Catherine Vase

Does your child need some extra support?


From time to time, just like adults, children and adolescents also face challenges in their lives. If they are having ongoing trouble with behaviour or mood, then a child psychotherapist is a good person to talk to.


Catherine is an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is also a member of the The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). She works with her clients to support them through difficult life experiences, helping them make sense of feelings, heal, transform and build healthy relationships with others.


Catherine recognises that every child or young person is unique, with different factors contributing to their difficulties, emotions and behaviours. This is why she treats every child as an individual and tailors their therapy to their specific needs, and creates a safe space for the child to be understood and have their concerns addressed.


Catherine often finds it useful to work with parents and caregivers as well. Working together to understand the underlying issues to a child’s presenting difficulties can help the whole family. Regular meetings with parents and caregivers is part of the work; an opportunity to see how the work is progressing. Catherine also offers parenting support.


At the centre of Catherine's work is the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship with the child or adolescent, based on empathy, acceptance and curiosity. She has a highly creative and vibrant relationship with imagination, play and the arts and understands the importance of warmth and humour when working with children. Her integrative practice draws upon psychodynamic, attachment theory, object relations, humanistic models and neuroscience. She has found that these elements help her to consider a child’s emotional distress in a holistic way and support the therapeutic process, helping her clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe and contained way.


Catherine is a published author and illustrator of over twenty children's books that have been translated into eleven other languages. This experience has given her a deep understanding of the power of metaphor and symbolism told through stories and image. She too has a background in facilitating creative workshops for groups of both children and adults. This role has taught her about holding space with sensitivity and care, enabling others to connect with playfulness, spontaneity, vitality and ultimately their feelings and experiences in a safe way.


Common reasons for seeking a child psychotherapist include:

Feeling angry • temper tantrums • feeling sad or depressed • anxiety • panic attacks • self-harm • low self-esteem • facing trauma • communication problems • feeling lonely • social exclusion • issues linked with the Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or Special Educational Needs (SEN) • family break-ups • bereavement/ losing someone • sleeping difficulties • bed-wetting • eating and food-related problems • being bullied • feelings of emptiness • feeling overwhelmed • feeling out of control • physical/emotional/sexual abuse • feeling different • identity issues.


Get in Touch:

If you would like to book an appointment with Catherine, give us a call on 08001934551 today or send us an email info@tree-of-life-clinic.com.

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