Helping you live a life you always wanted.
Do you wish that you could stop feeling overwhelmed and anxious? Has a traumatic experience left you feeling disconnected or stuck in the past? Want to be able to learn to connect with yourself and others more easily? I can help.
I work with people just like you that have suffered from low mood and anxiety, felt under immense pressure and found themselves last priority.
I will help you learn about yourself, how you can develop tools to care for yourself and how to be the best version of yourself.
I enjoy helping people who feel lost to gain an understanding of where they want to be and how to get there.
I have a particular interest in supporting people who have experienced various traumas and the impact this can have on their lives. These events can leave people feeling completely disconnected from themselves and other people in their lives.
You may find that past events may play out over and over again in your head, you may have forgotten what it feels like to be you. I offer a supportive and confidential environment where you can learn to connect with yourself and others around you, help you feel less overwhelmed and anxious and deal with the events of the past.
I am Kate Bull, a Therapeutic Counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (showing that I meet their standards for a therapist to be ethical and effective) and I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
The approach I use in my counselling is integrative, with Transactional Analysis being my main model. In reality this means I pull together different models and theories that will help towards the helping the client reach their goals. Transactional Analysis is a versatile theory that looks at people’s behaviours and their relationships; working under idea that each individual is valuable and has the capacity for positive change and personal growth.
I have a broad base of experience working with people from all age groups and backgrounds, gained from my time spent counselling in a GP’s surgeries, Counselling services and a Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre within the past 6 years. During this time I have worked with many people experiencing many difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, and trauma and childhood abuse.
I enjoy working with people; so that they can gain a greater understanding of themselves and reach their full potential of mental health wellbeing.
My love of nature and being outdoors and how powerful it can be in increasing our sense of self and it’s healing power; has led me to have outdoor counselling sessions with clients (see the outdoor counselling section for further information).
I believe that given the right support, then a person can flourish and live the life that gives them joy and pleasure.
Nature has a great deal to offer us not only physically but also emotionally. Many ideas of ecopsychology suggest that having access to green space has a positive impact on mental health.
"Spending time in nature provides the space for inward reflection and the potential for transformation as we become conscious of our interconnectivity with the world around us." (Jordan, 2016)
I offer Outdoor therapy sessions based in Natural environments. Sessions take place in various settings in the North East; such as beaches in South Shields and Jesmond Dene Park.
If the weather is bad we will aim to walk in more sheltered areas. Walking when the weather is bad can also give an added sense of achievement and may influence your outlook on the work you are doing in the counselling. If the weather is extreme we can re-arrange our appointment if required.
You don’t need to have to be particularly fit to participate in outdoor therapy as the sessions are held at a pace that is comfortable for you. The routes will be planned so that there are benches to sit on if required.