Cathie O'Brien Gestalt Psychotherapy,Supervision,Training & Consultancy

  Specialising in organisations who work with vulnerable people in challenging environments 

Qualifications, Registration, Training & Experience

A whole service/systems approach to emotion-regulation



NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing) 1983 -1985

ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education) 1995 - 1997


Cert Counselling 1997 -1998

Post Grad Dip Gestalt Therapy 1999 – 2001

MA Gestalt Psychotherapy 2006 – 2011

Post Grad Dip Supervision CYP 2013

Post Grad Cert Relational Organisational Gestalt 2016 - 2017

Post Grad Dip Relational Organisational Gestalt 2017


Yoga: Undertaking The Foundation Year of the Diploma in Yoga, consisting of 60 hrs, with the Inner Yoga Trust.

Registration and Accreditations:

UKCP Registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist.

UKCP Approved Supervisor

BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist (Children and Young Persons)

BACP Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist 2005 to date 

UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapist 
(Search the registers under Catherine O’Brien)


AIM 2 Trained ( Not Practising).

Training in Youth Mental Health.

Cert Play Therapy - Sand Play, Story Telling, Puppetry and Mask's, Dance and Movement, Music Skills.

ESTD Foundation Course Understanding and working with Dissociation.

SCID-D: Evidence based diagnosis and informed treatment for dissociative disorders and complex PTSD ( Not Practising).

Heather Geddes  Working with attachment issues in young clients.

Pat Ogden New Directions in Child and Adolescent treatment - A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach (SPI).

Gilles Delisle Supervised practicum in Object Relational Gestalt Therapy.

Practitioner Training In Restorative Approaches(not Practising).

Inter-Agency Child Protection Training – Working with Survivors of Abuse

Inter-Agency Child Protection Training – Working with Child Abuse: Brief Therapy with Children and Families.

Hampshire County Council – Assessment Framework for Practitioners.

Understanding the Mental Health Continuum – From Stress to Psychosis – Mindfields College

Unconscious relational Patterns, Cumulative Neglect, and Therapeutic Involvement – Dr Richard G Erskine.

Assessment and Treatment of Suicidality: A psychological Approach – Dr Eoin Galavan.

The Assessment and Treatment of Young people who self Harm – Dr Terence Nice.

Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder - ACAMHS

Child Protection - up to date Training - 2016

Mental Capacity Act & Dols - NHS

DBS - I hold an up to date Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate June 2016.

Experience 1983-2017:

Private Practice 2012- to date:

  • Psychotherapist, OD Consultant and Owner of Home & Away Psychological Therapies Service for Children and Young people - please look at this website for further information. 

Private Sector 2011 - 2013:

  • Head of Psychological Therapies in a BESD School and Children's Home. Here I developed a whole service approach to working with interpersonal trauma and this involved training, psychoeducational work, supervision, in house multi- disciplinary meetings and multi - agency therapeutic network meetings ( please see publications).

NHS 2003 - 2011:

  • Tier 4 CAMHS - Highly Specialist Psychotherapist and Team Lead of CAMHS service in a Children's Secure Unit, working across the Youth Justice System, Social Care, Education and NHS Services.
  • Tier 4 CAMHS - Highly Specialist Psychotherapist and Team lead of a CAMHS community team specialising in forensic and complex behaviours. ( Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire).
  • Tier 3 CAMHS - CAMHS Community Therapist for Looked After Children delivering Consultancy, Supervision, Training and Therapeutic work within public sector Children's Homes and Fostering and Adoption teams. (Andover, Winchester, Hythe, Hampshire)
  • During my early career I Worked in Paediatrics, Orthopaedics and Intensive Care 1985 - 1986.

Education 2001- 2003 & Higher Education 2012 - 2014.

  • School Counsellor - Developed two School Counselling Services, including their feeder Schools, delivering therapeutic interventions and group work, working closely with the pastoral team, SENCO and Heads of year 2001 - 2003. (Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire) 
  • University Counsellor - Worked part time in a University Counselling Service 2012 - 2014 (Portsmouth, Hampshire)

Social Care 1986 - 2001:

  • Assistant Social Worker in a Leaving Care team ( Fareham, Hampshire)
  • Family Support Worker in a Family Support team (Gosport, Hampshire)
  • Residential Social Services Officer (Southampton, Hampshire)
  • Assistant Manager of a Social Services Day Nursery (Liverpool, Merseyside)
  • Nursery Nurse, Liverpool Social Services. (Liverpool, Merseyside) 

NHS 1985 -1986:

  • Paediatric Nursery Nurse working in Paediatrics, Orthopaedics and Intensive Care (Arrowe Park Hospital, Merseyside)

Sporting Career 1983 - 2006:

  • Running along side my career I played top level indoor Volleyball, representing England and coached at a national league level. This underpinned, fuelled and influenced my current passion for teamwork and taught me what it takes to develop a functional team and what teams can achieve when they work together for the common goal regardless of differences, different roles and different levels of experience and much more....... (Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Guildford and Portsmouth).