Contact Me on 
'We repeat what we don't repair' 
- Christine Langley-Obaugh 
'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you' 
- Maya Angelou 
'We are what we think, having become what we thought' 
- Mark Epstein 
'The picture we present to ourselves of who we think we are obscures who we really are' 
- Mark Epstein 
'Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take the step' 
- Christine Langley-Obaugh 
Counselling and Psychotherapy in North Devon and surrounding areas 
 
Hello and a warm welcome to my website 
 

 How might counselling help me?  

Are you struggling to make sense of things and unable to control the negative downward spiral of your thoughts? 
Do you long to make lasting changes but find yourself trapped in the same old patterns of unhelpful experience? 
How can you find a greater understanding of yourself and your relationships with those around you? 
Would it help to explore your thoughts and feelings as they surface, in a safe, calm and confidential environment? 
My name is Catherine and I am warm, compassionate and easy to talk to. I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP and abide by its ethical framework. I offer a calm, confidential counselling service in Barnstaple for people based in and around North Devon. 
 
As your counsellor, I am passionately committed to building an open and trusting relationship where you can vocalise difficult feelings, such as anxiety, sadness or stress. Together we will undertake a gentle exploration of what has brought you to counselling and find ways of moving towards empowering you to make fresh choices for lasting change. 

How counselling can help 

I believe there are times for all of us when we may feel lost, helpless, unheard and alone. We may struggle with overwhelming feelings about ourselves, others and challenging events in our lives. But I also believe in our own inner ability to heal ourselves, build on our personal resources and view our lives from a place of greater clarity. Counselling is both a gentle but powerful process and one where I will strive to work alongside you to help you develop your inner strength, sense of purpose and potential to take back control of your life. 

Working with you 

As an integrative counsellor, I am able to draw on a range of counselling models, using those which meet your individual needs. In this way, I am able to combine a variety of ideas and approaches in your sessions which may deepen your self-awareness and sense of being heard and understood. 

Taking the first step 

I understand that taking the first step to ask for help can seem overwhelming. I also know that the idea of sharing difficult or intimate thoughts and feelings with someone you don't know can be a daunting prospect. If this is how it feels for you right now, then I would love to hear from you. I am able to offer a free initial thirty minute consultation to help with taking this first step. 
I can help you with 
Stress 
Abuse 
Anxiety 
Depression 
Family issues 
Suicidal thoughts 
Emotional trauma 
Domestic violence 
Building self belief 
Work related stress 
Feelings of isolation 
Anger management 
Separation and divorce 
Grief and bereavement 
Relationship and sexual issues 
Lack of meaning in life or sense of purposelessness 
This is by no means an exhaustive list and it might be that whatever you bring to counselling may not fit into any particular category at all.