certificate in Education

  • 1993-1996 University of Sussex BA Honours in Social Anthropology with Linguistics


  • Private Practice since 2021

  • Heart to Heart Counselling Bristol 2019-2022 

  • Vine Counselling Services 2018-2019

Additional Training

  • Active Hope Training (for Climate & Eco-Anxiety) 2023 

  • Trauma and PTSD Training 2022

  • Level 2 Restorative Circles 2022

  • Level 2 Non-Violent Communication 2022

  • Focusing Certificate 2020

  • Cruse Bereavement Training 2019

  • Self-Injury Support Training 2018 

  • Level 2 Counselling Skills 2015

What I'm All About



I started counselling because I wanted to share the experience of being listened to non-judgementally and with compassion. Initially, I worked with women who self-harm and saw the powerful change an empathic relationship can bring about for people feeling isolated.


The Person-Centred Approach offers an alternative to feeling someone is trying to 'fix' you. 

I trust that you know what you need, and I'll be there with you, as you come back to your truth. 

Using an embodied approach and a range of methods such as Mindfulness, Non-Violent Communication, and Active Hope (for Climate and Eco-Anxiety), I can give you skills and help you come back to yourself, manage your relationships better, and engage with problems we see in the world.

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