Cathie O'Brien OD Consultant, Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Trainer 

  Specialising in organisations who work with vulnerable people in challenging environments 

Qualifications, Registration, Training & Experience

A whole service/systems approach to emotion-regulation


Post Grad Dip Relational Organisational Gestalt 2017

Post Grad Dip Supervision CYP 2013

MA Gestalt Psychotherapy 2006 – 2011

Post Grad Dip Gestalt Therapy 1999 – 2001

Other Qualifications:

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

NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing) 1983 -1985  

YOGA Foundation year 2016 - 2017. Consisting of 60 hrs, with the inner yoga trust. Scaravelli Inspired teacher training. Bringing awareness to the spine and its connection to the limbs and breath - empowering individuals to be aware of their bodies, exploring rather than forcing postures.

Registration and Accreditations:

UKCP Registered Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Approved

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

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

Experience 1983-2017:

Private Practice 2012- to date:

  • Psychotherapist, OD Consultant and Owner of Home & Away Psychological Therapies Service  - 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.
  • Student Counsellor Brookvale Adolescent Services (Cosham branch. Now CAMHS) 1999-2001

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)
  • Associate University Counsellor (Southampton, Hampshire) 2009 - 2010

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 working career:

  • I played top level indoor Volleyball (Div. 1 National league), represented 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. As well as 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).
  • 1992 Qualified fitness instructor.
  • 1981 -1985 Horse riding instructor.