Dr Kate Du Toit
CPsychol, HCPC reg, AFBPsS, BA(Hons), FHEA
Works With Ages 18 and over
For many individuals, the decision to seek help with personal issues through psychotherapy is an understandably daunting experience and it can be difficult to know where to start, especially given the magnitude of information available online that refers to various approaches, theories, and techniques as beneficial for different problems. Although theoretical knowledge and psychotherapeutic approach is important, in my view the success of any therapeutic work is largely dependent upon the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. In essence, it is how the therapist and client connect, collaborate, and experience one another that ultimately determines the course of therapy and serves as the vehicle for change. With this in mind, my therapeutic stance is always aimed at facilitating a genuine, honest and real engagement with my clients founded upon trust, care and openness that allows for exploration of personal and sensitive issues within a safe and confidential therapeutic space.
Psychotherapy is a process of self-discovery and exploration, both for personal development and/or to resolve personal struggles that may involve around relational, emotional, behavioural or psychological difficulties. There are many reasons why someone might benefit from therapy; it can enable people to widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them, to understand themselves and their dilemmas better, to come to terms with past, present or future crises, and to gain clarity through discovering a sense of passion and purpose in their lives. In this way, therapy can be a useful platform to help individuals take stock of their predicaments, accept the inevitable struggles of life, and to find ways of living more consciously, deliberately and meaningfully.
My approach is largely influenced by existential, humanistic, and psychodynamic schools of thought. As an integrative practitioner, I utilise these approaches flexibly in accordance with the subjective needs and difficulties of each client, taking into account all dimensions of their lived experience (i.e., personal, physical, social, and spiritual). My style of working is collaborative, dialogical and interactive in nature, taking into consideration a holistic understanding of each person’s unique predicament in terms of past experiences, present situation and future goals, and the ways in which their dilemma manifests itself on an emotional, embodied, and relational level. I pay particular attention to the intricate ways in which one’s relationship with themselves, with others, and with the world around them impacts how they engage with problems in living and life in general. This explorative and facilitative process is intended to help individuals take greater responsibility, consciously and actively, for shaping their lives in ways that they identity as most satisfying and meaningful to them.
My therapeutic endeavours are intended at addressing and examining the nature and function of one’s difficulties, with the aim of fostering increased awareness and self-understanding that promotes purposeful and satisfactory resolution of issues on the client’s own terms. The primary motivation of my work is to help individuals clarify their situation, confront their struggles, and take stock of their predicaments. By widening their perspective of themselves and the world around them and tackling the inevitable conflicts and dilemmas of their existence, clients are encouraged to reflect upon how they wish to live and what stands in the way of change. This exploratory process can be challenging at times, but it also brings with it a sense of relief and comfort in being able to take responsibility for the ways in which they have chosen to live, and consequently how they choose to live their lives moving forward.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). My experience includes working with a wide range of client groups across a variety of settings including the NHS, forensic, private and charity sectors as well as organizational settings. My clinical expertise and interests are focused on, but not limited to, trauma, anxiety, depression, meaninglessness, attachment and relational difficulties, emotional regulation, life transitions, sexuality, culture and gender identity issues.
I am also an experienced supervisor, trainer and a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to my clinical practice, I have spent several years working in academia on doctoral trainings in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. I am particularly passionate passion about existential, phenomenological and postmodern philosophies and their application to clinical practice. My research interests include topics that seek to question or challenge the prevailing medical discourse, in addition to those that involve giving voice to oppressed or marginalized groups, themes of embodiment, intersubjectivity, gender and sexuality, and the use of creativity and arts in therapeutic practice. I am a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and hold a certificate in Clinical Supervision and Existential Coaching.
At the British CBT & Counselling Service, we are Doctors of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychologists & CBT Therapists specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults and children.
We can help anyone experiencing all types of mental health problems including addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship problems, stress and other distressing emotional problems.
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